CoCo Reflections from Celeste Bayer:
This Week’s CoCo: Think Hard
I find that thinking hard can be hard. When you google Think Hard this is what comes up, “To consider or give serious or careful thought to. Rack brains. Deliberate. Consider.” I find those words a little startling as none of those things are easy tasks to do. Most things we do require this type of thinking, but that gets really difficult and honestly quite draining. Sometimes when I drive I just sit in silence pondering the things that are going on in my life. I like to think of this as my Think Hard time. I do not think I do this enough and I don’t think I value it enough either. Silence and solitude helps me consider and give serious thought to what I need. Maybe that is work or maybe that is something personal. This thinking is necessary if we are to improve our work and interpret information correctly. When we do not do this, we risk jumping to conclusions and speaking too quickly (may have happened once or twice to me;)). Thinking hard takes time and I think it is a skill we can improve on. I think the opposite of this commitment is turning off your brain through numbing activities like Netflix or scrolling on Instagram because those things do not require us to think hard. Yes, those activities are okay (I mean who doesn’t enjoy binging a show), but in moderation. I find it is easier for me to turn to those things instead of being deliberate with my time, which is always a personal goal I try to improve on. I think that some serious crushery could be done in our work and in our personal lives, if we took the time to think hard!
Next Week’s CoCo: Clean the Corners
Unpopular opinion, but cleaning is actually super soothing and therapeutic. I enjoy seeing everyday messes turn into something beautiful (also any excuse to jam out to music). My mom used to tell me that a clean room reflected more than just a clean space, but it represented other aspects of your life. I did not always understand that as a child, but it makes a lot more sense now. Picking your room up represents what you value and how you care about things around you. If we transfer this to our workspace, it can show customers and your coworkers that you value and care about the space and your work. When we choose not to clean the corners, we reflect that we do not care about our craft and our space. It is a super small thing but it makes all the difference. I can think of coming into spaces to eat and meet up with people and as soon as I can’t find a clean table or it is overall messy, I am immediately turned off and make snap judgments about the place. This place could be amazing and have the best food or drink, but because of the lack of care for their space, I miss that opportunity. If I am like that then it makes me wonder how many more people are like that? Cleaning the corners inadvertently communicates care, which is the big picture Stone Creek is trying to show. Care for the company, the customers, and for the craft! So I challenge you this week to give attention to a task that may be looked over or skipped like pulling the weeds in the front of your cafe or dusting in every single mug! There are always things that are missed that create opportunities for us to #cleanthecorners!
- Think Hard: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Shorewood Cafe – Kaylee Pikula! When it comes to #thinkinghard, Kaylee brings forth a strong mindset and willingness to work with others that leads to wins in the cafe! Whether it’s asking thoughtful questions about built in team processes or suggesting new ideas that impact the cafe in a positive way, Kaylee crushes it. Thanks for all you do Kaylee!
- Clean the Corners: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Office – Harmony Krafttakacs! Harmony is always working on projects to beautify our spaces, whether it is visually making things look appealing, or working behind the scenes to clean up our product line offering. Thanks Harmony for always cleaning the corners!
SCC Transportation Grant: Hey Coffee Geeks! In striving to be equitable, inclusive, and environmentally conscious, SCC offers a transportation grant
opportunity to a handful of team members each quarter. This grant is awarded based on need. Team members who receive this grant will receive a monthly reimbursement towards a bus pass, bike, etc. If your primary method of transportation to work is something other than a personal vehicle and you are interested in participating, please email teams@stonecreekcoffee. com to request an application. All current and previous recipients should reach out to Teams to request a new application to reapply for the upcoming quarter. We will be accepting applications through the end of the day on Monday, October 10, 2022. Q4 grant recipients will be selected by the end of the day on Monday, October 17th. Please see the 2022 Employee Handbook for additional details.
