Finally, hell week is over. This past week has been the busiest, most exhausting and emotionally challenging five weekdays I've ever had. Thank God it's Friday and that it's over. Aside from deadlines at work, I was heavily involved in two major company activities.
The first big shindig was last Tuesday's Awards night, which is an annual event organized by our department, Human Resources Organizational Development. Although it was a formal evening event, it took a whole work day away from me since we had to be at the venue from the morning onwards. I had to put some office work on hold and push deadlines back in order to accomodate this major event's schedule. During the event, we had to be on our toes as well, so BUSY was an understatement.
Bayanihan Day was another huge yearly company acitivity where groups of employees from each of the four main compounds perform to win a grand prize. This event took so much more of our time since we had to rehearse during work hours and even late into the night. It pretty much seemed like bootcamp for us newbies; we felt REQUIRED to perform as a form of initiation into the company, but it was all done in good fun. We weren't really required, but we didn't want to appear like spoil sports by not getting involved.
It was an eventful week indeed, especially for a new employee like me.
At the awards night, I rubbed elbows not just with Management, but with the creme de la creme of the company. It was an honor for me to mingle with the VIPs and equally fun to see the company's top performers grace the event looking their best. We organizers got to glam it up as well.
At the Bayanihan celebration, I got to bond with my colleagues from different offices. It also immersed me into the company's culture and familiarized me with the values the organization holds dear: team work, healthy competition, striving for success and enjoying life at the same time.
Suffice it to say, I've gained a lot from these "firsts" experiences in the company. I may be busier than I've ever been and the challenges I face may initially seem daunting, but I feel I'm in a good place. God put me here and I'm more than thankful for it.