One Of The Forgotten Roles

One Of The Forgotten Roles

Resort Custodial

This is a role no one really thinks about. Most people when they hear custodial, they think of those in the white costumes in the Parks. Between my 2 Disney College Program's I've worked on every type of resort on Walt Disney World Property. (except the FW campgrounds)

Pop Century (Value Resort)
Art of Animation (Value Resort)
Coronado Springs (Moderate Resort/Home resort for 2015)
Animal Kindgom Lodge (Deluxe Resort)
Wilderness Lodge (Deluxe Resort)
Old Key West (Disney Vacation Club Resort/My home resort for 2017)

I've also worked at 2 parks (Magic Kingdom / Disney's Hollywood Studios) this past summer as well. While the parks were fun and overwhelming, I vastly prefer the resorts.

I'm glad that I had the chance to go to other resorts despite being away from my actual location for so long to the point where my managers thought i already left.

Resort Custodial is more than likely always under and in conjunction with the housekeeping department. A big difference between the resorts and the parks is the costumes (obviously) and the work they have to do. Every resort is different but they all have similar assignments.

Depending on your shift and the resort, the Resort Custodial may attend breakout with the housekeeping team especially if it's in the morning. Sometimes you may not, again it depends on what time your actual shift starts and where you get all your materials for the day. As of right now, most resorts have an iPhone, a paper that tells you where you need to go and what needs to be done in that area, also your tentative break times as well, and keys to get into the custodial closets and pargos (golf carts.)

In my personal experience, in all of the resorts I've worked at except for one which was an EHH shift. They all have a designated pool shifts(in most locations) or a shift that has pools included, again depending on the size of the resort and how busy it gets. In most pool shifts, it includes loading up new fresh towels to the towel bins in the pool areas, unloading the dirty ones, replacing the towel metros around the pool areas. As well as fixing chairs and tables and maintaining cleanliness all around the pool deck and surrounding areas.

Other areas that they are responsible for may be public bathrooms, laundry rooms, lobbies, parking lots (cast and public), and any place that is considered a public area. You may not realize but Resort Custodial does a lot of maintaining after the 3rd shift deep cleans the resorts. Because of their costumes being blended into the theme of the Resort, most people cannot identify who's a custodian.

Resort Custodial is a role most people kinda forget it exists. I enjoyed and loved working at the resorts. It's a different sort of magic. You get to see the same guests every day for several days. Maintaining a personal connection with them. It's just special that whenever they see you around the property and they know your name and face. Especially for newcomers, you're one of the first people they see and interact with. I take pride in helping new guests explore the world of Disney. I'm able to take the time to help them plan their vacation or give them tips in a more personal setting.

Take the time out of your day to thank a cast member, no matter the role. Cast Members of every role make magic their own way.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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The Importance Of A Clutter-Free Office

You'll definitely feel more productive


How do you feel when you walk into a messy-unorganized office and how different do you feel when you walk into an office which is clean and organized? The difference in the way you feel is how important it is to have a clutter-free work-space. The work-space can make a big impact on the productivity of the people working there and a clutter-free office brings a sense of calm and peace which makes it easier to focus on work.

If you do not keep a clean desk, you tend to lose things easily and waste time in searching for it through the mess. This will happen a lot of time if the mess is not cleaned reducing your efficiency.

We have made a list of things you can do to maintain a clutter-free office.

Get Rid of Junk:

Getting rid of things, you no longer need is extremely helpful to maintain a clutter-free working space. You need to do this cleaning in a very systematic way. Be careful not to throw away important items or documents.

Use Organizing Tools:

Nowadays there are tons of organizing tools available in the market which helps you in organizing your workplace in a methodical way. Getting fancy tools is not necessary. Get basic supplies such a binder, folders, markers, separators, etc.

Maintain a Cleaning Schedule:

Develop a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Try to do a light cleaning weekly and thorough cleaning on a monthly basis. Do not let your clean workplace to get messy again. Follow the schedule to keep your workspace productive.

Hire Cleaning Professionals:

If your office mess is beyond your control, you can hire professional services to help you clean up. Be sure to handle all the confidential information yourself. It is advisable to first clean up the sensitive files and documents before you call an outsider to help you clean the workplace.

Go Cable Free:

The major clutter we notice in the workplace is all the wires and loose cables for multiple devices. An easy way to keep your workplace wire-tidy is to opt for wireless devices. It is not always possible to go wireless for all devices, in such a case use cable ties and hide them away in conduits to make the place look tidy.

Get Extra Storage:

One of the main reasons for office clutter is the lack of storage space. Start adding cupboards in the office wherever possible to get rid of the clutter. Another efficient way of handling all the extra documentation and equipment is to store it outside office space in a self-storage unit such as self-storage Charlotte. Opting this option will let you create extra space in the office to store documents of the latest projects.

Go Digital:

The most common clutter item in an office is paper in the form of documents, reports, magazine, receipts and much more. This clutter can be avoided by avoiding papers and saving all the documents in digital form by creating them on a computer or scanning the existing documents. Make sure to discard the hard-copy once you have stored it digitally in the server.

Keep Thrash Can Nearby:

Make sure that each desk has a small trash can within reach. It is natural for people to throw away unwanted items immediately if a trash-can is nearby. This is a sure shot simple technique to get rid of the mess.

The most common reason why people end up with a messy workplace is that they do tidy up the place, but they fail to maintain it that way. Do not let your clutter-free workspace to mess up. If you feel it needs some tidying up, spend 10 minutes every day to keep things in place. You think this will take up time from your work but in reality, it will only allow getting more work done.

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