One of the great things about working at QVC is the mix of people and jobs in the building. For those of you watching at home on your TV (or tablet, or laptop or phone) it is essentially just television you are watching, but when you work within? The building it is so much more than that.
There are buyers, planners, accountants, legal people, executives, PAs, administrators, security, canteen staff, et al.
In fact, all of the sorts of people you would find in any modern office building, and I love that. Life is so much better with variety. To have people around the building who aren’t specifically working on the television side is great. I get to hear about what they do and how their day is going, which is always very different to mine.
That’s why I keep turning up every day, because the people are varied, the job roles are all different and everyone is always so dedicated – whatever their role.
With that in mind, a producer and director that I work with regularly, James and Stacey respectively, thought it would be really fun (as well as informative) for different departments to have a go at the television side if they wanted to.
So, periodically a ‘Taste of TV’ day aside and people from all areas of the building can apply to try it out for the day. Any TV job is up for grabs for the day, whether it is directing, producing, being a studio manager, filming, presenter (the least requested and least favourite role for most people) or working in the sound department.
One such day came around recently and I was the presenter assigned to it, as we all take turns. It was such a brilliant day and only served to remind me how lucky I am to do the job that I do!
Everyone arrived early in the morning a little quiet and sheepish – it’s incredible how often people apply to come along and suddenly feel nervous on the day! James, our producer, took the lead in welcoming welcomed everyone to the day and putting them at ease.
After that we too, everyone on a tour of the studios, again, I’m always surprised at the number of people who work in the building who have never seen the studios before. Having shown everyone around and explained how everything work we assigned roles to everyone. We then repeat this three times throughout the day, so that by the end of the day before someone leaves, they will have had the opportunity to work in at least three different roles.
The whole day is so much fun. It’s all very relaxed, jovial and everybody makes mistakes we all just laugh about. Usually I laugh by telling them I don’t think I have ever worked a single day as a presenter where I haven’t made a mistake of some kind!
By the time everyone was heading home though, I realised the day is about so much more than ‘A Taste of TV’, it’s actually more of an opportunity to spend the day with your colleagues. More importantly these are people you may not necessarily know very well or even see very often, so it’s a valuable reminder that no one ever truly works alone.
Jobs only get done by teams of people working together and, as a presenter, I am constantly aware of that. We may be the only people you see hosting a show on air, but we are only there because an army of people have put in the hard work along the line.
When was the last time you thought about all of the people you work with? Maybe make it a point tomorrow at work to say hello to someone or find out what they do if you don’t already know. It really will make you appreciate your job and your place of work so much more.
Until next time,