Friday 7th APR 06 11:30pm
THE FIRST 5 DAYS.
Well, i am officially back at work in the family business. The first week proved to be challenging as well as rewarding. I was given the designation of "Chief Executive Officer" or "CEO" of the company. But wait. Before you go WOW...... or WAH... or whatever sound you like to make, it's really NOT a big deal at all. In the company's management, there is still the old man, my mom and a new Assistant GM running the place. In terms of heirachy, i'am ranked fourth. There is no such title as "Assistant Assistant GM" And my mum did not want the old man to think that i am suddenly some big shot in the company so fast. The old man's direction is also for me to learn the ropes, from the bottom up, while STILL manage the day to day runnings of the company. I tell you, the old man thinks i'am some god.... able to do magic and do EVERYTHING. Anyway, as it is, the only logical other designation is "Chief Executive Officer". In my name card, my position is reflected as "Executive Officer" this title covers a wide range and facilitates me co-ordinating with clients in sales, manager level executives with our clients, a high enough position to deal with e-mail and correspondences and effect procurement. However, my status as know to the company is "Chief Executive Officer". Don't ask me why it has to be so complicated. It just IS.
So really.... "CEO" sounds big. But in my case, well..... you know the truth. The worst part is, i still DO NOT KNOW how much the old man is gonna pay me. I guess i will only know once payday comes. I DO hope that he will at least pay me an executive's pay, in line with my "appointment" which is somewhere in the SGD$2,000 - SGD$2,500 range. But one can ONLY hope.
The company is also in a big mess. The payslip system i implimented before i left 2 years ago was apparently abandoned shortly after i left. I was so angry. I spent weeks just to get the system going. and in days, it was abolished. There is no proper documentation, no proper channels for procedures, no proper stock and inventory system. The staffs do not know ANYTHING that i have asked, like where certian files are, where certian items are. NOTHING. And ALL the shit CONVINENTLY lies onto ME to clean up.
But there IS a sliver lining beyond all these dark smelly clouds. The new AGM (Assistant General Manager) clicks quite well with me, agrees and understands what i am trying to do in the company. The old staffs are also happy that i am back because they KNOW that i am someone they can relay on for promises to be kept and their needs to be heard. Hence, most of the old staffs are very supportive of whatever i do, and have also been opened to me in terms of their problems encountered and what thier complaints are.
These 5 days have really taught and shown me alot.
Looks like i have a tight ship to run.... wish me luck.
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