I’ve been in the company for more or less 6 months and that’s considered relatively new. Two as a trainee and four months as probationary. I’m not yet sure if I will reach regularization by the end of my sixth month. But frankly I do not really give it too much thought. Not that I care less about my job but rather because I feel like I’ve been in the company for years. Say, one to two years. Curious why? Possibly because I know the people.
However to set the record straight, I am not a fresh graduate. Because at 23, it’s the usual reason people have when they’re still starting at a company. But no, I’ve been in the BPO Industry now for about four years since I’ve taken the board exam last 2010. This is my fourth company but another thing that I want to clear, no, I wasn’t hopping from one company to another. Circumstances made me either file for resignation or reluctantly look for another job. The first two were because of inevitable recession and the last one was because of my machodream last year.
But what makes this company, Intellmed Inc., distinct from my past employers is not being a call center. People outside the industry vaguely know the difference between a call center from not. When you work nocturnally with foreigners as clients, then, you will be immediately be tagged as call center agents. Not that there is negative connotation to be coined as such. However, people need to be informed that BPO industry is such a diverse field that you can grow and develop your skills with, communication skills primarily. And call centers are just one part of it.
Going back to the feeling that I’ve been with Intellmed for ages is mainly due to my familiarity to some people inside the company way even I’ve had training. I knew at least more than 5 people there before I’ve started. They were from my university. Some batchmates, others are really close friends. This helped a lot in my coping, coming from a two-month long heartache and melancholy after my failed application. Fitting in and introducing myself was not one of my concerns because of them. As a matter of fact, I’ve started joining some of their trips like climbing Mt. Manunggal with Intellpeaks when I was still a trainee. So joining in is not an issue.
Those trips were like preface of the main event. Main because this was company-wide event. Last May (Yes, I know it was months ago but I still think that this is applicable to upcoming trips and events.), our company had its annual summer party held at EGI Resort in Lapu-lapu City. I think that I could rate the venue as a 3 out of 5. I wasn’t impressed but wasn’t disappointed as well. It wasn’t the type of hotel and/or resort that has a ‘wow’ factor but it has the typical features you could expect from such edifice. There were lounges, mini slide, pools, and other amenities. So a neutral rate is more appropriate for it.
This actually happened the day before my Malapascua adventure with college barkada, so imagine how tired I was traveling from one place to another and going to work right after. But I believe in a mantra that you should never miss company outings as much as possible. Why? Here is my list. Hopefully, these reasons make you think again before ditching your next company event.
Companies have the discretion to hold a free event or not. But most outings are for free. It’s one way of saying gratitude and acknowledging hardwork of the employees. So why would you bail out on something that is free? Mind you, this usually entails free transportation, free accommodation and amenities, and free food. Did I overuse the word “free” there? Yes, because it needs to be emphasized. That, hey, all you need to do is to make yourself available at that date and bring yourself. Isn’t that easy peasy?
People have different definitions of fun. Some prefer clean. Some don’t. But whatever fun you want, I assure you there is always a program in all events. And there is always the word “Intermission Number” on it. So whether you think that the performer has bad voice or klutzy dance moves, that is still a reason to smile or even laugh. Not that you have intention to humiliate a colleague or even a friend. It is just simply because bad performances usually are the most unforgettable and the funniest. So loosen up and be giddy.
3. Meet some acquaintances and new friends.
On a personal note, I enjoy meeting new faces and talking to people. Some close friends tag me as the talkative one. But I don’t like the connotative meaning of it. I don’t do all the talking. I interact. And that, I think, is one vital reason why you should attend these events. You get to widen your pool of acquaintances and have some friends. This is not applicable to shy and aloof individuals but we all need that one person to talk to. With our problems, woes, and experiences. Who knows you’d meet that one person who can most relate to what you are going through on that event? You’d miss that chance if you’d opt to lie on your couch and finish your GOT series marathon. So what are you waiting for? Smile and strike a convo now.
4. Know your colleagues as individuals.
There is always that one workaholic person in your company who knows everything about the business processes, organizational charts, and reports. He or she is the type who you rely on with inquiries, escalations, and difficult problems. He or she is reliable that way. But most people who dedicate themselves at work don’t know some colleagues actually exist in the company. And some dedicated people are known only because of their work. So this is the high time you get to know him outside his or her desk. Remember, everyone has a story. Everyone has insights, dreams, and struggles you’ve never heard of. Know them beyond the persona they project at your workplace.
