The most feared day in everyone’s job came today; the first day. Absolutely exhausted didn’t help either as I was awake since 11:30pm due to my crazy sleeping patterns. However I got to work at about 8:20, waited in the car because there was a bunch of people I didn’t know stood outside the front door smoking. I hate meeting new people, always feeling like an outsider in every job I start is definitely not something I enjoy.
However my friend Michelle got there soon after so I walked to the building with her. Meeting her was pretty f’n great as we hadn’t missed a beat, I literally haven’t seen her for about six years and only then it was briefly. We went to school together and chat some times on Facebook but that’s about it.
As soon as we got to the front door everyone was pretty awesome and polite, introducing themselves and our manager Lee arrived minutes later. To begin with we did very little because we didn’t have our own machines so after Lee and his assistant sales manager Mike did what they needed to do they showed us a bit of the systems and whatnot.
Instantly we were having a laugh and I didn’t feel like an outsider at all. Quiet to begin the day is normal but within an hour we were laughing and joking. It was like I had worked there for years. Soon enough we were taking a few calls, the calls were just people enquiring about products, buying products or asking where their products are. Very simple.
Was a bit quiet today and not surprising as it’s winter so everyone isn’t rushing out to go camping. I’m told during the summer it gets a bit hectic. Me and the manager Lee hit it off straight away though. I told him about previous interviews I had where I was in front of five people getting grilled from all sides and he said he hates people like that, they just do it to make you seem small and to feel better about themselves. He said he knew within the first 5 minutes that he wanted me working for him. He said some people that came in, he just wrote “NO!” on his interview sheet the moment he saw them.
Much of the day was spent looking out of the window, looking at McDonald’s, KFC and Costa Coffee taunting me. I didn’t take any food to work for the simple fact that I knew I wouldn’t be hungry, I never am when I’m tired. But Michelle and the others convinced me to have something and Shell gave me some of her sandwiches.
The work place is SO very different to what I’ve experienced in the past. Everyone at Tribal were morbid fuckers that didn’t want to have a laugh, here, it’s the complete opposite. Laughing, joking, swearing, running around the office… And that was just the manager! “What’s the point of coming to work if you can’t have fun?” he said. Too right.
He said he was glad he hired me as we now had some muscle, no one was going to mess with our department now haha.
The thing that put the biggest smile on my face was when we were given the new starter forms. Basically you put your details on there and at the top is the “Salary Per Annum” section that the manager fills in. When I applied for the job it said it was National Minimum Wage which is basically £12,500 a year. Not great but it was a start. I was sat next to him, handed him the form, he looked at it and said, “How much were you getting before?”
“Hmm okay… How about this for now until we get you trained up and set on past the three months?”
He showed me the sheet, “£15,000 per year.”
I was absolutely delighted. I laughed and asked him if he was serious, he was. I said it was perfect. Then on our cigarette break he was telling me there was plenty of room for progression and I’ll probably end up being an area manager after five years, probably not. But hey. It was nice to hear.
Probably the best manager I’ve ever had, he’s just having fun all the time and putting his team in a great mood. When he was talking to one of the local stores in Chesterfield in a Russian accent pretending he was a guy named Sergei after car insurance I nearly died.
Safe to say today was a brilliant day, everyone is on my wavelength which is a first. The job, while I barely know what I’m doing systems wise, I know I can pick it up easily and I think I’ll be amazing at this job. It’s the first time I’ve actually thought, “I can do this job and do it really well.”
They bought new computers in especially for us new starters aswell, got it half set up at the moment and before long I’ll be back to having two monitors again. Huzzah!
So glad I picked this over Toyota.