I have now been part of the technical team for about a month and feel I have settled well into the role here at Plastribution. Not that it has been difficult to settle in as the whole company has been very welcoming and the inductions have been quite thorough.
Despite the odd challenge with my early days at Plastribution, like having to move house at the same time as starting my new role, things have gone much more smoothly than expected. This could be partly to do with the atmosphere within the Plastribution office. Everyone seems to be happy, at least for the vast majority of the time; it’s almost disconcerting!
The attitude within the office is all very positive. I have seen the sales teams rally and sell stock in what could very easily be high stress situations, with smiles on their faces and congratulatory emails flying around. I’ve also seen team members de-stress after fairly nightmarish phone calls by having a bit of a moan and then a laugh and getting back to work in a cheery manner. It’s this general positivity that has made it much easier for me as a newcomer to ask questions and push myself out of my comfort zone as I learn within the company. Having a positive attitude and clear long and short term objectives that include both personal and company development, may be why people seem to stick around at Plastribution for so long.
There are a number of employees who have worked at the company for over 20 years; clearly this is great for Plastribution as many of the employees have a brilliant background knowledge of the industry. Personally though as someone new (especially having only recently finished university and joining a technical role) with no industry experience outside my studies, it’s very daunting as the general level of technical knowledge throughout the company is high. Though this has just been a case of adjusting from a learning environment where you are tested on knowledge to a work environment where knowledge is shared and so far everyone has been more than willing to help.
So I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped me settle in the past month and especially to my colleagues in the technical team who have borne the brunt of my questions.