Pretty good article about working in the restaurant business.........
- jrvedivici Aug 8, 2013 07:08 AM
I can 100% agree with the items on this list, any other "industry" peeps want to add anything to it? Let's see what else we can come up with.
I'll add this one;
Being a waiter taught me more about mental organization then any other profession or life experience.
so true- especially being able to pick out people who have never worked in restaurants. I love reading restaurant complaints from people who have clearly never worked in the industry...
I used to do hiring at an old job, which was not restaurant related whatsoever, but was a very fast paced office... coming up with solutions on the fly and tons of multi-tasking was a regular part of business. And, thick skin was definitely required because my boss was a total asshole. A co-worker/friend of mine always encouraged me to hire folks who used to work in restaurants (as she did), and she was never wrong, the ones we hired that had restaurant experience excelled in the job.
" A co-worker/friend of mine always encouraged me to hire folks who used to work in restaurants (as she did), and she was never wrong, the ones we hired that had restaurant experience excelled in the job."
Were those white collar jobs you were hiring for? I worked my way through both college and grad school working in restaurants and I would be very reluctant to hire any of my former restaurant colleagues for white collar positions. Actually, I would be reluctant to hire them for anything that required significant responsibility.
While I agree with #3 - taking a disagreement about service in a snarky/petty note on a bill is not good, #2 is pretty.....industry oriented. I would say that many of us have jobs where we have adversarial relationships with certain kinds of people. In my specific case, it's a certain government agency. Professionally all the people who work there are awful people with no redeeming qualities. And even as I write, that I know the truth is that 99% of the people who work there are awful.
But who they are are people in many other aspects of their lives - who knows. Maybe I'm mostly right, and in the rest of their lives they're awful parents, mean to animals, and berate strangers on the street. But I'm more inclined to believe things are a bit more complicated.
As an industry related column, fair enough. But as a non-industry person, #2 is a really really lazy generalization. Which makes #10 already seem invalid.....