Photo courtesy of Michelle Weber.
This post has been specifically written in response to DPchallenge: Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words
This is a conversation of two chefs: John and Peter in a picture that looks for a business opportunity.
John: Look, I have plans for starting my own restaurant.
Peter: There are so many restaurants in the market. You should have a brilliant concept!
John: Many people don’t visit restaurants for health reasons. I will make my restaurant different to invite the people for health reasons.
Peter: It looks to be different. But I still have doubts.
John: okie! Let me explain.
I will offer glass of water (not chilled) and a 5 minutes break before taking the order. This will help customer to order less items and eat optimal. I will mention this fact in my menu card.
(Obesity is global epidemic and customer often makes bigger order in the restaurants than required. Water serves as nutrition to body and reduces hunger temptations.)
My menu card will suggest hand wash with soap before food intake. I will make hand wash facility bigger. Further, I will hang a cartoon poster at the hand wash facility suggesting hand wash with soap a good habit.
(Most customers go for hand wash after the food in the restaurants but not before.)
I will offer no junk food. I will mention on the menu card that all fruit juice or shakes are made with real fruits.
(Fruit juice/shakes in most restaurants use syrups that are added with flavoring substances and chemicals as preservatives for making shakes/juices. By definition, syrup is a liquid made by cooking sugar with water and sometimes with fruit juice as well. So, this serves almost no nutrition.)
Peter: Wait Wait Wait! You have surprised me. I am very much convinced.
Peter: I read “health is wealth” and your business will make wealth from health. Let’s start the business.
John: (smiled) Thank you Peter…
Generally visiting any apartment or office, I used to wait for a while at the entrance. I have to authenticate my identity to the person called Security Guard. I am bit more observant of the Security Guard and that observations lead me to respect the security guard.
Every security guard has a very pleasing gestures and etiquettes. They welcome with a greeting, and ask in a very respectful manner. I don’t understand some of the visitors don’t listen to what security guard is asking. Few visitors believe it is time waste to answer his questions or wait for a while. I feel the job of security guard is bit difficult, struggling and go for long hour duty.
I don’t have to say but I see design of security guard room is more like a dog’s house. Most of the security guard rooms are very small sized with no comfort or mobility. Staying such place is far difficult for anyone. Many security guards don’t like staying in such place and place them outside the security guard room – staying under the tree makes it more sensible to them. I see few of the security guard room have air coolers so this may give happiness to them but very few have the water availability so the actual beneficiaries of cool air are very few. The security room designer should think of humanity first and not what is demanded by humans.
Few things in the security guard room may improve his life. I see they have phone instrument belonging to 20th century. Advanced phone with display and speaker facility/headphone should be provided making it easy for attending the numerous calls. Additionally, a security guard should have a mobile provided by the owner. Every page in the multiple registers needs lines drawing for different columns. Few carbon papers layering on multiple pages will reduce their effort. Analogously, I see their registers as tables in databases and them as Database Administrator. I took an observation in their registers and recommended a change to my office colleagues. I saw there is a space spared before the column heading on each page. So, I suggested my colleagues to spare first 5 rows in Excel and keep the column headings at the row 6. The spare first 5 rows were then used for banners or dashboards. This helped the business significantly.
Sometimes, I like to say thank you to them but it will be hard for me to explain the reasons but over the years, I have started respecting them.
Action: Respect the security guard in the same way he does. Be patient during security checks/procedures. Observe others behavior with security guard in your office and/or in apartment. Talk about it in your community. Share it on social networking sites. Like it only if you mean it. Feel free to add your observations in comments or anything that is called thought.