Server Speak: Pros and Cons of Holiday Shifts

Dionte Brown Crew Member Years in the industry: 2  Nelson’s Deli St. Paul The cons are people expect so much high service and for us to be in a perfect mood all the time. Since our restaurant isn’t a sit-down place, there isn’t a whole lot of time for socializing. You have to compact all your human compassion into a couple brief moments. The pro is that the overall environment and working together has a lot of enthusiasm and optimism.

Server Speak: Pros and Cons of Holiday Shifts

Garrett Ottney Bartender Years in the industry: 7  Blue Door Pub (Como Location) Minneapolis The volume of people coming in really increases and they are ready to spend money. A con would probably be the later part of the holidays when people tend to stay in, save money, and eat their leftovers.

Server Speak: Pros and Cons of Holiday Shifts

Denise Valdez Cashier Years in the industry: 4  Finnish Bistro  Minneapolis A pro/con is it’s difficult to tell how busy we’re going to be! I imagine we do stay pretty busy.

Server Speak: Pros and Cons of Holiday Shifts

Laura Prust Barista Years in the industry: 4  So Good So You, Minneapolis When I worked at a coffee shop that was open during the holidays, customer appreciation for being open was really great. It’s a good reminder to get that face-to-face interaction with people and to remember that there are good people in the world who are very grateful for what they have. 

Server Speak: Pros and Cons of Holiday Shifts

Emily Hagen Crew Member Years in the industry: 15  Just/Us St. Paul I haven’t worked a holiday here, but at one location I worked at, Black Friday totally destroyed my Thanksgiving experience. It can be fun to have people in the holiday spirit, (and) at one place I worked someone would make cookies that I could bring home. Holiday parties are fun, too. If you work at the right place, they will take care of you. 

 

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