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20 Things Only Flight Attendants Would Understand

20 Things Only Flight Attendants Would Understand

Many people want to join the number of flight attendants. There are interesting angles to becoming a flight attendant. Still there are some problems every flight attendant understands. Here are 20 of them.

1. You had a tough time getting employed as flight attendant

Competition is ferocious and an opening for 1,500 spots could receive as much as 20,000 applications and many times higher. To get into an Ivy League school is far easier than landing a gig as a flight attendant.

2. You are not meant to be too tall or too short

There remains a constraint that you have to be tall enough to grab equipment from the overhead bins and not tall enough to be hitting your heads on the ceiling. So flight attendants understand why they simply have to stay between 5-foot-3 and 6-foot-1, although the exact height depends on the aircraft.

3. You can get yourself fired for a number of reasons

During the first six months newly hired attendants are put on strict probations. During this period anything could get you fired; issues such as calling in sick or dressing inappropriately could get you fired.

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4. You get paid for “flight hours only”

There is no such thing as getting paid for flight delays, cancellations or layovers. You only get paid when the craft pushes away from the gate. This means a lot of unpaid waiting time on the ground.

5. You have to be a super crisis manager

During rare occasions when anomalies or situations happen, flight attendants have to handle and manage situations with sensitivity and respect. An example is when a passenger is battling a flu and is about to pass away, the flight attendant should be able to find the best solution to settle the problem, perhaps an unscheduled landing or urging everyone to remain calm or get a doctor to render medical assistance.

6. You have to work with the police

An important part of the job is working with the police to apprehend criminals. Whether it is drug trafficking or human trafficking, the flight attendant presents herself as the first line of defence.

7. You should understand what seniority means

There is hierarchy amongst flight attendants. This could signal benefits in the routes you fly, the days you get to take off, the apartment you share with other attendants, and many more benefits.

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8. You tend to be more at risk than a passenger

There are more injuries that affect flight attendants than any passenger on the plane. As far as you are putting on your seatbelt you are safer than the flight attendant who is not putting one on yet.

9. You have to keep every relationship on the plane strictly professional

Although as in any other workplace, people form friendships and bond with people they feel comfortable with, the flight attendant has to maintain a strictly professional relationship with everyone on the plane.

10. You have to be of good manners

The truth is that not everybody gets on the plane in their best mood. The best attitude for the flight attendant is to be of high spirits and understanding enough to manage people’s behaviour.

11. You have to appreciate that every air travel should be memorable

Working with humans and caring for the flight needs of travelers will always be remarkable. As a flight attendant you should love flying, be adventurous and be willing to go the extra mile. Being a flight attendant isn’t just a job, it is a lifestyle.

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12. You must be flexible

Airlines operate day and night, and in some cases a flight overseas could take as much as 14 hours or more. Alltogether an attendant could work on holidays and weekends and fly for about 65 to 90 hours per months, with another 50 hours spend preparing and waiting for flights on ground.

13. Passenger safety is your most important duty

Although flight attendants should be able to attain a blend of customer service, a flight attendant’s main focus should be to ensure that every passenger enjoys the comfort and is safe through the duration on a flight.

14. You must be healthy

One of the most important requirements in securing a job as a flight attendant is your mental and physical health. Your health will be checked before you can get a job as a flight attendant.

15. You know that two days will never be alike

While the weather can be inconsistent on ground in one place, it is even more so if you keep traveling from place to place. Every day presents new cabin crew members, pilots and passengers that are heading off to different destinations.

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16. You should be knowledgeable about airline procedures

Every flight attendant shows skill in proper use of oxygen masks and safety belts, they know the whereabouts of lifeboats and emergency exits and more. After an attendant enters an aircraft he or she checks whether all the needed equipment is onboard and the flight should proceed.

17. You face exhaustion many times

You should understand that flight attendants are mostly on their feet nearly 100 percent of the time. Their job is also physical and very tasking. This affects their body clocks and their general health.

18. You don’t get the perfect sleep

Most times the airlines are trying to save some money so the flight attendants are not put in the highest quality hotels. Because of the nature of their job, they face sleep deprivation many times.

19. Your job affects your relationships

The job leaves you so exhausted that it becomes difficult to build intimate and cordial relationships whether with your family, friends and loved ones.

20. You have to be mindful of when you drink alcohol

Crew members are not allowed to drink 12 hours before a flight. Although you can drink constantly right up to the point when it it’s not allowed, you have to be mindful of every alcohol you drink. Being a flight attendant can be adventurous and fun yet you have to understand that with such joys there are discomforts and struggles.

Featured photo credit: Stewardess on the airfield. Place for your text. via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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