Monday, May 9, 2011
Screw the Benefits
Lately I haven't been posting as often just due to the fact I was waiting to see what would happen with the restaurant rotation coming up.
Just to update everyone when I was hired at the airport to work I was not made aware that the company that ran all the restaurants and who hired me made all the service staff rotate restaurants every 6 months.
So when I started it was made clear to me by others that I wouldn't be in the restaurant I was hired to work in very long because I was on the bottom of the list and I would get bumped.
After only two months making reasonably good money , last Saturday I started in a new restaurant in a different terminal.
My shift is from 2:30 to 11:00 with Mondays off for teaching and Wednesday.
If the first two nights at the new place is any indication I will be heading back in the summer to where I used to work for sure.
Apart from the fact my travel time is 45 minutes to work and another 10 minutes by the train link to get from the parking to Terminal 1 I am not usually home till after midnight. Not late by waiting standards but if you have to leave the house by 1:15 that is eleven hours. With little or no break to eat in between.
Before at the first restaurant I was mainly working breakfast and lunch till 2PM but 80% of the time I would walk out of there with more than $150.
At this new one that has smaller sections , slower kitchen , and slower turnover I am making less than that.
Last night after eight hours and tipping out I walked with $138 and was exhausted. It was the eighth day in a row and with teaching tonight and one day back tomorrow it will be 10 in a row.
Here is my choice. I miss my kids every weekend , and spend over $400 a month in gas to go to work where I am making less than where I was previously in a shorter time.
Or just when the place where I use to work reopens after renovation in July go back there.
My wife can pick a part time job up and make up the small difference and we can have a good summer.
I think I could have stuck it out in the first restaurant as the people were better there. That makes a huge difference too.
Summing up working 40 hours a week at this job is costing me a lot more than it would working at the other for 25 hours.
Some people have told me that if I wait 2-3 years my seniority will mean something and I can have my pick.
Brother I am not 25 years old anymore. Fifty-five is 3 years away. Life becomes more valuable as you get older. I want to enjoy it now not labour through it cause you never know what lies ahead. When you get older you think like that. If I was single sure who cares but with my kids I like to see them once in a while. That will and always be my priority.
Basically I can hardly wait to leave......Or I will need the benefit package to keep me there.
Radio talk show host of "The Hospitality Industry News Network" and author of "You Only Live Once" about his early years traveling around and working on ships and foreign countries Steven blogs about his thoughts on the restaurant industry as he sees it today.
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