I am now in my 15th year in the food service industry. That is half my lifetime and all of my working career. I have worked in pretty much every position available. From Dishwasher to General Manager. I have also work in customer service and sales… Horrible fields. At the beginning of the year I found myself well…Not as happy as I should be. Life in restaurants can wear your down it you let it. So I set out to find ways to boost my Happiness.
Whether you’re a restaurant lifer like me, working your way through college, or just laying low while you look for a “real job” (huge insult to career people). There is no reason why the restaurant grind has to be a miserable one.
Physically show up. On time. Get your self and your station ready to go. Don’t show up 5-10 minutes late. You will find yourself behind and stressed out, not just you… Your team as well.
Mentally show up as well. As hard as it can be check your personal dilemmas at the door you must find a way. You will be a liability to yourself and your team.
And maybe you should think about putting off the indulging of certain substances until after work. Just saying…I don’t know many circumstances where they led to improved work performance.
2. Lighten up
Take the job seriously…But don’t take yourself too seriously. Get to know your teammates and be amused by them. Have fun while getting the job done.
3. Prepare yourself for the worst
Saying that the restaurant is unpredictable is an understatement. As bad as things get…And they will get bad, the shift is going to end, the doors will lock, the tickets will stop coming.
Stay calm. Stay positive. This will pass
4. Accept that life is not fair
“Be prepared to witness every variety of human folly and injustice.” Bourdain
5. Take Time Off
I know it’s very difficult to get time off in the industry, regardless of your title. Work with your boss to find the appropriate times so you can better your work life balance while being fair to your team
At the very least…Take one day off a week and two weeks off a year. Cover for your teammates…They will (should) do it for you.