Rule Seven: Be the coworker you want to have.
Once you have been at a particular restaurant for any length of time, the floor chart can tell you a great deal about how your shift will go. Most servers can see the people they are working with and find reason for either optimism or frustration. Some shifts, you see names that you know can take care of whatever is thrown at them and still be able to help you if you need it. Other shifts, you are surrounded by people who are lazy and unwilling to help. The difference between a smooth shift and one you have to struggle through can often be just a couple of coworkers.
Which begs a question. When your coworkers see your name on the floor chart are they put at ease or anticipating extra work? No one likes to work with a person who is a ball of stress and can barely keep ahead of their own section. No one likes working with someone who does only the minimum to keep their guests happy. If you are not someone who people feel confident working beside, then you are part of the problem.
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