As part of my job, I have to do some waitressing for the hotel that I work for. Sure, this has its ups and downs but overall it’s not that bad. I actually kind of really enjoy it. I’ve met some really amazing and inspiring people through my job.
1. Smiling is amazing at lifting your mood.
It’s not always that easy to smile while waitressing while you have orders being screamed at you and 5 plates in your hands but thanks to not actually wanting to lose my job, smiling in compulsory. Smile to the customers. Smile to the chefs. Smile like you’re having the best damn day of your life. As I was told a few days ago, “No smile, no tips”. Thanks to being made to smile, I actually feel a lot happier while I am working. I remember once I read somewhere that smiling increases your mood and it really does!
It is the most annoying this ever when you tell someone something and they do the complete opposite. The other day I went into the kitchen to order a full English with no eggs. Want to know that the chef did?.. He added two eggs. Seriously, do you just enjoy making my job harder?
3. Communicate clearly.
You don’t want gravy? Then tell me. Don’t wait until I bring you the food and then shout at me because it has gravy on it. Dammit people, I’m a waitress not a mind reader.
4. Clean up your own mess.
I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve ended up sticking my hands in spilt food or almost slipped on spilt water. Seriously, it’s not that hard! You spill water on the floor, mop it up.
6. Treat your co-workers with respect.
If you help them, they will help you back. It’s as simple as that.
7. If you’re going to kill someone, do it with kindness.
I’ve had customer screaming, shouting and swearing at me before. I understand how hard it is to not scream right back, believe me. Yet, what I have learnt is just smile at them and try to help them all you can. It will just be so much easier in the end.
8. Comfy shoes are important in life.
Standing on your feet for 6 hours hurts. Running up and down stairs and from the kitchen to the restaurant hurts even more. You suddenly start appreciating the little things in life such as a comfy pair of shoes. You know those ‘old people’ shops that sell ‘old people’ shoes? Go in one, try on the shoes, buy the shoes and wear them constantly. Forget fashion, those shoes are the best!
9. Some people will think they are more important than you. They’re not.
For some reason, some people think that because I have to clean up after them, they are more important than me. I’m still a human. I am not your servant, treat me with some respect.
10. Working hard is worth it.
You know that one day of the month (or in my case, that one day of the week) where you look at your bank account and see all that hard earned money. Yeah, that’s a good moment.