- Seasonal Health & Safety: As colder weather approaches, we enter into the cold & flu season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We Create Remarkable Care through our actions and choices. At SCC, we know that caring for ourselves helps Take Care of Our Coworkers too! See the attached Seasonal Health & Safety Guide for a few reminders, notes and tools to help us reduce the risk of illness and stay safe and healthy this winter. Read more in our Seasonal Health & Safety Guide here.
- Donating to Milwaukee Rescue Mission: We are excited to restart our relationship with Milwaukee Rescue Mission! On the evening of 10/31 all cafes will begin gathering donatable bakery products in empty bakery bins, to be delivered back to the Factory. The success of this program requires the careful coordination of our Retail, Driving, and Bakery Teams. The complete process can be found in the documents sent to cafes. Please take special note of what is donatable and what is not as well as which days our bakery will be donated, and which days it should be thrown out.
- November NSL Workshop Details: Our next round of NSL Workshops are quickly approaching! We are excited to host NSL Workshops in person once again! Attendance is required. Please take a look at your team’s NSL Workshop time and closing details below. Closing signage will be delivered to each cafe ahead of time and should be hung up by the appropriate date below.
- Session 1: Tuesday, November 1st at 5pm at Delafield – Oconomowoc & Delafield (close cafe at 4pm, post Closing Early signs on Mon 10/24)
- Session 2: Wednesday, November 2nd at 4pm at the Factory – Bakery & Production (No early closure)
- Session 3: Thursday, November 3rd at 6pm at Glendale – Shorewood and Glendale (close cafe at 5pm, post Closing Early signs on Mon 10/24)
- Session 4: Thursday, November 3rd at 4pm at the Factory – Factory, Harwood & Wauwatosa Bluemound (close cafe at 3pm, post Closing Early signs on Mon 10/24)
- Session 5: Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm at Downer – Downer Cafe & Kitchen (close cafe at 5pm, post Closing Early signs on Mon 10/24)
- Office Staff: Please review the dates, times, and locations above and RSVP to Rachel Perik (email@example.com) regarding which session you plan to attend by end of day, October 14th.
- Please reach out to your Team Leader, Karen Strange, or Teams & People if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
- 11/10 TNT: Mark your calendars! The next Thursday Night Throwdown is November 10th. This TNT is going to be a party- literally, a costume party! There will be two brackets, a beginner’s bracket and an experienced bracket, and a Costume Contest. We’ll be giving away prizes for all of the above! Please note that anyone who has been a barista for less than a year qualifies for the beginner’s bracket. Posters with QR codes will be making their way to cafes in the coming weeks!
Wins & Shout-outs:
Email the Employee Celebration Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to recognize or celebrate a teammate. Or if you want to make a public shout-out, email Val (email@example.com) to include in the next Employee Newsletter!
- 10/12 – Andy Kubash
- 10/12 – Emma McClure
- 10/15 – Kim Dunn
- 10/17 – Makayla Drutowski
- 10/18 – Chase Sullivan
- 10/19 – Johnny Zei
- 10/20 – Destiny Williams
- 10/21 – Abby Barlow
- 10/21 – Alexis Westhoff
- 10/24 – Joey Mandarino
- 10/25 – Dominique Whitney
- Brianna Arnold – 1 year!
- Madisen DeBord – 1 year!
- Selina Domenech – 4 years!
- Christopher Hoag – 5 years!
- Corina Lopez – 7 years!
- Lauren Matenaer – 1 year!
- Emma McClure – 1 year!
- River Cardwell – Oconomowoc
- Veronica Winkler – Baker
- Avianna Holmes – Delafield
- Olivia Jack – Glendale
- Alexis Reed – Harwood
Employee Discount Codes:
Please don’t share these with non-employees
- 20% Employee-Only Website Coupon Code
- October: Oct22sccemp
- 40% Employee-Only Mobile App Coupon Code
- October: Oct22sccemp
Ways to Speak Up:
Do you want to speak up about ideas, thoughts, and more? Send an email to Teams & People (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the button below to send a note anonymously.