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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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10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

This is an article I didn’t want to write. Even if it appears that way on the surface, few things are black and white. Between the two colors is a world of gray. Notwithstanding the bosses who behave criminally, some of the people who carry the “bad boss” label have possibly been, or have the capacity to become, a “good boss.”

This is an article I didn’t want to write because I understand that depending on whom you ask, many of us could be labeled either a good or bad boss.

Perhaps another reason I didn’t want to write this article is because context matters. Context for the organization and context for the individual. What is happening in the organization? What is the culture? Is the “boss” in a position for which the individual is equipped to do the job? Is the person in a terrible place in life? The office culture, the relationship a team member has with a boss or board and the leader’s personal life can all influence how the person shows up and leads and how others perceive the individual.

But since I am writing this article, I will share a few signs that bosses are bad and in need of a timeout.

1. Bad Bosses Don’t Know and Haven’t Healed Their Inner Child

If you plan to lead people – well, if you plan to effectively lead yourself – you must get reacquainted with your inner child. Just because you are in young adulthood, middle age or the golden years doesn’t mean your inner child matches your chronological age. If you experienced trauma as a child, your inner child may be stuck at the point or age of that trauma. While you walk around in a woman’s size 10 shoe, your behavior may showcase an inner child who is much younger.

In a June 7, 2008, Psychology Today article, Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D., observed,[1]

“The fact is that the majority of so-called adults are not truly adults at all. We all get older … But, psychologically speaking, this is not adulthood. True adulthood hinges on acknowledging, accepting, and taking responsibility for loving and parenting one’s own inner child. For most adults, this never happens. Instead, their inner child has been denied, neglected, disparaged, abandoned or rejected. We are told by society to ‘grow up,’ putting childish things aside. To become adults, we’ve been taught that our inner child—representing our child-like capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity and playfulness—must be stifled, quarantined or even killed. The inner child comprises and potentiates these positive qualities. But it also holds our accumulated childhood hurts, traumas, fears and angers.”

Sometimes the key that your inner child needs tending to is conflict with someone else’s inner child.

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Good bosses are aware of the ups and downs of their childhood, have worked or are working to heal their inner child and are aware of their triggers. Good managers use this awareness to manage themselves, and their interactions with others. Bad bosses are oblivious to how their inner child impacts not only their life but the lives of others.

2. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Accept Feedback

Bad bosses are not intentional about creating an environment where their peers and colleagues can share feedback about their leadership. They don’t solicit feedback. Given the power dynamic that managers, CEOs and others in leadership yield, they must go out of their way to solicit feedback, and they must do so repeatedly.

Before being completely honest, most team members will test the waters and share low-stakes information to get a sense for how their boss will respond. If the boss is angry or retaliatory, team members are less likely to risk being candid in the future.

So being unable to accept feedback takes on two forms: failing to proactively and repeatedly ask for feedback and reacting poorly when feedback is shared.

3. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling to Give Timely Feedback

The flip side of accepting feedback is giving feedback. Both require courage. It takes courage to open yourself up and accept feedback on ways that you need to grow. Similarly, it takes courage to share honest feedback about a team member’s or colleague’s performance or behavior.

Since not everyone is open to accepting feedback, whether they’re a manager or not, having an honest conversation about areas a team member or colleague has missed the mark, is not always easy. Still, good bosses will find a way to share feedback, and they’ll do so in a timely fashion.

Withholding feedback and sharing it months after a situation has unfolded or in a snowball fashion is unhelpful to the employees. One of the ways we grow as leaders is through feedback. When people have the courage to tell us the truth, that information allows us to progress.

4. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Acknowledge Their Mistakes

Owning their mistakes is like a disease to bad bosses; they do not want it. Instead of being risk averse, they are accountability averse. The problem is that they can only gloss over their weaknesses or failures for so long; the people around are able to see their flaws and weaknesses, and bad bosses pretending they don’t exist is not helpful. It is infuriating.

