The answer is YES, btw.
So I am coming up to another full week in my new job while working out the last of my notice at my retail job. There has been a lot of adjusting to my new career (in a good way) and I have noticed some differences between the two industries and the two environments.
- Snacks. I can’t snack as much as I do already, because I will be very unhealthy. I am already unhealthy, but the benefit of being on your feet all day in retail and walking ALL DAY means you burn off so much. You are constantly on the move, and your 10,000 steps is usually in the bag by mid afternoon without having to try. In the office, you are sitting down for most of the day, unless you get up to go to the printer, get a coffee, pop to the loo, or go and get lunch. I have the Activity app on my Apple Watch that tells me to stand every half hour, and it’s only coming into play now. I am finding that walking to work there and back closes my Exercise ring, and the Move Goal closes alright, but it’s the stand one. Now I get why they put this on the app. I am also struggling to do 10,000 steps a day now, so I will have to find an alternative longer way home, or horror of horrors, go for a run after work.
- The dynamic. On the shop floor it is like you are on a stage. You can’t get into the nitty gritty of conversations, you have to watch what you say, and you have to maintain a customer voice at all times. However, in the office, as it isn’t customer facing (but still talking to customers on the phone from time to time) you really can get into a conversation while tapping away at your keyboard. Plus because I work for a beauty salon it’s not uncommon to see a video being show of skin tags being layered off. Yummers.
- Fashion. This also may differ office to office and shop to shop but I now can dress a bit more comfortably, wear proper shoes, and not have to worry about wearing makeup if I don’t feel like it. Being retail means makeup, clean, tidy, and fashionable clothing, and sometimes heels (puke). Some mornings when you feel like crap you still have to doll yourself up to look acceptable for the general public but somehow manage to look worse (under eye bags for real). Whereas if I am feeling a bit crap, a big jumper, comfy shoes and hair shoved up is fine.
- Food. Again. I can have my lunch WHENEVER I WANT. I don’t have to wait for someone to get back from their break, I don’t have someone telling me I am 1 minute late (true story). This is good for a hungry girl like me.
- I don’t have to tell anyone I am going to the bathroom. Enough said.
- Mental Health – Both jobs can have the opportunities to have stressful situations. The intensity of a busy shop floor can have an effect on stress levels and anxiety. You are pulled every which way by customers, other staff, management, you name it. In the office, the stress lies with workload and time. I have to make sure I plan out everything in advance to make sure my job is done and everything keeps running smoothly.
- I will miss the camaraderie of staff working together to get through a busy day. I will miss the awesome customers and talking to people from all walks of life. I am happy to be now in a job that utilises my skills in a different way while still helping women feel good about themselves.
- So far in my new job, I have not found any ‘soiled’ garments discarded around the workplace. But that’s a story for another day.
Retail will always have a special place in my life as it’s been the place where I have grown up, climbed the ladder, and made friends for life. I have had the pleasure of working with many great people, and hiring people who have gone on to shine bright in the company. I will miss it a lot, but am excited for my next career!
Next week I will be publishing a blog on stories from retail! Please let me know if you have any great stories, and keep it to a sentence as I will be putting them into bullet points! I am looking forward to sharing my own and other’s stories about this crazy and fun industry.
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