Help with my work

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    Jan 03, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Hey guys

    I have been in hospitality management for many (far too many!) years.
    Currently, I am running the functions department in a 5-star.

    My issue is with one of my supervisors under me. He is also gay, but there is only a friendship involved, so let's clear that up right at the start.
    My superiors feel that he is treading water, and doesn't want to progress in his career.

    I don't accept that. Personally, I feel that he needs better training and a mentor-type to help him understand the mechanics of the industry. He knows well how to do his job, he is very good at it, but he doesn't seem to have a keen sense of what he needs to learn to progress.

    Financials is his downfall - he doesn't get profit and loss reports, cost of goods and payroll etc. I am trying really hard to teach him, and he is starting to understand, but I wonder if any of you have any advice on techniques I could use to really ramp up his learning and interest in his future.

    thanks in advance
    cronks xx
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    is it his understanding or his desire?

    Some people get to a point were they are comfortable for the time being either due to life commitments or desires for what ever life they have.

    this constant idea that people must progress in work I think is stupid some people make as much money as they need and feel no desire to go any further perhaps because he enjoys where he is or because he doesn't desire the extra responsibility of moving up.

    have a quiet personal talk with him.

    If he doesn't desire movement but your manager/s can't understand or accept that then encourage him to find work elsewhere and give him an amazingly glowing reference.
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    Jan 03, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    thanks tank,

    yeah, i think that's where we are heading.
    we have already had the talk that you mention.

    he wants a pay rise, which is fair, and to be honest, i don't think he really wants to take his career further.

    problem is, he could be really great if he wanted to go further.

    i agree with you that the idea of constant improvement from your management can be soul-destroying, especially if you are just happy coasting along with your current work. it is unfortunate that it is part of the landscape in work today.

    without trying to sound selfish, my problem is that my bosses want me to work him out, and i really can't do that if he is lost to the cause.

    love cronks xx
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    Jan 03, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    perhaps he wants work to pay the bills and give him a little gratification but his real interests might lay outside of work.

    he might appear to be coasting in his job but that doesn't mean he's not doing something fore filing or at least doing something that helps his life be fore filing.