New Work Life

It’s my 2nd day at work today!

So far, work has been manageable for me, all thanks to my colleagues who are SUPER nice and patient!

You know how some companies don’t like to hire fresh graduates because they don’t want to go through all the trouble of teaching the new staff everything? It’s the opposite here at Quadmark, where I’m currently working at, as a temp Admin Assistant. The moment I stepped into the office for an interview, I knew this company isn’t the usual type of company you’d expect to see in Singapore.

The first time I walked into the office was for an interview. The outer facade of the building (Maxwell House) was really old and antique-looking. It looked like the type of old buildings you see near Chinatown. Contrary to my expectations, the interior of the company was very cosy-looking and very bright and new! There were art pieces hanging on the walls as I heard that the boss likes art! What a coincidence because I love art too!

For the interview, I was brought to a meeting room that had synthetic grass on the floor!! It was SOOOOO COOL omg. Who would expect to see GRASS in the office! Immediately, I knew the company was really one of a kind, really unique and really a place that I would LOVE to work at!

Thankfully, the interview went well and I got this job. I was put under the guidance of Arifah, who is a really nice and awesome lady!!!!! I REALLY MEAN IT. She’s really very nice and friendly and patient!!!!! I can’t describe how nice she is, but she’s VERY VERY nice to me and I’m very touched. As a newbie, I’m always worried that my older colleagues would find me a chore because they have to explain every single thing to me, but Arifah does a very good job at explaining, and she does it very slowly, so that I wouldn’t feel stressed out by the overload of information. I’m very thankful to have her around because she’s also very friendly, and she always asks me to follow her along to learn from her. I’ve learnt things like dealing with clients, picking up phonecalls, booking flight tickets and upgrading them to business class for the boss. Arifah also introduced me to all the colleagues at Quadmark, who are also very friendly and approachable, but I’m a little introverted so sometimes I still feel awkward with them. Arifah, on the other hand, gets along very well with everyone!

These 2 days I haven’t actually done much work, because Arifah wants to teach me things slowly, one at a time, so that I wouldn’t be too overwhelmed. SEE SHE’S SO NICE! Soe Siong from the Accounts dept too, he’s like a fatherly figure, and today he taught me how to write cheques. He’s like “Next time, when you open business, then you can write cheques!”

My boss is a workaholic. I’m truly impressed by his love for his work. He works NON-STOP. Seriously. While the staff members are having lunch and chilling together, he eats while he’s doing work and he doesn’t take a break. And usually he says “anything” when Arifah asks him what he wants for lunch. SUCH AN EASY-GOING BOSS, WHERE TO FIND!! He’s so poor thing because Arifah always buy salad for him lol… eat salad for lunch leh… so sad ><

So in short, the entire company is filled with nice people. They’re all so easy-going and cool, it’s rare to find such a good working atmosphere in Singapore, where most companies are filled with office politics and where everyone’s rushing to go off “AT THE DOT”. Here at Quadmark, I noticed that no one actually leaves early. They usually work OT although they don’t get paid for that. They work because they feel that they ought to do their job well. I guess this sense of responsibility and motivation to do work well comes from the fact that the boss gives them a lot of freedom, and provides them with the welfare needed, such as team bonding meals and other monetary benefits. Everyone is happy to work there, and in return, they do their work well and they don’t mind working longer hours. Everyone isn’t too calculative too, no one actually comes at 9am SHARP, usually the staff members would arrive a few minutes after 9am, and have their breakfast before starting on their work.

I’m very thankful to be able to have an opportunity to witness such a unique office culture. It reminds me of the Google Headquarters where everyone works hard and plays hard. I think this is one huge benefit of working in a foreign company.

Anyway, for the next 2 days, my mentor wouldn’t be coming, so I’ll be left all alone… I’m quite scared because it’s either I don’t have anything to do, or I have things to do but I don’t know how to do. I’m still stuttering when it comes to handling phone calls. Hope I’ll get the hang of it soon!

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