First work day blues

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

The 'S' Factor

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty." - Voltaire

A LOT'S been happening to me these days that dispel boredom (according to Voltaire) and the need to earn a few more dollars for home.

For whatever reason and whatever it's worth, I'm excited to face these challenges.


Let me share something with you.

It’s been 15 days since I started cleaning rooms in a hotel and doing errands.

It is physically demanding work but I do use my brain since housekeeping also entails some common sense and intelligence.

It's actually a part-time job and despite the objections of my husband Ronnie, I continue because the hotel is just a two-minute ride from home and I also wanted to experience how to work with the Americans.

Besides, earning some dollars doesn't hurt.

I've never done this much cleaning before in my life.

I remember working in the judiciary, teaching, selling insurance and caskets, and working in media back home in Cagayan de Oro City.

Cleaning is really something new for me.

At first, I thought it was easy because I did clean the family home under my mother's training.

Boy, was I wrong. It's not as glamorous as Jennifer Lopez made it appear in “Maid In Manhattan.”

My glorified job description is room attendant/maid.

As room attendant/maid, I'm tasked with cleaning the rooms in the hotel.

For brevity, I call myself an RA. Thank God for vacuum cleaners, they help make cleaning carpets and floors easier.

I can only shudder when thinking how I'd fare if I only use brooms. Or worse, a toothbrush.

I also change bed linens and bathroom towels, take out the trash, and clean all bathroom surfaces, including tubs, sinks, and showers.

Room attendants also dust and polish furniture and mop dirty floors.

They re-stock complimentary toiletries in the bathroom and other hotel-provided amenities as well.

Room attendants are also responsible for inspecting hotel rooms for safety hazards or broken items and reporting these to maintenance.

When I locate lost items, I must report them to a supervisor as well.

I can share you a lot of stories about my work experience, just wait in the days ahead.

My first day at work after a day’s training was a disaster.

Not only did I end the day with my hands red and itchy but my feet and arms weren't moving anymore when I reached home.

I slept eight straight hours and when I woke up I didn’t know if it was another work day ahead. Thanks for the alarm that woke me up.

I clean 13 rooms for seven hours a day and an additional four rooms when there are walk-in guests. Never mind how much I receive per hour, that's not the topic here.

With this in mind, I would tell you my experiences in each of the tasks I mentioned in my new blog.

At the end of every work day I'm reminded of Zig Ziglar who said that the “happiest people I know are those who are busy working toward specific objectives. The most bored and miserable people I know are those who are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind.”

Before I shared this story with you and other stories in the coming days, I resolved to be kind to all room attendants I come across and make their work a little more bearable by placing all towels, wash cloths, face towels, and whatnot in designated places.

I'd also dispose of all used cups, complimentary shampoo, lotion, and conditioner bottles in the garbage bin.

If I happen to drink some complimentary coffee or tea, I'd make sure to dispose of the plastic cups as well.

I'd promise that to myself as well as to you, I would throw in a few housekeeping tips as well.

For now, bye and see you soon.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 10, 2014.


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