In a typical work setting, kitchen helpers:
- Have a low to medium level of social contact. They get instructions from supervisors, but spend most of their shift working alone or with other helpers.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers and customers.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other helpers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors, but may work outdoors while unloading supplies from trucks or catering outdoor events.
- Sometimes wear uniforms such as aprons or jackets.
- Are on rare occasions exposed to hazardous situations when cutting or slicing. The likelihood of even slight injury is low.
- Often wear protective attire such as hair nets and gloves.
- Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could affect the health of customers.
- Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
- May work full time or part time.
- May work days, evenings, weekends, or holidays.
- May be required to work split shifts. For example, they might work from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with time off in between.
- May be required to work rotating shifts. For example, they might work days one week and evenings the next.