A year of working through Covid-19: an interview with a contractor

While many businesses closed their doors last March and office workers adapted to new ways of working, those in the science sectors have continued on the frontline to keep things moving safely – including many CK contractors.

To mark the fact that is has now been one full year since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK and the country was told to stay at home, we interviewed one of our contractors who has been working as Warehouse Operative.

He gave us an insight into his role at a global pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, including what he enjoys the most about his job and how he works through daily challenges.

What is it like working as a Warehouse Operative?

I enjoy the environment in the warehouse as it is always busy, which can be challenging but is also so rewarding.

What is a typical day like for you?

Each shift starts with a group meeting known as a ‘huddle’, where the shift leader updates us on what work is to be done and assigns tasks to the relevant people. We then sanitise our equipment and workstations before we begin.

I drive a VNA forklift truck so I carry out a pre-inspection check to make sure everything is in working order, or report any concerns. Once this is complete, the stock controller will help me prioritise my workload for the evening – although this can change during the shit depending on the quantity of picking being done and how much stock replenishment is required.

How do you deal with shift work?

I find the best way to deal with shifts is through routine, so I try to keep my eating and sleeping patterns as close to a normal day as possible. This seems to work for me.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I would say it’s the people I work with who really make the job enjoyable. I am lucky enough to work with a very friendly group and every single person works hard and is always willing to help their colleagues if needed.

What is the hardest part of your job?

There isn’t one thing I’d say I find the hardest at work. Different days provide different challenges but because I work with such a great team these are easier to deal with.

How does it feel to be part of an industry that is helping to fight Covid-19?

It is good to feel like what we are doing is helping make a difference, however I find it easier to just focus on the job in front of me and doing it well. Thinking about Covid all the time both inside and outside work hours can become overwhelming.

How have you found working through an agency? Are there any benefits you have found helpful?

I cannot speak highly enough of the people I deal with at the agency, from helping me through the application process to sorting out any issues I have had, they have all been amazing. Always professional and friendly.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about your job?

This job has made such a difference in these challenging times and really helped keep some form of normality during the lockdowns through a routine.

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