Ok y’all. It’s time. In case I never mentioned… it’s me, Christy, writing here. In case you haven’t heard, I’m leaving the salon.
I’ll still contribute here, so you’ll still hear from me. But seeing as next week is going to be my last in the salon I wanted to write a sad sappy post. To those I’m leaving.. specifically the E1’s, who are at the beginning of their careers from me, looking back..
I had no idea what I was getting into when I walked through the doors of the old salon building all those years ago with my resume. I thought I was applying for a job. You don’t get a job at AVBS. You get a family.
From my perspective, it happens about the time an upper element starts asking your opinion on toners. That’s when you’re in. That’s when we trust you. You’re not a baby anymore. You’re one of us. So buckle up, Butter Cup. It’s hard to be part of a big family. It’s kind of like suddenly having too many big sisters. They have opinions on everything. Who you’re dating, what you’re wearing, how you’re spending your time, your paycheck and (For. The. Love.) how we fold the towels. It’s tough to find where you fit in and to know what role you’re going to play. Let me offer you some insight about your employers because I have been observing them for nearly a decade.
What do you need to know about Valeria?
I think VB was born with an extra gene for patience. I have seen her move with grace through situations that would have me shower crying in a fetal position with ease and a smile. -I’m not talking stressful day at work (although she definitely does that) I mean the real stuff of life that pulls at the corners where your faith is grounded. People don’t suspect it because she’s smiley and cheerful, but she has a deep well of inner strength. Girlfriend can handle herself. She has levels of grit most of us will never have to draw on.
-So watch her. Learn from her. Even in the break room. Hear me when I say this -She is teaching YOU. She’s chosen THOSE words on purpose. There is a reason. Look at her when she’s talking to you. Don’t dismiss her. Learn from her. Rarely in life are you going to meet someone with so much natural talent, who wants to give it all away to make you better.
That being said, help her out, remind her of things, she’s juggling a lot. She’ll appreciate it. Know her schedule. PUT THINGS AWAY (For the love of God. Put things away! -When you see what needs to be done, do it. Don’t make her ask) Speak with a smile. Return her kindness to others. She appreciate your hustle, but she will respect you based on how you treat other people. Pay attention.
Then there is Michael. What tips can I give you? Don’t force it with MB. Don’t be fake with him. He is as authentic as they come, so if you’re being fake, it’ll feel off to him. Just get to know him. It’s worth it. He’s original, and unlike anyone you’ve ever met. Don’t try to put him in a category. He won’t fit in one.
Don’t forget he’s worked behind the chair, and he wasn’t a natural. That means everything about yourself and this skill that you are questioning, he’s also questioned. That’s an asset to you. He’s studied every part of this business with a microscope. Imagine what having access to that knowledge could do for your business, USE IT. But when you ask him a question, make sure you want the real answer, because he’s going to be honest.
His to do list is longer then you know, and YOU (yes you) are important to him. So if you bring him a problem (no matter how small) I promise it will consume him until is solved. Think of how powerful that is, -and don’t abuse it. We as a staff, are A LOT. Realize he’s doing this for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e and you are not the only one with needs. You, ARE important, and so is everyone else.
E1’s.. I wish somebody told me this in the beginning. I wish somebody explained it all. Told me to be eager, to be early, and be kind. Absorb everything because it’s valuable. But if you’re here, you have some idea. I’m sorry I’m leaving before I get to know you better. Enjoy the ride.
-oh, and one last thing.. PLEASE be nice to the reservationists.