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…
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