Eight productive ways to spend your break

It's break time! So while you relax in the staff room before getting back to the workload of your hospitality job, we thought we'd share one or two ways you might be able to be extra productive during this time.

Of course, sometimes we've been having a tough day and just want to switch off completely – which is productive in its own way – but if you happen to be in the mood and the circumstances are right, why not…

Check for jobs

While you've got spare time, why not check vacancies on your phone, if you're on the job hunt? These days many of us have access to the net on our mobiles, and all the job hunting help that's out there on it!

Get to know a new workmate

Why not use your spare time to chat to someone you don't know very well at work – maybe that means the new person or someone you don't work with directly – and potentially make a new friend?

Note down your shifts

Getting shifts noted down as soon as you see them helps mean you're not relying on memory and you stand less chance of turning up at the wrong time. Why not use your break to write down what you're working in the weeks ahead in your diary, whether it's electronic or not? And you could also write a note to your manager, requesting specific future days off, or ask a colleague to swap shifts if needs be.

Reflect on your day

If you're alone in the staff room, and want to make it more likely that you'll gain some useful experience from the working day, why not consider what the best and worst part of your shift so far have been? Was there a customer you could have dealt with better, or one who offered you direct praise? Consider how you could repeat or avoid particularly good or bad moments in future.

Eat

If you're having a break and you ought to be having a meal, don't neglect your food. Hospitality jobs can be physically demanding and not having eaten could prevent you from doing your best at work.

Read something useful

When was the last time you looked at that health and safety poster, or the information your manager pinned up about a new initiative in the workplace? Even if you've read it before, it could be useful to re-read and consider useful notices posted 'backstage' at your work.

Read the hospitality news

What's happening more widely in your industry? If you don't know, can you really consider yourself committed to your career? Hospitality news is often exciting and could give you inspiration you could use at work or in your job search.

Set a goal

How are you going to make the rest of your shift the best it can be? Why not consider and set a personal shift goal. Sometimes, these could even help you reach milestones that could be useful on your CV.