Chris Keslar continues to learn the ropes working for Jeff Lewis.
I have to say it was a little weird finding out this week that everyone knew about the nanny cam being installed with the exception of Jenni, Chris, and I. I mean, even Ryan's Angels (who are as deliciously delightful as they seem) knew about it!
There is truth in Jeff's comment early in the episode that the atmosphere in his office, as compared to Ryan's, tends to be a little more tense. He goes on to say: "And then there's my family. At least, you know, we keep it real over here. We're screaming at each other, we're threatening each other, we're quitting, we're firing. It just seems to me like that's really the way a work environment should be." Huh? Really? Come again? Personally, I've never worked for anyone that believed something like that. It's still hard for me to wrap my head around the concept.
I still don't really get why the nanny cam had to be installed and why we couldn't have all just talked about Jeff's concerns that the work wasn't being completed to his liking. Together. As a team. It seemed like a really dramatic, circuitous way of getting to the core of the problem. At the time, I wasn't aware that things weren't getting done as Jeff wanted them to be done. Jeff would circle the items on the list he needed accomplished on that day and then Chris and I would divide them up (this was on the days when we worked together. We didn't always work together). I was still pretty new at that point and to my knowledge everything had been getting done because we hadn't been told otherwise.
The scene where Jeff has me list down everything I had done that day was excruciatingly awkward and you can see how uncomfortable I was with the questioning. It felt like I was being asked to throw Chris under the bus. I knew something was up from the tone of Jeff's voice and the way he was going about the questioning. But I didn't know what. I also felt bad because it really felt like Jenni was tres, tres uncomfortable, too. I just wish that Jeff had called Chris and I in together to address his concerns head-on. I like to think that we could have all talked about it and worked it out as a team -- without having to resort to the nanny cam.
At the end of the day, Jeff has his own particular way of doing things. It is his business and he has the right to run it the way he sees fit. He is uber-talented and crazy successful, so obviously he's found a way to make things work on his terms -- as unorthodox as those terms may seem to the outsider.
As an employee of Jeff's, you just have to decide for yourself if you can play by his rules -- if and when you figure out what they are! Strap on your thickest, rawhide skin honey -- 'cause you're going to need it to survive around these parts!
'Till next week!
Xoxo, Chris K.
P.S. How undeniably ADORABLE was the scene with Ryan and Chloe playing house? My favorite quote of the entire episode: "We should get some furniture in here. You should know by now, unfurnished houses don't sell!" Puh-riceless!