Yesterday was the last shift for one of our longest tenured employees. Well, at the time of writing this she doesn’t know that but…… See the thing is, Kassia Skolsky is so loved by her friends and co workers that they set up a fake shift for her this evening. She’ll come into Sauce thinking she’s working for the night, but in reality, her friends will be here to surprise her and take her out for the night. I can’t wait to watch it all transpire.
Kassia’s leaving us to go travel the world for the better part of a year so she was hoping to have her last shift be this past weekend to allow her time to tie up any lo0se ends before leaving. Fake shifts are so fun to watch in these situations because the employee is generally quite bothered by the fact that we’ve asked them to work when they’re already in holiday mode………….. Not Kass. “Sure! That’s no problem at all,” she says with her beaming grin. Arrrgh, she’s not even upset!!!
Anyway, it’s still going to be a blast to watch the surprise on her face. You see, Kass is as honest and genuine a person as you’ll ever meet. She wears her heart on her sleeve and has considerable difficulty masking how she feels. I can nearly guarantee tears this evening.
Why write a post about Kass when she’s simply going on holidays? In the words of my Operations Manager, Trevor last night, “Wow, we’re really going to miss her.” That’s the understatement of the year. Not only is Kassia my only employee capable of performing every single front of house position, she’s quite possibly the best or close to the best at every single one.
Kass started as busser / hostess many years ago here at Sauce. She busted her butt so hard, and worked so intelligently that she literally redefined the position. Until her, we were unaware that one person could accomplish so much. What’s even more important, is that she did every second of it with a smile on her face, often bopping her head to the music or high fiving a co-worker. Kass went from busser to barback, another position she completely redefined. While we had a fully staffed team of bartenders and certainly didn’t need anymore, Kass, through a sheer willingness to learn and take on new responsibilities, basically gave us no choice but to make her a bartender. Since that day she has been one of the best we’ve ever had.
Whether serving or bartending, Kassia is the employee I never have to worry about. Not only will she take care of her own duties, but she’ll ensure everything else is running smoothly as well. I literally had the general manager of another restaurant tell me, “Could you ask Kassia to stop being so awesome so her customers whom I golf with will talk about something other than her on the links?” That’s about as great a sentence I could ever hope to hear.
Well Kass, here goes nothing: It goes without saying that, not only will the restaurant miss you as an employee, but that I will miss you as a friend. Your smile and energy, more than anyone else, can flip my mood on the toughest of nights. From the head shaking smiles shared during moments of pure chaos, to the night closing duets I’ll cherish my whole life, this difficult goodbye serves only to prove how much you’ve meant to us. Will Sauce be okay without you? Of course we will, we’ll be better than okay because you’ve shown us what’s possible. Could I ever find anyone to replace you? Hell NO…………. It’s impossible; you’re one in a million. On your night out this evening I have but one wish for you: I hope you get the chance to hear even a few of the wonderful things we’ve all been saying about you behind your back for the past two weeks. In sixteen years there’s not one single person I’m more proud to say I’ve trained than you Ms. Skolsky.
Peace out $K-unit$
“With these HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDS! With these HAAAAAAANDS!”