It’s Wednesday morning; ‘humpday’ some people call it. The middle of the week, where the next weekend can seem as distant as the last one if you’re stuck in a job you don’t like. I’m so glad I’m not one of those people! Luckily, I work at Punch! as a junior marketing executive, so when I wake up in the morning I look forward to going to work.
A Junior Marketing Executive’s Morning
Firstly, we’re based in the centre of town and have a discounted membership deal with our local gym, Anytime Fitness. This gives me half an hour to workout and energise myself for the day ahead.
Then, it’s a quick shower in the gym before changing into my suit and heading into work. The kitchen on our floor means I can sit down for breakfast before I head into the office at 08:45.
At Punch!, we split ourselves into three teams within the office. This is to help us work together, motivate each other and look out for one another in the office. One of my team has already made a round of drinks; I love finding a cup of tea waiting for me on my desk.
I’ve been a junior marketing executive at Punch! now for 6 months and have been working on projects with clients across a variety of business sectors.
I’m on a new project this morning, so I spend the first few hours with the training and account managers. This helps us all get to grips with an exciting new client.
We run role-plays on how our conversation with prospects might go, and work with each other on how best to approach the project. Then I get in front of my computer and for the rest of the morning I’m fully focused on achieving my targets.
At 10.30, the directors announce the date of our next quarterly staff party taking place at a secret location along with a series of clues. Judging from past events, this could be absolutely anything. We’ve previously been to a London cabaret show, a safari adventure and hi-tech team building at Legoland. As we break for lunch, there’s a real buzz in the office about what it might be.
An Afternoon in the Office
Working in the middle of a busy town centre means there’s always enough time to nip to the shops, the bank or to run any important errands. Then we all meet up to have lunch in a local café and discuss our plans for the weekend, or try to guess at what the secret staff event will involve.
In the afternoon, I’m scheduled on a project that I’ve been working on for a few months now. Results so far have been very good and my team manager gives some positive feedback after I get an appointment. He also gives a few useful pointers that are going to help me develop my skill set even further.
At 3.30, we play our monthly incentive game, which helps foster an atmosphere of healthy competition in the office. This month, it’s our own version of Guess Who.
We have several pictures of famous people on a board, but their faces are covered with squares of paper. With every result you get to remove a square and take a guess at who the celebrity might be. The quicker you get the answer; the more points you receive.
My team are in the lead (we can get quite competitive as the prizes are pretty good!) and my team manager excels at getting us all motivated to win each month.
It’s also somebody’s birthday today and (as always) the Directors have bought them a cake and we’ve signed a card. It’s one of the reasons why a lot of people here don’t mind if they work on their birthday. We have afternoon tea with cake and then the management announce the ‘Star of the Week’.
This is the junior marketing executive who we all think has gone the extra mile for the business. Last week I got the award for achieving my target on two very different projects. This week, another member of my team has scooped the prize, she’s a hard worker and has had 100% attendance since the start of the year, so it’s well deserved.
The End of the Day
At 5 o’clock I log on to Perkbox, our company bonus scheme. I book some half price cinema tickets for myself and a few friends to see a film that evening. We also reserve a table at a nearby restaurant where Perkbox gets us ‘buy one get one free’ on the main menu.
Before the end of the day, we catch up over a team meeting. My team manager will update us on how we’ve been doing during the day (along with little things to keep us energetic and motivated) and once a week we have a meeting where they will go through any important company news and usually finish with a game. Today, that happened to be a movie soundtrack quiz which I won (naturally!), one of the answers was ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, which is also pretty much what happened to the chocolate bar I won.
At the end of the day we log our results, and take stock of what we’ve achieved today, ready to come in tomorrow and have an even better day.