(This is the 11th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)
Every new opening comes with its own set of obstacles and challenges. This opening threw a wrench in our entire training schedule. However, we have been able to put our collective minds together to optimize the time we have.
First obstacle: gas. Apparently the UAE is delaying the access to gas for our restaurant. And anyone who has worked or currently works in the restaurant business knows that you need gas to cook. The restaurant here in Dubai is supposed to open tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 26, but that obviously isn’t going to happen.
Word being passed around our training team is that we would be lucky if we even have gas by the time we leave. Yes, you heard that right, the restaurant may not open by the time the trainers leave. It is quite unfortunate, but that’s the way the over meant works over here.
In the absence of gas and in place of our normal training schedule, we’ve had to improvise our training with extra “classrooms” and games. It has even gotten to the point where we had to draw every item on the menu on notecards so the employees can use those to work on their plate presentations. It’s very rudimentary, but it seems to be working.
On another note, Heather had to leave us today and go back to the States. She is studying criminal justice in Wisconsin, and you am only miss so many days in that program so she had to go home early. Sad to see her go, but I’m confident she and I will see each other again.
Until next time …