ADRIANO MONTANA, GENERAL MANAGER OF A EUREST RESTAURANT AT A NATIONAL COMPANY'S HEAD OFFICE IS EXCITED ABOUT THE WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE AND TALKS ABOUT THE VITAL ROLE OF WORKPLACE RESTAURANTS IN RECRUITMENT AND MORALE — AND THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES HE'S EXPERIENCED.
"I’ve been with the business for eight years now — two years in my current role — and I can’t imagine leaving.
"I’ve learned that companies need to concentrate on their core business but also want to provide their people with a great working environment, so they contact Compass and ask them to take responsibility for catering for their employees.
"It means our clients can be 100 per cent focused on the core of what they do, but more than that — the workplace restaurant acts as an incentive to employees, helping them attract and retain the best talent. They’re able to say: "Look at what we can offer you." And it is quite something; the level of service here is first rate, the chef is amazing, and so the food is great. When we get new members of staff they’re amazed by the food on offer.
"My client likes innovation, and that allows us to provide our customers with a range of dishes and cuisines, while still following the same procedures that mean the food is right.
"It means my client gets a real benchmark of quality, matched by the creativity that comes from our great chefs. I love being part of the service we provide."
So how did it all start?
"I joined the company in January 2005, starting off as an assistant front-of-house manager working for our InStore business which is part of the wider Compass family.
"I’ve had amazing opportunities to progress through different roles in several areas of the business, leading to an invitation to get involved in our Evolve training programme as one of the pioneer recruits.
"I’ve been extremely fortunate during my time at Compass because I’ve had some amazing managers who have pushed me to develop, encouraged me to take a day off to go to college on a given day each week, and generally supported my improvement. In fact it was my General Manager who suggested that I go for it when the Evolve programme started.
"The most important thing about Evolve was that it opened my eyes to just how much amazing stuff this company does. Before Evolve when I spoke about Compass I only spoke about the area I worked in, I thought small, because that’s what I knew.
"But after Evolve, it was ‘wow’ — like a light bulb had turned on and I saw this whole other world of opportunities, and suddenly I felt I knew the business so well.
"If someone wants to move around the world with their job here, there are the opportunities to do that; opportunities that go well beyond what many people expect."