It’s that time again. When hunger strikes, what do you do? You drive to Chick-fil-A because it’s close to Johnson, only to find out that it is Sunday! Where else should one go other than Chick-fil-A itself to find out the underlying motivations involving the closing of this fast food business every Sunday?
Ty Asbury, a manager for the Chick-fil-A located on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville, graduated from Johnson in 2016. He gave the story behind this hunger panging decision to close Chick-fil-A on Sundays.
Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A incorporation, created a unique restaurant atmosphere that would soon set a higher standard of fast food service in America.
“In 1946 it was Truett’s first restaurant that first opened,” Asbury said. “He had experience with other restaurants that were open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.”
“He believed that it was important to set aside a day for his employees. If they so choose to go have a place for worship, they could get some rest.”
With a Christian background, Truett makes sure to keep a mindset of putting others first rather than the financial benefits of staying open an extra day.
Ty explained what these financial benefits actually included. “It almost doesn’t make sense how Chick-fil-A is so profitable missing a whole day, but again, as a company, they are so keen to take care of us as employees because we turn around and do the same thing to our guests.” He goes on to say that “You do things that are deeper than just the business aspect.”
Taking a day off each week seems like a smart way to keep productivity up. Once you give employees a chance to spend time with family and simply rest, they are able to spend the rest of the week happily catering to the customers on a higher level.
Rest has the ability to help employees put more energy into what they do and make the atmosphere positive place customers want to be a part of as they eat their food.
Rest also helps workers have a positive attitude, allowing them to feel motivated to serve customers with a smile.
Having a day off once a week for honoring the Sabbath might have a bigger impact than what you think. Ty discussed his thoughts on what makes taking Sunday off so effectively.
“The first thing that comes to mind is definitely rest…always having that guaranteed day where you can just turn inward and focus on yourself a bit and recharge those batteries because we are pouring out on people for 6 other days a week. Not everybody works six straight days, but it can take its toll,” Asbury said.
If the workers have that day off to recharge and have that opportunity to spend time at a place of worship with others, they will have more energy in helping the customer the best way possible to a point where it is truly their pleasure to serve the customer.
“We are here to serve others, we are here to glorify God through the little things,” Asbury said.