(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain professionals for the restaurant industry. Enjoy today’s post!)
I recently read an article where someone talked about being successful in a job they don’t like. I believe when you don’t like your job, it can often show in your work. How can you take pride in your work if you don’t enjoy what you do?! I’m not sure that you can fake enjoying your job. Yeah, sure maybe for a day but not long-term. Eventually, it catches up with you. And ultimately, it impacts your success.
I found today’s infographic from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation particularly interesting. Over 75% of restaurant workers are proud to work in the industry. That number jumps to 90%+ for management and operations positions.
And if you’re thinking pride is based upon a person’s job title, well check this out: 90% of restaurant employees ages 35-64 are proud to work in the industry. 78% of teenagers (under age 18) are proud to work in restaurants, with 89% working and going to school.
According to the 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends research, 78% of business leaders rate engagement and retention as important to business success. Having pride in your work is a key driver of employee engagement. We can’t expect employees to stay with the company and deliver good service if they don’t care about the work they do.
That’s why liking your job matters. It’s the reason that having pride in your work matters. If you don’t have pride in your work, then you need to ask yourself some hard questions. If your employees don’t have pride in their work, you need to find out the reason. Because ultimately, it will show in your work and it will impact your success.