Problem Solvers

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there.  I'm really missing mine tonight.  For a lot of reasons.  He was tirelessly thoughtful.  He was hardworking.  He looked out for the little guy. 

And he looked out for me.

But the quality that I really miss in him?  He knew how to solve a damn problem.

I'll keep it short because it's been a hell of a week.  I'm having a hard time hiring and keeping staff at my restaurant.  It feels like no matter how much money or how many perks I offer, no matter how much I try to make people feel valued, no matter how much I give of my own time: no one wants to work through discomfort anymore.  Folks have a bad day or two, and they quit. Lately, it feels like people talk about preserving their mental health as though every day needs to be fulfilling, and they don't know how to deal with difficult moments.

Not like my dad.  He looked at every hardship as an opportunity.  

Reader, working through problems teaches us conflict resolution.  Before it becomes a lost art, let's not forget that problems are a chance to grow, to come up with new ideas, to help us evolve.  As we go through our week, let's not forget: there is no such thing as a perfect set of circumstances.  We can only try to make our circumstances better through leaning into discomfort and meeting it head on with resilience and grit.  With that, this daughter of a problem solver is off to bed so I can continue to meet tomorrow's challenges.  I'll see you next week. -Em 

2 comments

  • Frank
    Frank Rockford
    Your perspective is grossly warped. As a business owner in 2021 you're being forced to face fairness of pay and other dignity issues within the workforce. Your response is self-absorbed, entitled, whiny, as you attempt to gatekeep mental health and blame the victims. You choose to be a restaurant owner and with the help of your grifting schemes, were able to. Now, as you struggle to force others to submit to unfair wages and poor working conditions, you whine and blame the ones who chose to move on to a job that hopefully meets their needs. You have a lot to learn. Good luck.

    Your perspective is grossly warped. As a business owner in 2021 you're being forced to face fairness of pay and other dignity issues within the workforce. Your response is self-absorbed, entitled, whiny, as you attempt to gatekeep mental health and blame the victims. You choose to be a restaurant owner and with the help of your grifting schemes, were able to. Now, as you struggle to force others to submit to unfair wages and poor working conditions, you whine and blame the ones who chose to move on to a job that hopefully meets their needs. You have a lot to learn. Good luck.

  • Emily Hurd
    Emily Hurd
    Well, "Frank," I invite you to pop into The Norwegian and speak to an employee. Take your pick. Ask them what they make, if they're happy with it, and how much their mental health is valued. You're gonna find a staff that sees management fighting for living wages and quality of life at every turn. I have since the beginning. It's you--with your uninformed self righteous "gotcha" logic and no evidence to back it up that has a lot to learn.

    Well, "Frank," I invite you to pop into The Norwegian and speak to an employee. Take your pick. Ask them what they make, if they're happy with it, and how much their mental health is valued. You're gonna find a staff that sees management fighting for living wages and quality of life at every turn. I have since the beginning. It's you--with your uninformed self righteous "gotcha" logic and no evidence to back it up that has a lot to learn.

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