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EthnographyEssay of Elena at Linda’s Cafe
Miss Elena, reported that become my boss had been a captivating jobsince he was a child. I matured up in a rural metropolis whereeveryone seemed to know each other. In my world, it was totallynormal to mention to neighbors as members of my family. I was raisedto value hard work, kindness, and family. Over the years, thesemakings have sustained to be the overriding part of my life and aidedto lay the underpinning for my contribution in community development.
For this ethnography, Miss Elena wanted to observe a group that Ifelt contented with and established some of the makings Iappreciated. My grandparents had presented me to Linda’s café afew years ago. The small town feel and great client relationshiprecognized within the café interested to me, and I understood it waseasy to take the cooperation among the staff, and the servicesdelivered by the café, for granted.
For me to capture the real character of the group, I was hopeful toblend in so well that the staff disregards me. This shouldn’t be aproblematic during busy times, but I am antedating higher levels ofcommunication as the business day comes to an end.
Linda’s café is located in the small town in Rogers. Conferring tothe restaurant staff. Their chief mission is to deliver good food andfacilities to keep their loyal, and even customers are coming back(Elena). The restaurant was started by Linda Gorge and Linda Brady,who have been associates since they finish their concluding grade.George was observing for a business and asked Brady for help.Together, they begun the process of inaugural up a restaurant (Elena,Brady).
The café has been domestic owned and functioned since the day it washurled. It was a small business with few staff working at a time. Andlooking back, the café is pleased with their choice of location.
I woke early on the days of my observation to make sure that I wouldarrive on time. Upon my entrance at the restaurant, Mariah, a mom andwaitperson in her mid-twenties with medium-length tinted, draw nearme and asked me? I tried to elucidate that I had talked to Daisy aweek earlier doing a surveillance of the paper. Separately, afterswapping a little bit with Mariah, the staff comfortable and carriedon. Their initial worries from my attendance were a sign that theyvalued their customer’s and prided themselves on their service.
Mariah was a courageous and straight-forward attendant. She took herjob extremely serving her clients was her mission, and she did notseem to have time for whatever else. Within the restaurant, customerswere the priority. Each one was seen as a unique individual and waswelcomed into Linda’s Café family with open arms.
Besides, before the staff was able to attach with customers, they hadto learn to interconnect and attach with each other to be a positiveteam. The family was well organized when they first opened Linda’s,but with a higher counter, beverage station nine tables, and onlyroom café and all these obligatory strong communication skills. Theystaff use both body and verbal linguistic to avoid crashes. The staffboldness also extended outside the restaurant and out of thecommunity. The entrance displayed small handmade items like soap,candles, and birdhouses for sale.
Walking onto my surveillance, it is quite clear that I was anxiousand cautious. However, I learned that when meeting with individualsfor the first time, I have to take the chief method to introducingmyself. I am easily pounced up into the short-lived and lose emphasison what is paramount. On the other hand, most of my expectations ofthe grouped permitted to be precise. Their jobs are much moremultifaceted that what they appeared to be on the surface. For thissmall town café, it is about providing excellent service andcreating strong bonds with customers.
Brady,Linda. Personal Interview. 30th Oct. 2015.
George,Linda. Personal Interview 30th Oct. 2015.
MissElena. Personal Interview. 30th Oct. 2015