thanks everyone. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere that is still efficient. The students I work with process life so much slower than we do. To move at a good pace with any kind of kaos in the process scrambles them to shutdown, mistakes, and injury. Good vibes and a steady pace, like the rabbit vs. the haire, leads to a good result. I try and train them to get into their own zone of zen and tune out the outside clutter. Most every entry level job I have been around are full of never ending drama,clutter, and kaos of the mind and spirit. This is ongoing in their personal lives and fueled in a kaotic workplace. Normal intelligence people, who own/manage also have this going on but are able to disconnect/overide it at the workplace due to their ability to think abstractly, but they often cannot contain stress of the job-money worries usually- and this creates kaos that spills down and it all ends up a mess.
My kids do not think abstractly and most entry level work people don't think abstractly very well and thus there is never ending problems with finding and keeping good workers. It never stops because the kaos in their employees lives is never contained in a little box that says "keep this at home". My students have no "box" that they can leave at home like we do. Thus the environment one creates for them is the reality they react to. They literally live in the moment and a calm/positive workplace allows them to be the ultimate Buddist. I learn a lot from them on this level.
Most entry level workers are of a bit higher intelligence than my students. They are able to create a "box" to leave the kaos at home but unfortunately their box has so many leaks in it that it rarely stays at home for long. Their low pay, impoverished lives, neglect, abuse, is an everyday thing for them and they can't tune it out like we can. It takes a calm leader to run a calm ship. Most food places I have worked in were of this model and ran smoothly or of the kaos model (the norm it seems) and I quit on day one. I worked at 2 small artisan bakeries (night shift) where I was the only employee. I baked, packaged, dishwashed, cleaned, and delivered the products at the end of my shift. I loved being the only employee. It was peaceful. I learned a lot in the calm model and magically somehow my students are able to join with me and I still feel the peace of the alone model. I never really found that in a workplace with normal intelligence people. I have always been facinated with how the human spirit operates and my bakery/pizzeria is a byproduct of this passion. Someday I would like to write a book about all this and the focus would be that we have an untapped national treasure in students like mine. It would take a bit of reteaching business owners as to how and work with these people but once they got with it they would have hard working dedicated employees for life and the greatest byproduct, their Zen that naturally occurs in this process, is the fuel that keeps it going. So there is no need to dump outside energy so to speak into the machine. It is self winding