What made the finding odd is that my entire LinkedIn presence revolves entirely around hospitality professionals. I’ve seen Bartenders, Servers, Sommeliers, Hosts, Sous Chefs, Chefs, Bar Backs, Captains, FOH/Restaurant/Kitchen/Bar/General/Training Managers, F&B/Banquet/Sales/Front Desk/Housekeeping/Engineering Managers & Directors, Directors of Ops, Owners, Regional/District Managers, COOs, CEOs, and SVPs, …(breathe)…. every hospitality title imaginable except for a Dishwasher. As someone who hires managers for a living, titles are a big part of my day to day work activity. To be honest, I never stop reading them. And of all the titles I’ve read, this one impressed me the most.
The honesty alone speaks volumes. This man probably does other things in the restaurant such as prep food, clean, and cook on occasion. He could have easily used a more “glamorous” title for his profile, but he didn’t. He did not fabricate or overstate his position. Why? My guess is that’s he’s proud of what he does for a living and could care less about a title. Now, there’s a thought!
You may still be wondering why I’m impressed with someone who is just a dishwasher.
If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant you know that washing dishes is one of the most critical roles. Without this job a restaurant literally comes to a complete standstill. More importantly, the dishwasher is part of a team, and a team is only as strong as the sum of its parts.
Furthermore, he should be proud of his job. Washing dishes in a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work that not just anyone can do. Try scrubbing pots, pans, dishes, silverware, and glassware for eight hours in a wet, sticky space. You’ll agree, I promise.
Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in the “dish pit.” I’m probably biased with regards to the job. But in my experience, dishwashers are some of the hardest working employees I’ve ever known.
According to his profile, the gentleman works for a seafood restaurant in Georgia. After a little digging I discovered that he wasn’t alone on LinkedIn. Not by a long shot. As I’m writing this there are over 40,000 people on LinkedIn with the word “dishwasher” in their title. Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock.
As a manager I always took the time to talk to my dishwashers, give them free meals, and acknowledge their hard work every chance I could. I did so because I knew firsthand how hard their job was and how under-recognized they are. In the restaurant world, Chefs, Restaurateurs, and Managers seem to get all the recognition. It’s important that we don’t forget about the people whose hard work keeps these businesses operating.
If you work in a restaurant, thank your dishwasher the next time you see him or her. If you don’t work in a restaurant, just be thankful they exist.