Busboy Career

Job Description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

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What Busboys do:

  • Clean and polish counters, shelves, walls, furniture, or equipment in food service areas or other areas of restaurants and mop or vacuum floors.
  • Clean up spilled food or drink or broken dishes and remove empty bottles and trash.
  • Scrape and stack dirty dishes and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of items such as clean linens, silverware, glassware, dishes, or trays.
  • Stock cabinets or serving areas with condiments and refill condiment containers.
  • Locate items requested by customers.
  • Carry food, dishes, trays, or silverware from kitchens or supply departments to serving counters.
  • Serve ice water, coffee, rolls, or butter to patrons.
  • Perform serving, cleaning, or stocking duties in establishments, such as cafeterias or dining rooms, to facilitate customer service.
  • Wipe tables or seats with dampened cloths or replace dirty tablecloths.
  • Fill beverage or ice dispensers.
  • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, or other supplies.
  • Serve food to customers when waiters or waitresses need assistance.
  • Replenish supplies of food or equipment at steam tables or service bars.
  • Garnish foods and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
  • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
  • Slice and pit fruit used to garnish drinks.
  • Carry linens to or from laundry areas.
  • Mix and prepare flavors for mixed drinks.
  • Run cash registers.
  • Wash glasses or other serving equipment at bars.
  • Stock refrigerating units with wines or bottled beer or replace empty beer kegs.
  • Stock vending machines with food.

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Holland Code Chart for a Busboy

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