We employ all sorts of people to be a Travel Agent in the Australian travel industry. Which is cool. But please, just make sure you’re not one of these five.
In the travel industry, we employ the young, old, male, female, straight, LGBTQI, local, foreign, lazy, motivated, funny, boring, smart and the stupid.
You get my drift – we’re diverse. I love working in an industry where I get to meet and work with such a huge array of people.
I’ve absolutely loved working with most of my colleagues, which has been hundreds of people across the 10+ travel agencies I’ve worked in over the years.
I’ve struggled to get along with some of them as well. Who hasn’t right?
When we work in such a high stress environment there’s bound to be a few situations where fellow colleagues behaviors may get on our nerves a bit.
So come on, be honest, are you or your coworkers any of these people?
1. The Coffee Round Dodger
Travel Agents drink a lot of coffee, we need our caffeine hit at 7am, 9am, 11am and 4pm – unless it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday – then it’s wine.
We’re all on first-name basis with our barista within a few months of being on the job, unless you’re a round dodger of course.
These moles will always put their hand up when someone else is off to the café, but never seem to reciprocate – or even worse when they come sneaking back into the office with a single cup.
2. The Never-Prints-Docs Guy
His clients always seem to pop in on his day off or when she’s at lunch.
They paid for their tickets a week ago and were told to come in and collect them anytime.
Poor Suzie spends five minutes rifling through the cupboard out back before returning, red-faced to her computer to say they haven’t been done yet.
“That’s okay, I’ll wait”
says the customer, not knowing that Suzie has ten hours of quotes to smash out before she goes home.
3. The Chick Who Always Brings Her Boyfriend to Work Functions
Three words. Awkward AF.
I feel so sorry for these poor lads (or ladies) that get dragged along to travel industry nights where nobody talks to them, they don’t understand what’s going on and they are probably freaking out about their significant other working with so many loose units.
Just leave them at home, okay? If there are trust issues, you might be in the wrong job – or relationship.
4. The Slob
Crumbs are pretty neat – if you’re a mouse.
If you’re not a mouse, then clean them the f$%k up!
Travel agencies generally employ between 4-20 people per office, which means there are lots of people using the kitchen, bathroom, change areas, etc.
It’s kind of like living in a share house, except less casual sex (hopefully).
Nobody likes cleaning up after his or her colleagues, so just clean that butter knife and put it away; you’re not going to make another sandwich.
5. The Drama Queen
Every second day is the end of the world for this person.
He or she will turn a small hiccup into a potential episode of A Current Affair.
It could be a missed flight, transfer driver no-show or even the wrong type of soy milk in his morning soy-honey-chai-latte.
He NEEDS everyone around him to know what he’s going through and offer words of support to get him to 6pm without imploding.
Take a pill dude; we all have daily dramas to sort.
Anyone else you think we should add to the list? Share with us in the comments.
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