I discovered, in 27+ years working seven very different careers, many things that helped me to stay satisfied. Above all else remember that you are the only person over which you have direct control. These are five tips that kept me satisfied with what many people consider one of the most boring jobs.
Avoid the Dead-end mindset
I believe that every job, no matter how mundane, is just as important as any other in any organization. When working in the food service industry, many of my co-workers were very unsatisfied. As a line-runner in a cafeteria style establishment, early in my second career, my job was to carry the food from the various kitchen areas to the line-servers. This job is just as important as the Chefs’ or Managers’. Without me the food would never have reached the customers’ plates. Always remember, you are critical to the operation of your organization.
Strive for Excellence
I learned early on that speed of delivery was my number one priority. If the prepared food sits in the kitchen a few minutes too long it could cool enough to be unsafe. Communications with the various chefs, servers, and floor manager had to be often and relevant. I had to know what items were running low and which items in the kitchen were coming up for delivery. Always be attentive to your duties and do your very best.
Food spills were a moment by moment occurrence. I learned the hard way to immediately place a wet-floor sign directly over a spill. My pastry chef tried to help me by taking a tray of rolls to the line. She slipped and fell on a small oil spill that I missed. Luckily she was ok. Consider consequences for others in what you do, or don’t do.
Establishing Delivery Patterns
Each line-runner had three to five assigned chefs. Since we had to deliver differing items to the same line we had to diligently avoid collisions. Those with seniority always got the quickest routes. They earned them. Always be satisfied with your position in the hierarchy and respect others’ hard work.
Be willing to help
On overwhelming days, each of us sometimes got behind. I learned that if anyone lagged in their deliveries and I could pick up one or two for them, most of them would return the favor. Be willing to share another’s load.