I work in gastronomy in a rather small restaurant. The co-worker I spend most of my work-day around has become more and more apathetic over the past few months. It was a very gradual change, so I am uncertain if it has to do with a specific event.
I generally enjoy my job and try to be in a good mood, both for the sake of the customers and for myself, but when I'm constantly confronted with my co-worker, who seems like really does not care at all for what he is doing, it bothers me greatly.
I have thought quite a bit about possible solutions, and here is what I have come up so far, with possible caveats:
This is the approach I have gone with so far, but it's really not working out for me in the long run. I know that the work attitude of my co-workers is technically none of my business, but it is the absolute negative highlight of my job, every single day.
Get a different job
The town where I live in doesn't have any other restaurants. I don't own a car, and my income isn't enough to afford the continuous expenses of a car (fuel, repairs, insurance, etc.).
Public transport could be an option if there is no other way, but the bus stops every two hours in our town, which is less-than-optimal.
And furthermore, I like my job. Yes, the payment is bad, but I genuinely enjoy doing what I am doing. I would hate to change my job.
Talk to him about it
Not necessarily in a "Hey, your attitude is bothering me!"-way, but more in a "I noticed you're not really enjoying your job. Is there something on your mind?"-way. I'm split on this approach. On one hand, I feel like talking about it could be a way to identify potential issues. On the other hand, he could interpret it as me putting my nose into his private life.
Talk to our boss about it
It's a problem I have with my job, and talking to our boss about it could help. Or it could make things way, way worse. Like talking to my co-worker about it, just dialed up to eleven.
Is there any possible solution I am missing?