“IKEA” of East Palo Alto

Over the course of a period of time that exceeded a year, I had the opportunity to land a job and work for a company that will forever remain a fond experience for me.  I was down to my last unemployment check June of 2010  and had no clue how I was going to survive.

Well, fate dealt me a hand that would forever shape my life.  I got a call to be interviewed by a local company that is actually a worldwide company called IKEA.   Though it is in the community I live in I had no idea what IKEA was, nor did I get what the “big” thing was about this home furnishing company.

I remember where I was mentally when I heard the words “hired”, and upon hearing them I was taken to a warehouse where I would be working.  All I can say about that moment in time is that I looked up to the sky and said, “God, if this is where you want me to be, then so be it”.

My job title was Logistics Co-Worker and that meant I had to learn how to drive a forklift.  In addition to that, I had to pull and stock shelves with the IKEA products that customers purchased to remodel their kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc…

Well, in the beginning, my out-of-shape body was thrown in a state of shock, for I had not exercised in I couldn’t tell you when.  Those first few weeks I wondered how I was going to survive, but eventually I grew accustomed to the physical aspects of my job.  Pretty soon my clothes where bagging up on me — pants falling off, shirts too big.  Yup, I started dropping weight because I was doing something that I should have been doing all along — walking!  LOL

So, I suppose I am documenting this experience to pay homage to a great place to work.  The co-workers and management at the IKEA store in East Palo Alto taught me the true meaning of workmanship.   When I needed encouragement as I learned to drive the forklift, I got it from every department in that store — especially from my fellow co-workers in Full Serve and Replenishment.

It is with great pride that I say I worked beside, and for, a great team of individuals, and the reason I know how great my former coworkers were is by the great financial accomplishments the East Palo Alto store yielded.  Each and every co-worker and manager there had to be on the same page and have that same commitment to excellence to work under the conditions of a store’s product demand outgrowing it’s structure.  The thing is, we all did it with precision and pride — and that’s why I’ll always remember being part of this fantastic and phenomenal team.

If you or someone you know is looking for employment, I wholeheartedly recommend working for IKEA of East Palo Alto.

Being valued is priceless, and that’s what I felt once the rubber hit the road.

Too my former family I say, well done…

IKEA of East Palo Alto Link:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/east_palo_alto

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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