Here's another blog entry of a deep dish thing about my working life as my dearest manager Queena decided to resign and it was recently that our colleague Ayah and I get to take chance of the farewell gathering with her after being through the tough scheduling since February. I've already mentioned once about what Queena is like and how honoured I really felt when she was the one manager who picked me to join in the RMK team of Selfridges. I feel so honoured not only the moment she decided to hire me, and also the day 1 starting myself at the counter.
How I survived in the cruel side of reality?
In every job I've worked for, I always have the belief in paying everyone the basic respect and friendship may be the thing that never exist in an all women working environment, why? Simply bitchiness would become part of an individual's conscience and genes (without a word of exaggeration), but working with Queena, Angie and Ayah never gave me one bit of "reality" and all 3 of them changed the person I am.
First Impression of Queena
Queena was promoted to be the counter manager after she's been working for RMK for 2 years, and it is a very obvious impression that she was one of Top salesperson in the beauty department of our store and it takes real deep dish experiences to get to the stage where she can become the manager that deserves everyone's respect, but there must be some odd ones out that will give her a hard time.
I remember one of the very first questions being asked by Queena during the interview for my job position was "Will you ever fight with your colleagues over a customer?" and "Do you gossip about your colleagues"-Although some of those answers might be too good to be true, or it's definitely somehow the typical impression of "self-selling" on how you handle emotion crisis, and these 2 questions were certainly unexpected from other job interviews... to be fair at the end of this, NO ONE in the world would want to work with ANYONE that is super selfish with no sense of loyalty to who they work for?!
First impression of Queena: she wants a peaceful working environment!
Getting to know QueenaThis part is hard to describe in words as getting to know someone takes time and experience to make it complete. I can experience getting to know Queena was the honor to be encountered in my resume if I can write my CV into a deep dish and also being part of a memory in my life and my heart.
Queena is 2 years older than me, married and worked for RMK for 4 years and got promoted as our counter manager within 2 years she worked at the counter-this showed ALOT of quality about her. It's true that it meant she's one of the highest ranking sales to stand out to others on what she achieved, but personality counts into what her strengths are to make herself a great leader to our counter. Queena, as a manager she's been, she's someone who's managing the counter with efforts to the maximum, defending the best interests of staff of the counter and to lead and train us into how we can build a characteristic to suit what RMK is looking in about the staff. As a friend outside work, Queena is sentimental and makes me valued-a connection I see definitely between a Pisces and Scorpio. Please click on this article to read about the starsigns of types and styles of managers and it's definitely accurate about Queena leads our RMK counter.
Some memorable experience with Queena:I think it was only my 2nd or 3rd month working at RMK, there was a staff nomination for different awards for different characters of employee, Queena asked me for a favour to nominate her to be the Top Salesperson as an entry for her, though she was only asking and made it very clear that she ONLY wants a genuine nomination that it shouldn't be an unvoluntary/unwilling one to be done, I've done the favour without hesitation all because she's the manager who deserves my respect and treated with an opened genuine heart. To all my readers/viewers: Within a working environment full of women (which means bitchiness), it is almost impossible to read someone's heart who will be the genuine people that will never backstab you or who may be people that u always should stay alert of what they might do to you next. I understand it will be a hard decision between earning the trust from someone and on someone when work place is the place where u will witness the cruel side of reality painfully, but with experience we will all learn who to trust, and I have a strong belief that Queena will earn the trust of everyone everywhere she goes.
One of the memories that I didn't blog about or had pictures of was on the training with how to use Dusty Bright Eyes at Birmingham with Angie and Queena, and having the hot pot in Han Dynasty. I remembered it was the first time that I felt I have been looked after by Queena when I called my boyfriend to meet at the train station when I reached Manchester, however in the end, Queena decided to ask her husband to drive me home on the way as my boyfriend didn't turn up at the train station in the end. Though my boyfriend in the end explained that he fell asleep on the sofa and missed out my messages, Queena really touched my heart on her decision to make sure I will be safe home.
Here's some of the pictures on memories with Queena recently:
Enough raving about Queena I guess, but what happened?- You all changed me:
At the moment, it might seemed like I am getting abit arrogant on how everyone should like me or acknowledge me, but I hope at the end of it all, most of you will soon tell me "Ronnie, people you met at your last job changed you in a better person!" Why would I say it this way? Let me tell you all, before I met Queena, Angie and Ayah, I used to be the type of person who used to think I was the only one who wasn't appreciated when I proved that I changed to be a better person whether to please someone or to shut someone up in general?! I am also the type of person that's too vulnerable to take in criticisms but somehow, ever since I met the RMK staff, I learnt to take criticisms to be the "extra money" being paid into the pocket much easier instead of a hard way, especially every word that's been said... that's because I finally found a different way of showing how much I care about my job and I clearly proved to everyone at the counter this is the point that I want everyone to keep me...
By Queena, I was acknowledged by my dressing sense at work and the team work I demonstrated which were both very important achievements I always wanted and unexpectedly, Queena also raved about my dressing sense to the head office.
Because of Queena, the interview questions being asked and the experience working with her, Angie and Ayah changed me throughout. All 3 of them changed me into the person becoming a fan of RMK to suit the concept of the brand and remembering one of the statement made by Queena during my interview, "It's important that anyone who works here will put RMK first", because of these words being said and guidelines given by them to me, I finally learnt to put RMK first as my favourite brand. And of course, because of RMK is now my favourite brand, the place where I met Queena, Angie and Ayah changed me into the type of person who will put the 3 of them first to work as a team together.
Lastly, Queena, thank you for being someone who shows me full acceptance even when there are times I do act so self-centered and aggressively rough.