Advice to Millennials in the Foodservice Industry

Throughout the entirety of the restaurant industry, there are signs and symptoms of a generational clash between millennials and those from older generations. While many millennials in the industry feel undervalued at their place of work, their supervisors and employers often complain about what they perceive to be a poor or altogether absent work ethic among millennials. Millennials should try to keep a few things in mind about the industry. For one, the generation needs to participate in the culture of tipping. They also must understand boundaries with employers, and should be prepared to put in full effort at any place of employment regardless of whether the job is something about which they feel passionate. Millennials also must learn to operate within a team and be ready to dedicate time and effort before expecting a payout.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recent surveys have found that a striking number of millennials fail to tip appropriately when they dine away from home
  • Whether or not you see yourself staying in a position for the long haul, it is still mandatory to meet acceptable standards of performance and conduct
  • Teamwork is essential to success, and you cannot expect to receive anything that you have not spent time working to earn

“Managers are not parents (see #2 below), but sometimes it seems difficult to criticize a younger generation without it going in one ear and out the other.”

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