Day One

Today was my first day at my new job – food service at a local hospital. It was both fun and a little nerve-wracking at the same time! Here’s why:Things that rocked:

  • Room service deliveries are possibly the best part of a patient’s day. Seeing their faces light up when we brought in the trays was awesome! They’d be so excited to get good food.
    (c) Hans,  This is a stock photo, not real hospital food, but damn if this doesn't look as good as that food does!

    (c) Hans,
    This is a stock photo, not real hospital food, but damn if this doesn’t look as good as that food does!

  • The food there is AMAZING. We have to check the contents of each tray against the room service receipt before we deliver it, and some of that food is like it’s from a good restaurant. I’m talking mac’n’cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, big salads with all kinds of toppings, chocolate pudding with whipped cream (real pudding – not a Snack Pack), baked tilapia with some kind of delicious smelling dressing, grilled chicken…
  • When you’re working room service, instead of wearing the polyester polo shirt, you get to wear a much cooler chef’s jacket. I mean cooler in both definitions: it looks way better on than the polo, and it’s light cotton, so it’s not as prone to making you overheat.
  • We get a food allowance every day that we work, meaning that we can eat for free in the cafeteria, the “fresh cafe” on campus, Subway, and Starbucks. That’s right…free Starbucks. Really, this should be at the top of the list.
  • Everyone who works there seems really nice. A lot of people could tell I was new, and they came up and introduced themselves to me and offered to help me if I needed anything, even though I was assigned to a specific employee for training today. The girl who trained me (she’s 19 – oh to be 19 again!) was also super nice, which made it a lot less awkward to follow her everywhere she went all day.
  • I’m going to get a TON of hours, which is good when you start a new job. It’s the perfect way to learn the ropes.
  • I am basically getting paid to exercise. According to my pedometer app, I walked 4.48 miles throughout the hospital today. And that doesn’t count lifting and carrying those heavy trays of food! Gym? Who needs a gym?

Things I’m the teensiest bit worried about:

(c) cezjaw,

(c) cezjaw, Again, not my hospital – stock photo.

  • Getting lost. The hospital is HUGE – seven floors with three or four wings each. Finding the individual rooms isn’t what’s worrying me, since there are signs posted everywhere – but finding my way back to the kitchen after is going to be tough.
  • Dropping a tray. Some of those trays are Heavy. Yes, Heavy with a capital H.
  • Forgetting something important, like checking the receipt for special instructions or scanning the trays before I take them out of the kitchen. Granted, today was just my first day, so I’m sure by the time I’m done with training on Friday this won’t seem so scary.

Whew – that’s a lot of things! The “things that rocked” list is way longer than the other one though, which is definitely a good thing.

What’s your biggest worry when you start a new job?

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