From the outside it might look as if a team hold collective responsibility for their success, but on the inside, we alone shoulder the stress around our workload. You can compare it to feeling alone in a crowd, although the reality is that everyone is going through something similar.

When we work so closely together as chefs, we can take advantage of the camaraderie that bonds us together. We can make space to acknowledge what’s causing all the stress, so no one is forced to deal with it in their life outside the kitchen. As the old adage says, “a burden shared is a burden divided.”

All that’s required is a team culture that allows everyone to show up as they are: to simply be human.

On our shoulders

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