CoCo Reflections from Silken Buska:
Hi there! My name is Silken! I’ve worked at Stone Creek part time for over 9 years! Crazy town! I currently work at the Tosa Blue cafe as a master barista. During my time at Stone Creek I’ve called my cafe home to Shorewood, old Whitefish Bay, Downer and was recently a tour guide for a couple years! When I’m not serving custies coffee, I’m a chiropractic assistant and choreographer. When I’m not working, I’m probably hanging out with my husband, cooking or learning about holistic health. I’m not a great writer but I can talk (sometimes too much…) but I’m so excited to share my thoughts about our Core Commitments these next few months!
This Week’s CoCo: Keep Your Commitments
Keeping our commitments is something so important as workers and as people. As someone who does many things, keeping my commitments has been something very important and essential to me. When someone asks if there’s a task we can do or shift to be picked up, it’s vital for us to take a look at our current expectations or schedule and see if we can commit to what someone is asking us to do. It’s our job to care for customers, so in cafe when we tell them we will bring out their fresh refill or make their drink less hot we can show our care by keeping those small commitments. It’s just as important to keep the small and the big. As we keep smaller commitments it then leads us to larger ones. Sometimes it’s easier to just say yes all the time to help and you don’t know it wasn’t something you could take on until it’s too late. So carefully thinking about if you’re able to keep your word is a very important step to #keepyourcommitments.
Next Week’s CoCo: Think Hard
I find that in my personal and work life sometimes thinking hard can be exhausting. Depending on what my current season is or what I’m working on. Sometimes it’s so easy to come up with new ideas and be on the ball but this coco is one I can struggle with on occasion because I’ve used brain power to think of things that aren’t important or take less work. Thinking hard is sometimes simply taking an extra second to think about what was asked of you. Which doesn’t seem hard. But when we get to a point of fatigue, thinking hard can become such a chore. If we #thinkhard at the most optimal time it can make life and work much easier. When we are in a place of capacity to think critically and come up with solutions, it’s so important to take that time to do it! Thinking hard in the cafe looks like anticipating hardships before they begin. If there’s a coffee box order we know, how do we anticipate that so it’s not throwing us off when it comes. Putting the extra time in at the top of the shift to think and plan what needs to be done so your best brain capacity is all in. Then as the day goes on, you can carry on with your work so you don’t get to a point of depletion because you know you’ve already done the hard thinking!
- Keep Your Commitments: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Bakery Team – Izzie! Izzie is an outstanding commitment keeping hero! Because of their ability to crush commitment keeping, they have been able to take on a new responsibility as a Bakery FIFO/organization and inventory specialist. We have so many freezers, coolers, and dry ingredient storage spaces in the bakery and Izzie’s ability to stay organized and keep up with ingredient rotation has made this a very logical fit for them. Thank you IZZIE!
- Think Hard: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Production Team – Jes Rutherford! Not only does she have to find ways to make our coffee fresh and delicious, but she also has to work with the constraints of the shippers, our planning, our customer needs, and our employee needs! From the production team to the barista, to the end customer, there is a chance that the coffee could taste different than the way Jes intended it. She thinks through all of these steps to make things easy and efficient for all the teams, while making the coffee taste amazing, just as she intended. Thanks Jes!
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Wins & Shout-outs:
- 1/1 – Raeven Eddy
- 1/1 – Sarah McGoveran
- 1/4 – Alison Nofrey
- 1/8 – Mercy Garsombke
- 1/9 – Dylan Christensen
- 1/12 – Andy Hobgood
- 1/16 – Hannah Galloway
- 1/16 – Brian Koznarek
- 1/21 – Izzie Kamil
- 1/26 – Mitch Stewart
- 1/27 – Violet Locallo
- 1/28 – Maddy Meyer
- Austin Grandlich – 1 year!
- Noel Johnson – 1 year!
- Jocelyn Marin – 2 years!
- Andrew O’Neill – 1 year!
- Hope Riesterer – 1 year!
Employee Discount Codes:
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- 20% Employee-Only Website Coupon Code
- January: SCCEMPJAN24
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