10 Things Missed from Working in Restaurants

Had made this list in 2013 on an old blog that I had and bringing it all together.

Looking at the list again, wouldn’t change a thing.

10. The cash. It was odd getting used to paychecks.

9. The flexible schedule. Needing a day off was fairly easy to get someone to cover the shift. Someone always needed cash, even though sometimes had to bribe people with extra cash just to get shift covered.

8. Using work as going to the gym. All the walking, period. A slow shift one could easily rack up 2 – 3 miles and more than 6 during a busy weekend shift. Upper body strength, the most popular dishes were on a big plate that was at least 1.5 lbs and all of the plates were ceramic on top of a large tray and those could easily get up to 25 or more pounds and it’s over and over again.

Being behind a computer causes that computer belly

7. Working was actually fun. Yes, the stress was there when it wasn’t expecting, but the challenge of the multitasking, keeping up to not “get in the weeds” was what made it fun. Getting to know people, when you get to see people on a weekly or monthly basis, and then you see them outside of the work environment and are able to talk, truly talk to them, it’s just different than any other.

6. Didn’t have to use the brain to figure things out. Not saying it doesn’t use brain power, but once you know the food and drink knowledge, learning to read body language and personalities everything becomes second nature. It’s even harder over the phone and you are trying to remedy the situation without other visuals.

5. Dynamics of the restaurant. Not saying that an office can’t be laid back, every office and workplace has a different atmosphere. But in general, the restaurant was a a fun place to be around. Joking around with the bar, tables and staff. It is generally different than anything else, but you can take that and do it over the phone and have the same outcome, having personality and calming a situation in your own way to where it solves the problem.

4. Hearing other people’s stories. In this type of environment you, hear it all. And with it you hear the lows, you are glad that you are not in that situation, and the highs where you want to be in that situation. But either way, you know that there is hope for either better yourself and not to get in a certain situation. I just like to hear people’s stories and live through theirs.

3. Socializing with your co-workers after work. It is just different than socializing outside of work than your co-workers in the office. The situation is itself is completely different in many degrees. if you have been in those shoes you understand. Simply, it’s a different beast.

2. Constant contact. For any person, the contact is key to our survival. we wouldn’t be able to live without social interaction.

1. The regulars. Any restaurant wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for there regulars, it drives the business, in a different way than other industries. No business would run without their regulars, whether big or small. At the foundation regulars continues a business’s growth.

For that reason, bless all you regulars in any business because if it wasn’t for your efforts, no business would succeed.

Again thank you!