Why working in hospitality might be better than you think
When it comes to finding a glamorous career, working in hospitality might not be the first area you think of. Being a celebrity, running a business or being involved in fashion might seem more glamorous but working in hospitality has many advantages.
Here are just a few of them...
During the pandemic, many office workers had to adapt and move to working from home and, for many, this has had a huge impact on social interactions as office chit-chat and face to face meetings were replaced with Zoom calls and Messenger chats.
In the future, it looks like many businesses will continue with some form of working from home, but in hospitality, the situation is a bit different.
As well as working in a team interacting with colleagues, anyone who is customer-interfacing is also able to interact with different customers throughout the day - and this has a positive impact on well-being. We admit that there are always challenges with demanding customers or busy periods, but we believe the advantages of working with a team and interacting face to face outweigh these challenges.
A portfolio career
For many people, looking for a better work-life balance and more freedom, managing multiple careers or ways of earning money is a great solution. A portfolio career involves having a portfolio of jobs or income streams that provide variety and greater job satisfaction. Want to work in hospitality at the weekends or just in the summer but offer other services at other times to suit you? With a portfolio career you can. And you can have as few or many jobs as you want.
Multiple income streams allow you to better choose what hours you work, and to do what you enjoy most.
At the heart of a healthy lifestyle is exercise, and this is tough to achieve with a 9-5 career that’s office based. With hospitality, however, you are always on the go.
If you are in hospitality and complaining that you have been “running around like crazy” all day then consider this: In a study involving cleaning maids in New York*, researchers found the maids “were significantly healthier” a month after it was explained to them how much healthy exercise, they were getting with the work they do! They lost weight and blood pressure went down as well.
Roles that require regular daily exercise increase the chances of being generally happier and healthier, and there are plenty of roles in hospitality that require at least a bit of movement and exercise.
Making a difference
Food (and sleep) is at the core of the way we live. Without food we can’t live, but with great food and great service we can enjoy life more - and working in hospitality is a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of customers.
Many people love working in hospitality and appreciate the impact they are having and if you are considering a career in hospitality then you can help make a difference as well.
In need of more inspiration? Here are some of our favourite quotes that we think are relevant to this article including some inspiration and fun quotes:
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
~ Ruth Reichl
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
~ Orson Welles
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
“Food should be fun”
~ Thomas Keller