A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to go to the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. I kept going back and forth on deciding if I should go because I was about to move into my new house, but I felt like it would be worth my while. I’ve been at the Grill for two years and a member for one. I do not have much experience with collectives outside of the Grill so this was a great chance to see what is going on in the world with other collectives and see how they run things.
I had an amazing time. I met so many nice people. It was great to be around so many people who understand the joys and struggles of working in a collective. At the Grill, it is easy to get caught up in your on and off shift work. Sometimes there isn’t much time left over to talk about being a collective and what that means to you and the business. But this weekend that’s all I had time for.
I attended a few workshops and it was very insightful learning how other collectives work and meeting the people from them. As interesting as the workshops were, the thing I enjoyed the most was meeting and chatting with another restaurant collective, Casa Nueva. I was able to ask questions from people in the same field as myself. I walked away from that meeting with an important word. That word is accountability. At times we at the grill, lack when it comes to accountability. I learned some great tools that could help build structure around our accountability.
I’m excited for the energy I received after going to the conference. Overall a wonderful and inspiring weekend!