At this point of the semester, you may already be tired of how many times we have mentioned the word “family” to describe us, the staff at Hillsborough BBQ Company. It’s true though. We behave as if we were members of a huge family. For instance, we make a lot of jokes and laugh out loud.
We teach each other how to use some basic tools…
Or we discover how basic things work together.
When any of us needs help, we are willing to lend him or her a hand.
We talk about our real families. Hey, how is that ear-infection your baby got recently? I have one nowadays and it’s killing me. You should visit a doctor, man.
We double-check that we didn’t miss important pieces of information. For example, does “onion jalapeños” mean “extra onion and jalapeños” instead of “no pickles but onion and jalapeños”?
Not only once but twice.
We passionately discuss about sports too. There is a Duke side of the family, and there’s a Tar Heel side of the family. I know you are a Tar Heel, but what do you think? Shall Jabari Parker go to the NBA next year? I don’t think so. Well, yes, I do!
Because, let’s be honest. We love sports.
But sometimes we also need to tell each other, Hey! Wake up! What are you doing? How could you forget that it was your turn? Do your job!
And then tension emerges especially when somebody has to make up the work other people didn’t do before.
Perhaps a cigarette in the backyard would help?
Expressing our anger and frustration freely does help.
But we know that after that, a big laughter will calm us down. At least partially.
Because well, we told you, we are a family. And families have problems all the time. And families fight as well. But since we care for each other, after all this tension, we’ll just go back to work, forget about what happened, and look for solutions instead of just whining like spoiled kids.
Author’s post data: This project is about the workers at this restaurant rather than clients and consumers. Worker’s individualities, their work environment, their interactions. But when three bikers looking like the Hell’s Angels are nice enough to pose for a photo, how can you exclude them from this post?