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However, bad bosses are masterful at reassigning blame. They are unable or unwilling to accept responsibility for mistakes — small or large. But career expert Amanda Augustine told CNBC “Make It” in May 2017, that “good managers also admit their mistakes.”[2] They don’t pass the blame or pretend they didn’t make a mistake. They own it.

5. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling or Incapable of Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability is an underrated leadership skill. But well-placed and well-thought out vulnerability enables employees to see their leaders’ humanity, and it creates a way for leaders to bond with their teams.

Bad bosses may talk about vulnerability, but they don’t practice it in their own lives, particularly in the workplace.

6. Privately, Bad Bosses Do Not Live Up to the Organization’s Stated Values

Bad bosses may publicly spout the values of the organization they work for, but privately they either don’t believe or don’t embody those values.

If they work for an environmental group, they may not practice sustainability in their private lives. Their words and actions are incongruent.

7. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Inspire Others

When bad bosses are unable or unwilling to take the time to inspire others, they lead through fear or command. Neither are helpful.

A culture dominated by fear will stifle creativity and risk taking that can lead to innovation. An autocratic management style will have a similar effect in that team, members will not feel they have the space to step outside of the box they have been placed in.

A good boss is someone who takes time to share the big picture and time to inspire their teams to want to be a part of it.

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8. Bad Bosses Are Disinterested in How Their Behavior Impacts Others

They are narcissistic and focused on self-preservation. In “19 Traits of a Bad Boss,” Kevin Sheridan said,[3]

“Terrible bosses are endlessly self-centered. Everything is about them and not the people they manage or what is going on in their employees’ personal lives. It is never about the team, but rather all about how good they look. Conversely, great bosses lead with integrity, honesty, care, and authenticity.”

Rather than seeing their team’s talents and seeing people’s full humanity, bad bosses believe their team exists to serve them. Families, personal life and priorities be damned. Bona fide bad bosses believe that their comfort should be prioritized over their team’s needs and desires.

9. Bad Bosses Have Likely Received Negative Feedback

Bad bosses have likely been told that they are poor supervisors. They have likely been told time and time again that their behavior is harmful to the people around them.

Perhaps they do not know how to change or are unwilling to change. But bad bosses certainly have received clues, insights and direct feedback that their management style and behavior are harmful to others.

Even when someone hasn’t explicitly said, “Your behavior is harmful to me and others,” the absence of feedback indicates a problem. It can mean that the leader’s team doesn’t feel safe enough to share feedback, that people do not believe the leader will act on what is shared, or that people have determine the best strategy is to avoid the boss as much as possible.

10. Bad Bosses Are Perfectionists

Bad bosses are driven by an internal urge to be perfect. Perfectionists don’t just want to be perfect; they want everyone around them to be perfect as well. This is a standard that neither they nor their team can live up to.

Since perfection is illusive, they spend their time chasing their shadow and being frustrated that they cannot catch it. They are unable to enjoy the journey and often block others from doing so as well. They let “perfect” be the enemy of “good.” Rather than embracing a growth mindset that desires to learn and improved, they are compulsive and toxic.

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If you are like me and you see yourself in parts of this list, do not despair. A bad boss can change. The key is seeking honest feedback and being willing to work through that feedback and your triggers with a therapist or coach.

The Bottom Line

Regardless of your age and the mistakes you have made, you can change and become a healthier leader whom others respect and appreciate.

Conversely, if you are employed by a bad boss, do everything in your power to take care of yourself. Understand that your boss’s behavior, even if directed at you, is not about you. Your boss’s reactions, if and when you make a mistake, is a reflection on that individual, not you.

To survive the work environment, think about the lesson you are meant to learn. You can do this with a trusted therapist or capable coach. However, if you deem the work environment to be toxic and harmful to your health, seek employment elsewhere.

In the end, this is an article I did not want to write, but I’m happy I did.

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