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I’ve been working with a hotel on the island of Canouan for a number of years and, by far, this is the worst management it has ever been under.
The foreign manager has absolutely no respect for their workers.
The hotel is now experiencing the worst of times as a result of the destructive, immoral and unethical practices of its current management. The head chef has been involved in many incidents, including crashing the company’s vehicle, which would warrant a final warning or even job termination for local staff.
Yet nothing happens to him. He has assaulted the front office manager, who had to stay in the hotel for a few days as she was so traumatized by the occurrence. He has pulled a knife at a sous chef, who was later fired, even as the head chef, who initiated the altercation, retained his job.
Not too long after, the head chef got into a fight with another staff member who was fired, and again, the head chef remained untouched.
He assaulted another of his workers by hitting her on her bottom and, again, nothing came out of this.
He didn’t stop there. He scuffled a staff member in the kitchen and this incident stirred up a lot of questions because the manager got involved after he claimed that it was the staff member who started the incident. However, when the manager checked the security cameras, it was discovered that the chef was actually the one who started the incident.
He continued his abusive behaviour with the staff when he disrespected another staff and chucked her, resulting in her quitting the job.
His most recent incident where he began using a lot of obscenities at an employee and began pelting glasses at him, resulting in the worker receiving bodily harm.
The Human Resources Manager also has a big part to play in all of this. The Human Resources Manager is known to cover up many things when this chef and the General Manager are in trouble with staff members, as no matter how wrong they might be, The Human Resources Manager always finds a way to make it seems as if the workers are always to be blamed.
My understanding of a human resources department in a company is that they are supposed to be neutral in everything and should never side with anyone, staff or management. This is not so at this hotel. The Head Chef had even showed the Human Resources Manager that her authority meant nothing to him by tearing up his time card in front of her and walking away — and then again nothing happens.
Please do not misinterpret the aforementioned situation to be a reflection on all foreign management bodies across St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is only a reflection of a few who, unfortunately, have placed the others in a bad light. I just want to urge those who are responsible to wake up and pay attention to those who are unfair and unjust to Vincentians.
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