As the season wound down here, we had a few kids still working some hours, while holding down another job and attending school at the same time after working the entire summer.
You’ve got young people who are real workers trying to make as much money as they can with bills to pay, cell phones and school. A lot of them don’t even take a break and sometimes, you need to be a bit of a parent to slow them down a bit.
A lot of them are driven for the money, but sometimes, they just love doing what they’re doing and that’s a good thing for us to have a core group of people who enjoy working with each other and being a part of something.
As a boss, you’ve got to be conscious about making sure that they’re not overdoing it because then, they’re no good to anybody.
Usually at this time of year, everybody is tired. The hours of operation are shorter than in the summer, but they’re still 12-hour days.
You have to appreciate the kids who work hard. In our positions, we’re in it for a career, but for the young people, this is a job. You hope that some of them eventually take it on as a career, but you have to respect that they have another life outside of work and they need to spend time with family and friends.
There is some parenting to it. You try to get to know them the best you can and what their aspirations are. You obviously try to encourage them along the way, but you do have to watch out for burnout.
What happens is that they’ll go back to school and they’re a wreck because they’ve been burning the candle at both ends all summer. If they’re burned out, that’s also when things don’t get done right around the golf operation, as well.
Our office manager charts all of their hours, so we know who’s doing too much and who’s not doing enough and tries to schedule accordingly.
Just because they’re 20 or 21 years old doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. We should make it a priority to find out what other pressures they have outside of work.