A bar owner wanted to help the fired staff. They didn’t expect this

Absurdly driven Usually looks at the business world with a skeptical eye and a tongue firmly in the cheek.

So many bar and restaurant owners are in turmoil right now.

Their businesses have disappeared, as if a cruel magician had come in the night.

I have spoken to several restaurateurs who go out of their way to stay afloat. There is take out and delivery. There is also, like a restaurant I recently wrote about, by selling your cleaning products and other items at cost price.

It seems almost cruel to ask if bar and restaurant owners can do more, but many are still trying to find new ways to help their own staff. They think it’s the least they can do.

Restaurants don’t just want to keep at least one or two people employed. They also want to stay in touch with – and be on good terms with – employees they have had to fire. How can they maintain an emotional attachment to them?

Hospitality is all about emotions. Deep attachments are made. And owners know how difficult it is to find and keep good employees.

Jennifer Knox, owner of the Sand Bar in Tybee Island, Georgia, wanted to help her four unemployed bartenders, two musicians and others.

She stared at the walls and suddenly realized they had at least one answer. Like her Recount CNN:

We were sitting there with the doors locked and I’m like oh my god there’s money on the walls and we have some free time. We need to withdraw this money.

The Sand Bar is one of those places where dollar bills and those of other currencies are pinned to the walls.

I have often wondered who was the first to create this phenomenon. I’ve always wondered what happened to the dollar bills in the end.

In Knox’s case, removing those invoices was a lot of work. It was, after all, for $ 3,714. It took five people three and a half days to carefully bring them down.

When the locals heard what was going on, they contributed a bit too. For staff, the money was, at least in one case, a month’s rent – something crucial at the time.

You will tell me that kindness is not a strategy.

However, when people finally get out of their homes and return to something that even vaguely resembles their normal life, they can be a little different.

Greed, selfishness, and wealth maximization may seem (slightly) less interesting than community, camaraderie, and loyalty.

So many times people claim that we are all in the same boat. Too often this is not exactly noticeable in practice.

We were taught individualism. We have been told that success is a one-person show.

Yet the very definition of success may well change a bit. It can begin to embrace collective values ​​rather than individualism and human warmth rather than the best deal.

It pays to prepare your business for this. It is worth considering how your business can benefit from a new atmosphere, in which insecurity and isolation had a possibly lasting effect. You can start by thinking about the people who matter most: the employees and customers who are not currently around.

Think about them now and they will remember when it is all over.

It took the Sand Bar patrons fifteen years to donate that $ 3,714.

I wonder what the next fifteen months will look like for Knox and its employees.

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