Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Lucky Number Thirteen!

Thirteen years ago today, I nervously walked into a new building, a new company, a new job.

It was January 27th, 1997. Boy Oneder was one day from being 7 months old and I was starting a whole new career. Up until two weeks before Boy Oneder was born, I was a legal secretary. I worked for some of the meanest, most horrible lawyers that Ontario has to offer and I was sick of the stress. One month before I was due to go back to work after maternity leave, my boss transferred me to the downtown Toronto office, knowing full well that I would not go. So, I had a new baby and a mortgage and Hubster and I decided that I would quit my job and find something else.

A dear friend of my Mom's who is like an Aunt to me worked for a payroll services company and said that they had openings in their entry level department. I would work 4 days a week for half the pay I made as a legal secretary, but the company had real career-advancing opportunity, so I applied. Although I had no payroll experience, the manager of the department took a leap of faith and hired me.

I loved that job. I spoke with so many people every day and created really good relationships with my clients. I stayed in that department for about 18 months and then applied for a promotion. The job I applied for was a customer service role, working with bigger and more complex clients. These clients entered their own payroll and my job was to troubleshoot and assist them as they needed me. Again, I loved that job and the people I worked with.

I got pregnant with Middleman and took nine months for maternity leave and was thrilled when I came back to a room that they had created just for me so that I could pump my breastmilk several times a day. Because of this, I was able to keep Middleman on breastmilk until he was 18 months old!!

I applied for another promotion in 2001 and became a trainer. Again, I LOVED my clients on our payroll/HR products. I loved the freedom of doing my own thing in the classroom and loved joking and chatting with the clients.

In 2003, our company created a new department...the inside sales department. I took a cut in pay to take this position because I thought it would be exciting to be a part of a new department. After a year of very successful sales, I was promoted to Team Leader. Once again, I loved my job. I had 12 people reporting to me...12 fantastic people. Management was alot of fun. After Joanne died, my priorities changed and so did my role. To make a long story short, I was no longer loving my job. I knew that I wanted to stay with the company, but I also knew it was time for me to leave the inside sales department.

In August, 2006, I started in the position that I am currently in, working with clients who are converting from one of our products to another, and more recently, implementing new clients. Two weeks after I started in this position, I found out I was pregnant with Threepeat. I was SO scared to tell my new manager...after all, I had JUST started in my position. Of course, my fears were completely unfounded and my manager at the time was thrilled for me. I worked hard to get myself up to speed as quickly as I could and had several accounts under my belt before I went on maternity leave in March, 2007. I went back to work early, in January, 2008 and have loved almost every moment since. I work from home and love, love, LOVE my job...on most days.

The company that I work for is phenomenal. I am so, so richly blessed in working for this company and hope that this will be where I am when it's time to retire!

So, thank you to a great company...thank you for being so wonderful to me for 13 years. Here's to another 13 great years!! Pin It


Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

God Bless Dawn that is wonderful. It is so hard to find a great company to work for these days. Especially one that you can honestly call a "home." And it's wonderful to see you appreciate all you have. Here's to many more years!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

You are an inspiration!!! I strive to one day have a job where I can write the same things you just did; I can't right now, but I'm trying to get on that path!

By the way, how jealous am I of your extended maternity leave? We just don't have options like that in the U.S.

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