935 days ago
What’s your background and your current job?
I joined Unilever in 1976 at the tender age of 16, working as an office assistant in the wage department at Lever House in Port Sunlight on the Wirral. I moved to Buildings and Maintenance a couple of years later where I stayed for 23 years before joining the Moves Management Team where I still work as a labourer. I transferred under TUPE from Unilever to Sodexo in 2013.
Tell us about a typical day for you.
There are two of us and our main job is to set up meeting rooms in whatever layouts are needed – such as theatre-style with rows of seats. We might do up to four a day or sometimes just one, depending on what’s needed. We also help with office moves, moving cupboards and other furniture as well as people’s personal belongings.
What do you like about your job?
Being out and about, not stuck in one place all the time. You get to meet and speak to lots of different people every day, so there is plenty of variety. It’s never mundane.
Do you need any particular qualities to be good at your job?
You have to be hands-on, able to deal with the physical side of things as there’s a lot of lifting and carrying to be done. You also need to be flexible and adaptable. There are times when people need things turning round really quickly or they take you off your guard and want you to jump through hoops. You just have to bite your tongue and deal with it.
What are the challenges?
Stairs! Carrying big and heavy things up and down stairs can be really difficult. Also making people aware of the practicalities. For example, if someone wants a desk moving to a place where there are no power points they might have to think again.
What gives you job satisfaction?
When people say thank you and genuinely appreciate what we have done.
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