They’re young. They are beautiful. They are polite. They are smiling. All the time. They are professional. They are envied. They are the least talked in town. They are everywhere but they are the least photographed. If they go to the beach, it is before you, early in the day, because later on they have to be at their post for you. They are called Yannis, Alexandra, Giwrgos, Thanasis, Maria, Nikos, Nasos and many other Greek names. Yes, they are mostly greek (even if they are called Oleg), but not only. They are the Mykonos work force. The Mykonos unsung heroes. They are the people you have seen on my Instagram and the people you will see a lot more on my blog. I had heard a lot about them, but not from them. So I interviewed several of them and I am clarifying here all the myths about the Mykonos work force, the Mykonos unsung heroes.
10 MYTHS ABOUT THE MYKONOS WORK FORCE
They have no vacation for 5 months. – TRUE
No day off. From late April to early October, it is nonstop. Not a single night/day off. Unless you are sick and you’d better not be.
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They have the chance to party at the best party place on earth. – FALSE
They have the chance, but they don’t. Most of them get off at 1am or even later. If you want to be on top of game the next day, you cannot party, says Yannis from Scorpios. It is a lot of hours on your feet and you cannot afford to be dead or hangover. Of course once in a while they will scroll down to Chora for a drink or a late cup at Thalami. Remember they are young. Still it is the exception, not the rule.
They take it easy during the winter. – TRUE
not all of them, but most of them. They definitely take some time off when they leave the island to rest after a super hectic summer. They do travel a lot during their months off. Usually abroad. To people they became friends with during the summer. “But to girls”, says Alexandra at Super Paradise, “it is tricky to go to guys, they might get the wrong idea and I just want to visit the place and see them as friends”.
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Lucky ones with free accommodation at the most expensive island on earth. – FALSE
If only. Some of them have to find accommodation on their own. This is a huge challenge. If it is tough for you to find a place that makes sense moneywise for 3 days, imagine for them for 5 months! Often the employers charge for the accommodation, in the range of 200euro per month. Others like Nammos, they have constructed dedicated facilities for the personnel. Everywhere they live from 2 to 5 in a room. They do not meet much, since they work different shifts. The facilities tend to be in the middle of nowhere. It is cute to sleep on the upper bunkbed, says Maria, like you are a kid again. Or the army, for some.
They make a lot of money in a short period of time. – TRUE
Not everybody, but the ones that work 15 hours or more. If you work hard, then you will earn accordingly. The Mykonos work wages are higher than the rest of Greece and the tips make the huge difference. But you have to manage to stay at the top of your game for 16 hours per day everyday from 5 months!
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They are Mykonos royalty, the doors are open for them. – FALSE
You’d think this is the case, but not. “Although we send people to clubs, bars, restaurants”, says Thanasis, “when we go, we might have to pay everything or even not let in, since it is too busy and they reserve the space for the foreigners”. Nevertheless when they go out, they hang out at bars where friends work, so often the drinks are offered. They do the same when they come to them.
They are always professional and they seem happy. – TRUE
Trust me, they are. Nobody complains for the work load. They always have a huge smile and they do their best to meet our needs. They say the best for their employers, they stand behind their decision to work in such intense decisions. Nasos from Kuzina says it’s fair, what you give and what you get.
They get a lot of action, if you know what I mean. – FALSE
Actually they get a lot of flirting. Men, women, hit on them regardless of gender. The power of money make the clients thinks that they can buy you, says Nikos. “but it is not like that, we are not interested but in working during work hours and even later, things can get complicated. It is not a good practice to get involved with people who stay at the hotel or frequent the bar. We always alert the manager if things get out of hand, but mostly we manage to turn them down politely”.
Mykonos is a resume/CV builder. – TRUE
Everybody worldwide knows the quality of service offered on the island and the hardship conditions of the Mykonos work force. Some people go as far as claiming that they would work for free at X beach bar, in order to get the credential on their work experience. OK I have not met any and I hope the employers here do not take advantage of this.
They have it easy because they work at expensive places. – FALSE
The opposite. Rich people can be rude, cold, demanding, arrogant, disrespectful. But we always remain polite, professional, humble, smiley. “Not everybody says, thank you or please, not everybody smiles”, says Dimitris, “check it out for yourself when they come and order drinks.”
I will keep talking to you and I hope you will keep talking to me. I want to show all your faces and tell all your stories about Mykonos work. Send me a message on Instagram or facebook. Already you can see a lot more of these amazing people here at my post about the drinks and the people behind them.