The Job Cycle

There are several phases that people go through when they start a new job. I’ll talk about the first one in this post.

Phase 1: New Job!

The professional honeymoon phase is the easiest for the new employee. The managers don’t expect anything special from their new hires. They have had many failures in the past and all they want is for the new guys to not fuck anything up too badly. One or two minor mistakes a day is easily forgivable. In the restaurant industry, a new employee can end up costing a great deal of money. A new hire who can limit their comps is already getting on managements good side. On account of the lack of trust, the noob gets baby sections with small tables. They’ll be the first ones to go home and will make the least amount of money.

The new employee during this period should be a door mat. Just do whatever anyone asks you to. The more talk about you being helpful floating throughout the restaurant will help you move up the ladder faster. What you’re trying to do during this phase is prove that you’re not a run of the mill employee. You can handle more than the other noobs that are still ringing orders in wrong day in and day out. Help out as much as you can, and offer your help as much as you can. One easy way to appear helpful is to ask often what the closers need. The closers have a lot of influence with the managers. The best part of offering them help is, they won’t need it. They’re the studs who never get in the weeds. You get all the benefit of appearing helpful, without actually doing anything.

This phase can end quickly, if done right. They go from not expecting anything from you, to trusting you with better sections and the money can start rolling in.

What are some things that help you on your first days on the job?



Music Ain’t My Thing

Today I got the opportunity to do some work as a roadie. It was pretty cool to see how a band’s equipment gets set up. The dude in charge of the whole thing, who loved to call me Craig despite his insistence on getting everyone else’s name right, was so meticulous about how the cords were put out. That made taking everything apart that much easier. I love to see people do a little work in the beginning to save them from a disaster at the end.

As far as the musical performance went, it was alright. The 200 plus old people in attendance really seemed to dig it. I never have been that much into music. I like some of this and some of that, but I never feel like I appreciate it the way it’s supposed to be appreciated. There is nothing in music more boring than a guitar solo. It’s like hockey. They’re out there, doing something that’s really difficult, and I couldn’t give less of a shit. But to each his own I guess.

I think I roadie again tomorrow. Thanks for reading,




So this is it. My first blog. I hope you enjoy it. I know there isn’t much reason to read it. You don’t know me. Not yet anyway. I feel like we can make a strong connection through this outlet.

That was sarcasm. While I know that people can make connections through blogs, I doubt many people would want to make a connection with someone who only blogs about making connections. Or someone who uses the word blog too much.

Is this long enough? Too long?

I am currently a server. I taught for a year. I worked in restaurants all through college. My professional perspective is that of a server for the most part. Servers tend to have good stories that are totally relatable to everyone.

That’s more sarcasm. Boom. I’m on fire, man. Most server stories tend to bore the hell out of non-servers. I’ll try to keep them to a minimum, but no promises.

Really I can’t make any promises about anything. How long I’ll write, if it’s worth reading, what the topics are going to be, how consistent I’ll post. I’ll try it out and hope it works. I’ll probably have a few back logged, so I’ll be consistent for the beginning.

Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you come back,