Clean the entire mall...then clean it again 20 minutes later.
Pros: being told on occasion by random customers that they appreciated my work.
Cons: feeling unappreciated, high expectations that lacked understanding of circumstances, being taken for granted by careless mall patrons.
A TYPICAL WORK DAY
Making rounds up and down one of the three sections of the mall, checking for spills, dropped trash, or other sanitary or safety issues to be addressed.
Clean windows, floor, decor. Dust fixtures and store fronts.
Clean and sanitize bathrooms in regular intervals.
Vacuum carpets, clean dining area tables.
WHAT I LEARNED
That I absolutely – more... despite janitorial work. But it was still good, honest work to be done.
My manager was not bad, but I never felt truly appreciated. He seemed to have a singular emotion or demeanor that always put me on edge, waiting to be told of something unsatisfactory.
My co-workers were mostly very cool. A few of them could be difficult to talk with because they just kept talking and talking rather than taking turns in dialogue. But other than that, they were a good crew and I did not mind being around them at all.
HARDEST PART OF THE JOB
Having to cover my section of the mall in a timely fashion AND THEN also having to walk to the other end where the bathrooms were located and clean them EVERY 20 minutes...a task not so easily done when there are tons of interruptions and messes that make "timely" completely out of the question.
Even worse, customers who walk right THROUGH areas that are obviously marked off to be mopped and didn't care about the job that I was doing.
MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF THE JOB
When my shift was over. (I'm not pessimistic or a negative thinker, but that's honestly what I looked forward to the most.) – less