I have to stand 9 hours at my job, any suggestions?

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#1 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

Hi, so tomorrow I'll be starting a job as a restaurant host at the VIP section of a casino. My hours are Fri, Sat, Sun from 6pm-4am. The schedule is poor, however, I'm more concerned about standing for 9 hours with a 1 hour break to sit down. I'll be walking around a lot to bring customers drinks. I cannot sit while I'm working except for the 1 hour break. Has anyone ever stood for 9 hours straight while walking around? any suggestions? I don't want to get joint pain or a disorder in my legs or feet.

#2 Posted by TwistedShade (3165 posts) -

Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and stand up straight with good posture. Otherwise you'll get pretty bad back ache.

#3 Posted by Vickman178 (1035 posts) -

My mom stands up a lot cutting hair and constantly complains about sore feet and back.

My suggestion to you is get a different job :P

#4 Posted by Oleg_Huzwog (21885 posts) -

I'm pretty sure they'll let you take your break sometime in the middle of your shift, so don't worry about having to stand up for 9 hours straight.

#5 Posted by Serraph105 (28302 posts) -

Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and stand up straight with good posture. Otherwise you'll get pretty bad back ache.

TwistedShade
Pretty much this. You will get used to it after a while. Also do not become content, and get a better job.
#6 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

[QUOTE="TwistedShade"]

Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and stand up straight with good posture. Otherwise you'll get pretty bad back ache.

Serraph105

Pretty much this. You will get used to it after a while. Also do not become content, and get a better job.

I'm doing it just for the money really. The last girl in the position who resigned told me she made $800 a week and rougly $3500 a month from her pay check and mostly the tips.

#7 Posted by TehFuneral (8059 posts) -

Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and stand up straight with good posture. Otherwise you'll get pretty bad back ache.

TwistedShade

This guy puts it pretty well, specially the shoes part; You don't want to have bunions or acessory navicular bones.

You should be able to handle 9 hours, and if you're fat the worse thing that could happen to you is varicose veins.

Don't worry, you won't lose your legs or anything.

#8 Posted by Nuck81 (5865 posts) -
Are you that fat and lazy? Millions of people have to stand for far longer periods of time, doing much more meaningful stuff. Get your big boy britches on and suck it up.
#9 Posted by fernandmondego_ (3170 posts) -
Are you going to be "gellin'"? Also, try a back belt if your back get's tired.
#10 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

[QUOTE="Serraph105"][QUOTE="TwistedShade"]

Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and stand up straight with good posture. Otherwise you'll get pretty bad back ache.

LegitGamer3212

Pretty much this. You will get used to it after a while. Also do not become content, and get a better job.

I'm doing it just for the money really. The last girl in the position who resigned told me she made $800 a week and rougly $3500 a month from her pay check and mostly the tips.

I hope it goes well for you, girls tend to get more tips.
#11 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

Are you going to be "gellin'"? Also, try a back belt if your back get's tired.fernandmondego_

whats gellin

#12 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

[QUOTE="LegitGamer3212"]

[QUOTE="Serraph105"] Pretty much this. You will get used to it after a while. Also do not become content, and get a better job. dramaybaz

I'm doing it just for the money really. The last girl in the position who resigned told me she made $800 a week and rougly $3500 a month from her pay check and mostly the tips.

I hope it goes well for you, girls tend to get more tips.

yeah thats very true, most of the customers are older guys in there 50s, the female hostesses can wear tights and a tank top with a suit, they make the male hosts wear a suit and tie with dress pants.

#13 Posted by Dogswithguns (10816 posts) -
Better than sitting all day jobs. IMO
#14 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
It is inhuman to force someone to stand in a single place for that amount of time. Walking is fine, but standing causes an inordinate amount of stress on the legs and especially the knees. Suggestions I can give (from almost three years security experience): 1. Pay top-dollar for a good pair of walking shoes. New Balance 928 are the best I have owned. 2. Stretch your legs and back before work, periodically during and after once you get home. 3. Try to walk as much as you can. Remaining standing for periods of time over 30 minutes, will cause you to become restless, and start shifting your weight from one leg to the other, not only looking unprofessional, but increasing pressure on your joints. 4. Use NSAID analgesics such as ibuprofin (100-200 mg) if you find pain levels becoming intolerable. I can't tell you how much of a wondrous addition to my world it has been.
#15 Posted by RossRichard (2399 posts) -

Like everyone else said, get some good shoes. The first couple of weeks will be tough, but your legs will adjust.

#16 Posted by Baranga (14217 posts) -

Whenever you have to stand and feel uncomfortable, slowly shift weight from your heels to the front and back. It's an imperceptible move but it helps with the pain.

Just don't shift from one leg to another, it makes you look bad and it's not worth hurting a leg more while the other one is relieved.

