Should you become a busboy?

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Busboy positions are perfect for people who love working in the fast-paced environment that restaurants offer but don't want to work in primarily guest-facing roles. 

As a busboy, you would provide support for the servers, tending to essential tasks that servers don't have time for, such as setting up and clearing off tables. As soon as servers finish up with a party, they have to move onto the next one to ensure that the newly seated guests don't have a long wait while busboys tidy up the old tables.

Make the best impression
Though servers are the primary point of contact for guests, you'll be speaking to them from time to time. They might ask for directions to the restroom or for another drink. Therefore, dressing the part is essential. There will definitely be dress codes that you have to adhere to, though they might not be as formal as the servers' uniforms. 

Because you'll be working the serving area often, it's essential to maintain your appearance. Taking the time to comb your hair, iron out your shirt or pants if need be and shine your shoes will pay off. If there are any stains on your clothing from handling foods, clean them off or change. Keeping an extra set of clothes in your bag or locker will ensure that you always look your best.

Stay safe
Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for accidents when you work as a busboy. Chances are, you'll have a bussing cart where you place all the dirty dishes, but there will also be times when you have to do some balancing acts with the dishes. If you're not absolutely certain that you can handle the weight and balance of a stack of breakable vessels, it's better to divide the load into two trips rather than risk safety for safety. 

You'll be running back and forth between the serving area and the kitchen all day long, so slip hazards will be a very real part of your new job. Protecting yourself from these dangers involves a few factors. The first is investing in slip-resistant shoes, which will help keep you safe. In addition, you should always be aware of your surroundings. There are many people who work and eat at a restaurant and you never know when someone will spill something. 

Cleaning up the spills as soon as possible takes precedence. Managers don't want to risk job-related injuries. Nonslip shoes will allow you to clean up the spill quickly and safely.

Help guests outside the restaurant
Busboys may be the primary resource for guest troubles outside of restaurant operations, such as a flat tire. Taking a cook or a server out of the venue will impact the restaurant's efficiency, so at times, your job may require you to go above and beyond, which leaves a lasting impression on guests. View these situations as your opportunity to shine and show off your guest services skills. 

Being a busboy requires physical strength, a watchful eye and a willingness to pitch in with any task at any time. You can bet that your efforts will be noticed and appreciated by co-workers, managers and guests. It's a great way to learn new skills and build professional relationships.

If you're looking for a job where there will never be slow days, a busboy position may be perfect for you. Remember to stay safe and enjoy your job!


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