I was happy to share my thoughts on participating #creativesprint as a group for the ramen ninjas. Glad it got shared with others and hope it will prompt more teams to participate next time.
Restaurant work can be grueling but requires you to remain happy and hospitable with guests at all times. Being on VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) campus, a lot of my staff are students and young people. Bringing #CreativeSprint to work encouraged them to show off their talents, have conversations with each other and most of all, a little fun.
A lot of what we did was more silly than artistic, but we laughed a lot. It put everyone in a better mood. I believe that positivity translated to our service to guests and that's how I justified the time we spent.
Watching young people collaborate and listening to their conversations while they work was my favorite part. We spend a lot of time together, so those family dynamics played out and it was good to watch them build on their relationships.
The most challenging part of my job as a manager is people; I can control a lot of tangible elements of the business, but I cannot force people to like each other or work well together. Building a team is truly like building a family - it takes time and heart and it's not always easy when you work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment where everyone is on the go. #CreativeSprint provided an opportunity to take a break, consciously engage with people I work with and have fun together. And doing that actually made the rest of the job easier.
Co-owner, Shoryuken Ramen