5. Introverts are very welcome to join.
Personality mostly affect a person’s decision in saying “Yes” to that company invitation. We cannot blame introverts to prefer reading a book than talking to a random colleague at the event. We cannot ostracize them for being them. However, introverts should always remember that they are more than welcome to attend these events. People would love to have that new face joining the crowd. And most often than not, the effort to join in the event is highly appreciated. Especially coming from a person who is rarely seen at parties. So, do not ever think you’d be out-of-place or be a wallflower.
6. Know your limits.
When you are having fun with your barkada, you don’t usually care what they think if you’d laugh your heart out after a couple of beers. Or if you start dancing crazily. Or if you start sharing your wildest and darkest escapades. But when you are at a company event, no matter how you’d be advised to enjoy and have fun, there is always unspoken rule that you still need to act professionally. So attending these trips and/or outings will make you learn in knowing your limits. You can learn when to stop guzzling those alcoholic beverages, what to do when you’re feeling dizzy, and how to act sober in front of your superior.
7. Excuse to dress up or dress down.
If you are the type who loves fashion, then, you can definitely relate. And you’d totally agree with me that parties are good excuse to modify what we’ve been wearing everyday. Every company has its dress code policy. Though I am a self-confessed rule breaker myself, I still can’t wear shorts and slippers at the office. And having a summer party is an amazing excuse you have to dress down. Imagine, cropped top plus short shorts plus flip flops for ladies and jersey tees plus board shorts plus slippers for the guys. Isn’t it cool to sport such casual outfit once in a while? Not really applicable to me because I’ve decided wearing a plain stretched lava red maxi skirt with left thigh-high slit as dress and an oversized shell necklace I got in Pandanon Island as accent. But you get the point, you can wear whatever you want based on themes or motifs the company have required for such event.
8. Raffle wins.
As much as I love freebies, raffle wins are always better. They always have better prizes that can vary from one company to another. On my previous workplace, they’ve given free LCD televisions, cellphones, microwave ovens, and even home theater system on the last year-end party I’ve attended. Aren’t the prizes just so awesome? Usually the mechanics include just your attendance at the event. To my dismay though, I am not really lucky with such fishbowl method. However, I will talk quick geeky probability here. I hope it’s right. Say, there are 100 people in your company. So you all get that 1% chance of winning one prize. And for example, 30 people don’t attend. So there are 70 of you who are present. That leaves you extra 0.3% added to your 1%. Not much addition but can be the reason of you having a valuable gadget and/or possession at the end of the day. Just by simply attending.
9. Excuse to take pictures. As in, PICTURES.
Nowadays if you take selfies, everyone thinks you are conceited, egoistic, and narcissistic. Though there is nothing wrong with loving yourself, you don’t want to have the notion that you only value aesthetic and appearance. But if you are somewhere at a party or company trip, taking pictures seemed to be an innate thing to do. Companies usually hire professional photographers and videographers to cover the event. Oh, did I say professional? Yes, I did because this is important. You can have your pictures taken by a pro without fee. Isn’t that wonderful? Not to mention, to be in more than 100 pictures would never be tagged as being plain vain, but rather being social. And based on my experience and observation, it is always better to have pictures taken because of other reason other than being bored and showing amour propre.
10. Definitely, my defining factor, F-O-O-D.
I love food. Everyone does. Simply thinking of my fave food makes me hungry even when I know I have just eaten. And I bet, you do the same. We all have various preferences. Like on how I like carrot walnut cake than a moist choco one. Or on how I always end up ordering baby back ribs and extra BBQ sauce at any resto that offers such dish. Or on how I am fixated to samgyeopsal and bulgogi at this specific Korean meatshop. Or on how I crave Thai curry at some random times. Forgive me for enumerating some of my faves but I just can’t help writing it down while I was tackling about food. So my only point here is who doesn’t want FREE FOOD? A reason to possibly eat one of your faves or savor another new flavor from an unknown dish that buffet has. This is definitely my main reason why I attend such events.
But if the abovementioned reasons are not enough to convince you to attend that next company event, I dunno what will. Why don’t you start by pondering what would you lose in joining such? Just having second thoughts in saying “No” in that invitation is a progress to your usual nay default.
To my workmates, see you at the next event. And to my other readers, hope you enjoy the ambiance, food and people. Thank you for reading.