#17 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

It is inhuman to force someone to stand in a single place for that amount of time. Walking is fine, but standing causes an inordinate amount of stress on the legs and especially the knees. Suggestions I can give (from almost three years security experience): 1. Pay top-dollar for a good pair of walking shoes. New Balance 928 are the best I have owned. 2. Stretch your legs and back before work, periodically during and after once you get home. 3. Try to walk as much as you can. Remaining standing for periods of time over 30 minutes, will cause you to become restless, and start shifting your weight from one leg to the other, not only looking unprofessional, but increasing pressure on your joints. 4. Use NSAID analgesics such as ibuprofin (100-200 mg) if you find pain levels becoming intolerable. I can't tell you how much of a wondrous addition to my world it has been.Zeviander

that sounds extremely bad taking ibuprofin for work everyday. I get what you're saying though, when the pain is unbearable. So I recently bought a pair of the 2012 Nike Flex running shoes, they seem ok, never tried walking 9 hours with them though.

#18 Posted by The_Gaming_Baby (6337 posts) -

Wear correct footwear.

I stand all day at work too. At first my calfs, ankles and feet were aching toward the end of the day but my legs have toughened up and now there is usually no pain. Plus, my calfs are a bit thicker

#19 Posted by DigitalDame (4116 posts) -

Try not to lock your knees.

#20 Posted by ShadowsDemon (10169 posts) -
Get good shoes. Trust me; they're the difference between heaven and hell.
#21 Posted by XilePrincess (13130 posts) -
Good shoes are NOT an option. Get something comfortable and if you think you need it, get some inserts. Never a bad idea. Honestly my first couple all-day shifts made my feet hurt really badly, but eventually you get used to it. My knees and back now are what are starting to hurt. Put heat on where you're getting pain and do what you can to elevate your legs when you sleep. Also consider your hands and wrists. Drink trays can be heavy, so do hand exercises to ward off carpal tunnel and stuff.
#22 Posted by LegitGamer3212 (1616 posts) -

Better than sitting all day jobs. IMODogswithguns

I always thought sitting all day jobs are better, I know it might not be great for your cardiovascular system, but health wise is standing really better

#23 Posted by Diablo-B (4051 posts) -
I had a job like this where I would be on my feet for 5 to 10 hours depending on the work load. I HIGHLY recommend doing two things. First, it you don't work out already start. You should be doing this either way but a strong healthy body will allow you to easily stay on your feet all day long. Secondly, get comfortable shoes and get some custom fit orthopedic insoles. I was getting leg cramps and had to get them. After I did I could stand/walk all day long in comfort. Now I can't live without them, so damn comfortable.
#24 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
that sounds extremely bad taking ibuprofin for work everyday. I get what you're saying though, when the pain is unbearable. So I recently bought a pair of the 2012 Nike Flex running shoes, they seem ok, never tried walking 9 hours with them though.LegitGamer3212
If you find yourself taking a pill everyday, then you might want to look for different work. Everyone has good and bad days when it comes to stiffness or pain. The anti-inflammatory effect of the ibuprofin can help prevent further injury, which is important if you need to keep the job to stay afloat.
#25 Posted by lamprey263 (24477 posts) -
it sucks at first but you get used to it, make sure you have comfy shoes and hope you find a way to stay busy in your job, that way time flies I had to do a lot of standing when I did fast food, and I did a lot of double shifts with no breaks because they kept putting my replacement on the clock for months even though he never showed up to work and I kept reporting it, I'd done countless 16 hour shifts and it really wore me out but I also had a much larger paychecks, and I'd work 10 hour stretches at the grocery store which wasn't just standing constantly but also lifting and a lot of squatting for lower shelf stocking, that really wears the legs out IMO waiting tables at a casino is easily a much better job to have, had a friend that did that years back and got a lot of tips each night even when things were slow, sure the standing might suck but hopefully what you make helps you ignore that
#26 Posted by Pittfan666 (8534 posts) -
I would be more concerned about blowing my paycheck at the casino.
#27 Posted by airshocker (30392 posts) -

I've stood for longer than that. Get good shoes. If you can wear sneakers I would get New Balances. If not, you need you get good custom insoles.

#28 Posted by CHOASXIII (14628 posts) -

I do that for 10 hours every day at work, it's not hard once you get past the first week or so. Also get good shoes with gel insoles or something.

#29 Posted by the_bi99man (11054 posts) -

It is inhuman to force someone to stand in a single place for that amount of time. Walking is fine, but standing causes an inordinate amount of stress on the legs and especially the knees. Suggestions I can give (from almost three years security experience): 1. Pay top-dollar for a good pair of walking shoes. New Balance 928 are the best I have owned. 2. Stretch your legs and back before work, periodically during and after once you get home. 3. Try to walk as much as you can. Remaining standing for periods of time over 30 minutes, will cause you to become restless, and start shifting your weight from one leg to the other, not only looking unprofessional, but increasing pressure on your joints. 4. Use NSAID analgesics such as ibuprofin (100-200 mg) if you find pain levels becoming intolerable. I can't tell you how much of a wondrous addition to my world it has been.Zeviander

This guy got it.