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Millionaire mates who own Sydney pubs slam 'whining and self entitled' workers

Nov 22, 2020
Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, founders of the Mary's Group who own Sydney's Lansdowne and Unicorn hotels haven't held back on their opinions on young hospitality workers.
Millionaire mates who own Sydney pubs slam 'whining and self entitled' workers

Millionaire mates who own some of the biggest pubs in Sydney slam 'whining and self-entitled' young workers who are lazy, 'too easily offended' and need to 'stay off Instagram'

Hospitality gurus have slammed whining' and 'self-entitled' young workersKenny Graham and Jake Smyth say it's 'almost impossible' to run businessClaimed on podcast many young employees have false idea of work-life balance

By Kylie Stevens and Charlotte Karp For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:45 EST, 22 November 2020 | Updated: 04:45 EST, 22 November 2020

Two millionaire hospitality gurus have unleashed an extraordinary attack on 'whining' and 'self-entitled' young workers for making it 'almost impossible' to run a business. 

Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, founders of Mary's Group which owns Sydney's iconic Lansdowne and Unicorn hotels, used their podcast The Fat to take aim at 'lazy' employees who never had to endure the era of abusive bosses in the early-2000s.

Mr Smyth, who began working at McDonald's the age of 14, said the industry had over-corrected from the 'bad old days' w managers would scream at kitchen and bar staff.

He said the treatment of younger staff in the last few decades had left workers without perspective and in need of a reality check. 

 Hospitality gurus Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth believe many young workers in the industry today don't have same work ethic which has seen them succeed

'It's almost impossible to run a business now without offending somebody. It's almost impossible to run a life without f***ing offending somebody,' Mr Smyth said, according to the Sun Herald. 

'You're seeing it so clearly with this cancel culture behaviour, which seems to be getting some sort of push-back now, thank f***. I think COVID has given some perspective to life, to a degree.'

He and Mr Graham stressed that only a small minority of their employees were 'self-entitled little f***s', adding the vast majority were 'hard-working beasts'.

The pair also claimed the emphasis of having a work-life balance had also contributed to the problem and given employees a false idea of what it entails.

Jake Smyth (right) says it's almost impossible to run a business now without causing offense

The founders of the Mary's Group who own Sydney's iconic Lansdowne Hotel (pictured) called on young hospitality workers to use their downtime and days off more wisely

'The luxury that I got given as a kid was you can choose what you want to be. That was the thing my parents and my grandparents fought to give me. I thought the whole idea was trying to find a f***ing job that you loved, and that's your work-life balance,' Mr Smyth added.

The pair encouraged young hospitality staff to use their downtime and days off more wisely rather than 'getting hammered' and glued to their phones and on social media.

'On your days off, just actually put your f***ing phone down,' Mr Smyth pleaded.

'Don't respond to the message on the WhatsApp group, and don't check your emails. Stay off Instagram. Actually treat your two days like you're on holiday.'

Mr Smyth stands by his comments on the podcast and believes employees use mental health as an excuse too often.

Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham also run Sydney's popular Unicorn Hotel (pictured)

'It's just this slippery slope of scapegoating your own mental health responsibilities. It shows up in poor work ethic, lateness, too much drinking, poor performance at work in general,' he told the Sun Herald. 

He also believes the importance of hard work has also been lost.

'T seems to have been an explosion of laying the blame for your own lack of ambition or inability to disconnect from social media on work, as opposed to calling it for what it is, which is you not taking f***ing responsibility for your own agency and own position in life,' Mr Smyth added.

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