Finding the right people

Rama is coming tomorrow and I have to tell her not to come back. She was recommended by a friend. She came to meet me with her husband and he did most of the talking, which is not at all unusual in this part of the world. Once I had to interview a potential salesgirl and she brought her friend along! Anyway, I laid out the terms of the agreement  for Rama and she said she would give it a try. Her job was to help me in the kitchen making muffins, packaging and labeling them. The first day, she showed her packaging skills. They were sloppy and no attention to detail. Jaina, my housekeeper had to do them over and throw out the packaging. The second day she packaged the lime muffins and labeled them chocolate. On day three, I asked her to weigh the ingredients for a batch of carrot muffins. Well I checked the weight and she did not zero the scale before weighing. Another thing that bugged me is her general laissez- faire attitude. She spilled sugar and flour and did not even bother to clean up. In two minutes, I had ants coming out of nowhere to clean up! One day I saw her drink out of  a cup and put it back in the cupboard without washing it. Thank goodness I saw her in time. Old habits die hard, I guess. 🙂

Now I have asked her to come in the morning and I am going to have to explain why we will no longer be working together  in the nicest possible French. Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “Finding the right people

  1. Hi there,

    Welcome to the scary world of hiring in Senegal!

    I am Spanish and have a reference of someone looking for work that could interest you, by a fellow Spaniard entrepreneur who’s been in the country some 25 years. He works with trustworthy people. If you want to contact him shoot me an email.

    Please do so as well if you want to sell online in or out of Senegal. Check http://www.flocash.com, we are setting up shop here.

    Best regards!

    • Hi Javi,
      Thanks for your email.
      I will definitely keep this in mind for my next hire. Good to know that I will have a source of trustworthy people.
      All the best,
      DBQ

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