An open letter to my colleagues: kitchen duty & the dishwasher – you can do it, I know you can

Maybe you’ve experienced this. You’re on kitchen duty. You find that people kind of leave unnecessary messes behind that you think they really should have cleaned up. One of those is cups/plates in the sink. The sink, which is about 2 feet away from the dishwasher.

I’m on kitchen duty this week.

I sent this email to my colleagues…

Hi,

How are you? I hope you’re having a lovely day. The sun is kind of trying to shine through the clouds, it’s great, right?

So, I just wanted to chat with you for a moment. Hi. Don’t worry, nothing’s really wrong. We’re good, right? I just thought this morning that there was teachable moment I could bring to us all today.

It’s great.

I think you’ll love it.

But, first, a quick check in.

I’ve been on kitchen duty this week. Is the kitchen in good shape? Clean enough for you? I hope so. I hope I’ve met your expectations.

Oh, hey, speaking of expectations, I’ve noticed something. It’s not a big thing, but it’s a thing. Sometimes, I come into the kitchen and the dishwasher is kind of empty, but there are dishes on the counter and the sink. Like, this morning, for example.

Hey, you’re probably just away for a second and will be right back to clean up after yourself, right?

I leave. I come back.

Huh, that’s odd, they’re still there.

OK, I guess I can wash or put them in the dishwasher. I mean, I am on kitchen duty, after all. But, really? Should I need to?

Oh, wait!

Maybe you don’t have a dishwasher at home. Silly me, I shouldn’t make assumptions. Maybe you’re not sure how to do it! I’m sorry. But, don’t worry. I made this handy little how-to video for you.

I hope you find it useful.

Have a great day!

Marco

 

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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