(One of the posts I wrote on my Swell 24.7 blog in my previous life as a gift store owner in the busy tourist town of Provincetown on Cape Cod; posts that are grouped here under the category What Else Is Swell?, and are generally about life in Provincetown, life as a retailer, our fabulous dog Jack who sat outside the store for well over a decade, and other random things that grabbed me at the time.)
I recently wrote about one of my favorite parts of the job, the buying. Well, probably my least favorite is the whole hiring and firing and employment thing. You never really know what you are going to get when you hire someone and in a seasonal location like Provincetown, where an employee will only be working for you for a few months, you have very little time to get people up to speed.
Well, yesterday I had to let a really nice woman go because she wasn't right for the job. I think she felt the same way because she didn't seem surprised and she was very gracious about it. I know it was the right thing to do for my business but I still felt really crappy doing it.
And then I had ten minutes to kill before going to a friend's house for dinner so I popped to the beach with Jack and this is what we saw.
And I felt better.
Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference.
I hope my no longer employee saw it too.