At the ranch, managers served a critical purpose as our rules-clarifiers, keeping the business end of things running smoothly, happily being thrown under the bus when we needed to get a client off our back about something ("I'm sorry sweetie, I'd love to keep talking and being molested by you for free, but management will get upset with me if I sit here for too long with you GOTTA GO BYE!"), and as emotional supports when things got stressful. I will attempt to list out all the various tasks they preformed beyond classic people management: Keeping The Girls Safe - in the parlor
- Staff had a constant watch on the hallways our rooms were in. If a client tried to go down one, the bartender or management on staff would stop them.
- The front gate has a buzz-in access. Staff and Management oversaw operation of this gate, controlling who came and went from the house.
- Management also was in constant contact with managers at other houses in the cul-de-sac. If someone was kicked out of one for unruly behavior, the phone tree would immediately activate to keep that person out of our house.
- Bartenders kept an eye on our drinks and our behavior to ensure we were not roofied under their watch, which for the most part was effective to my understanding.
Keeping The Girls Safe - in our rooms
- Management would also a constant eye on where people went with clients, and listen in during client negotiations to make sure individuals weren't being pushy or trying to restrain us in any way.
- The one time a pimp actively was trying to recruit me into sex trafficking, the manager listening in popped in over my intercom and said she was going to be there in just a moment, then got him off the premises.
- When our time is up with a party, management calls, "time to reparty." If we don't answer in some way, they will physically come to our rooms.
Keeping Things Harmonious
- Management kept an eye on relationships between the girls. While this seemed slightly invasive to me at first, BOY was I glad for it when they helped disentangle me from a rebound relationship with someone who has a history of ending up in toxic dynamics. I realized quickly with the diverse personalities in the house and the unusual ways competition can manifest, their quiet monitoring of interpersonal dynamics was critical to keeping things harmonious.
- Management would also do their best to understand interpersonal drama and help the girls come to a peaceful resolution- either by actively facilitating a conversation between them, or by encouraging them both to avoid talking until whatever was wrong blew over.
Other Unglamorous Tasks
- Lost condom? Can't find it yourself? Guess who gets to go digging!
- Lost sponge? Same deal.
- Snot bubble gurgly level crying spell with no friends to hold you? HELLO MANAGER. I saw this happen a few times, I generally like to cry over nachos so my few crying spells happened back in the kitchen.
- If clients would not ease up on trying to extremely lowball me in negotiations, I'd use management to keep our dynamic positive: "I'd love to party with you for that amount but I really can't without getting in trouble with my manager." We were encouraged to do that as needed.
Managers and staff were allies so long as they stayed out of the interpersonal drama lots of people in one place for extended hours can produce, that is a natural part of every workplace. Fraternization rules were helpful in keeping the boundaries of the relationships clear, but sometimes felt slightly extreme as we were not allowed to be friends even in our off time- a rule that is clearly stated in their employee manuals- even if we weren't actively working (i.e. didn't have a room at the ranch, weren't cleared by the doctor, and weren't seeing clients). That included digital communication.