How to Lose a Job in 10 Days

Whether you’ve been in your current hospitality role for some time or you’ve just begun your new role, you might be searching for an effective way to lose your job.

Fear not, for with our eleven years of experience in the hospitality industry, we're here to help you drop your position with the least amount of effort in the shortest amount of time. Read on to discover our compiled list of the best and quickest ways to lose your job in ten days.


Day One. Practice tardiness. If you want to lose your job quickly, never arrive on time and definitely do not arrive early. Who likes a keener anyway?

Day Two. Illustrate a negative attitude. One of the fastest ways to lose your hospitality job is to illustrate a lack of interest with a poor attitude. Not having a great shift? Let everyone know by complaining, slouching, and dragging your feet.

Day Three. Display absolutely no sense of urgency. Another sure-fire way to lose your job is by being lazy. Never report inefficiencies, don’t anticipate guest or your coworker’s needs and take your time with every task. Who wants to increase their tips anyway? That customer can wait while you finish that conversation with your workmates.

Day Four. Don't bother with your grooming. Are you heading to your shift after the beach? No need to shower, just throw on whatever you have with you. If your uniform is normally black slacks and a button down white shirt your jeans and singlet should be just fine.

Day Five. No need to listen. If your supervisor or manager is giving you instructions, don't pay attention. Daydream away, my friends. Chances are that another coworker would be listening so they can handle it.

Day Six. Don't bother learning the menu or drinks that your venue is serving. No one really cares anyway and if a customer is really bothered, they can easily just read the menu themselves.

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Day Seven. No need to comply with the Work Health and Safety procedures. They're more of a guideline and that broken glass on the floor can wait.

Day Eight. Eat if you're hungry. Feeling a little peckish on shift? No problem - just visit back of house to grab a sneaky snack. If you don't have your own food, simply take some from the chef. They won't mind.

Day Nine.  Always speak your mind. If you're dealing with a difficult customer, no need to filter your thought process. Just lean into a confrontation and tell them how it is. Who said the customer is always right?

Day Ten. The last way to lose your job? Be as unavailable as possible. Whatever you do, don’t let your employer know your availability and when you are scheduled, notify them that you’re unable to work last-minute. Better yet, don’t show up to your shift altogether and turn off your phone.


But seriously...

Joking aside, while we speak light-heartedly about the subject if you want to not only keep your hospitality job but excel at it, we obviously don’t recommend carrying out any of the previous ten steps. In fact, we promote the exact opposite by being early to work, having a positive attitude, illustrating a sense of urgency, and making yourself available with great communication. All of these will result in positive recognition, along with personal and professional satisfaction.

Self-improvement is not only great for your personal growth, but it will also help in growing your career (regardless of what industry you end up in), your employer will appreciate your ambition and effort, your coworkers will see you as an asset to the team, and you will ultimately end up earning a higher pay rate and more tips, which is great news for everyone!

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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.


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