I work in both worlds: Office by day, restaurant by night. Interesting always to me when those worlds merge together.. Always at this time of year: Christmas ..
Office parties amaze me. The office workers happy and content sipping on their boxed wine that has a markup of 80% per glass .. Devouring their mouth watering "home cooked" food that is 95% from a box higher in sodium than pig's liver .. Loving that dessert that was bought at a supermarket and spruced up with some cherries and whipped cream that the kitchen staff had to sniff first to make sure it wasn't sour cream instead..
Tis the season for holly jolly joy.. Bathroom trips soon later.
What goes through me like nails on a chalkboard, though, is hearing co-workers think of the server as a mindless robot that just "does and does" instead of gets tired and annoyed. To me, a cardinal rule of being a proper customer is this: If you're beer is a little under half full, and the server is getting drinks for everyone else at the table, SPEAK UP NOW and don't wait until the server comes back to serve the others the drinks they asked for..
Another rule often violated by the typical office customer: The office party is NOT, I repeat, NOT the central focus of the server. It's not the reason they woke up today.. it's not their favorite part of the day. As a matter of fact, it may very well be their least favorite.
Ahh, yes. The merging of two worlds on extreme ends of the spectrum. This weekend, after my office jobs, there will be Christmas parties. Both worlds have their drawbacks.