A a team member, you need to maintain focus on your job function but also be aware of how your job impacts others. As an example, the kitchen needs clean pots and pans to cook with and the servers need clean dishes and service ware, so the dish washing function is indispensable. Without clean dishes, even the best food goes unserved.
Your job may be very station specific (e.g. at a hot line where items are sauted or at a cold station where salads and cold appetizers are prepared) or move varied and diverse in terms of function. Regardless, it is important that you understand and respect the work of others. Everyone is essential to the team.
A healthy dynamic , or how a team works together, is critical to the success of a culinary operation. As an employee, you can help do your part and contribute to work culture of success and achievement by staying focused on a few basic concepts while striving to be a high achieving employee.
Just the Basics
While they might be obvious many, it is important to reiterate the basic expectation of most employers. If you follow these basic principles, you will likely get noticed as a good employee with potential to grow.
- Arrive to work on-time, with a positive attitude and in the proper uniform.
- Be prepared to start work at your station immediately.
- Set up your work station with care and work to complete all of the required tasks.
- Work quietly, efficiently and cleanly.
- Show respect for your co-workers and for the craft of cooking.
- At the end of your shift, clean up your station and make sure all items are properly stored.
High achieving employees embody the extra effort and attention it takes to be recognized as a future manger or leader in an organization. If you follow these principles, you will be recognized as an indispensable member of the team with capacity for leadership or increased responsibility. Individual who demonstrate high achieving attributes tend to do well in any endeavour they are passionate about.
If you really have a passion to work in the culinary arts, then bring your effort to work everyday. Here are some specific suggestions to show that you can be the boss.
- Arrive to work 15 minutes early,ready to work, with a positive attitude and in a proper uniform.
- Have a game plan for action and show a sense of urgency in starting and completing tasks. Set a quick, yet controlled pace for working-show hustle.
- Set up your work station with care, complete all of the required tasks and take on additional tasks to help fellow team members.
- Clean as you work and pay extra attention to maximizing efforts to support the team.
- At the end of your shift, break down and clean up your station and make sure all items are properly stored. Leave it in better condition than you found it.
- Be proactive and take initiative. Ask the chef if you can assists in any other way.
- Set an example for others to follow- in your work and your attitude. Be consistent.
- Take a service-first perspective and support your co-workers in fostering an exceptional guest or customer experience.
- Ask for specific quick, regular feedback and find ways to continually improve your performance.
- Show self awareness and admit mistakes or oversights.
- Show that you are open to learning, even if it’s review of something you already know.