This story was told by one friend of ours who was hired by a relatively new Tuscany style winery in West Kelowna. It was shocking to hear their experience and what they went through. We are posting this information to make the public aware.
A friend of ours responded to a online ad about a professional opportunity at this Tuscany style West Kelowna winery. Here is what the ad reads:
"Winery is situated at the heart of the Okanagan’s wine growing region, on West Kelowna’s Wine Trail. We are looking for a motivated and experienced bookkeeper with 5 years of full time accounting experience. You will be responsible for full-cycle bookkeeping including AP, AR, journal entries, bank rec, GL rec, payroll, GST/PST remittance, etc.
- Hardworking and trustworthy;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Min. Five (5) years full time accounting experience required;
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent certificate required;
- Knowledge of MS office
- Proficient in Quickbooks;
- Good communication skills;
They received a phone call from the winery manager inviting for an interview. The interview went well and the job offer (bookkeeper position) arrived by e-mail. The first day started with our friend being asked to change into a sales person uniform and mop the floor of the big box winery. When they asked "Why? This is not what I applied for?" They were "soothed" with the following answer : "Everyone who works here needs to learn how the winery operates." Our friend mopped the floor, loaded/unloaded the dishwasher, wiped counters, and cleaned the public washroom. After all that labor they decided to leave indefinitely. They also mentioned the staff were unmotivated.
We choose to look at this life experience with the old saying: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. "
"Wit is the only wall between us and the dark." Mark Van Doren
Obviously there are much worse things that might happen to an accounting professional other than cleaning a public bathroom. However each one of us chooses a career path that we enjoy and sets up certain expectations. When our reasonable expectations are not met, it might seem like the world turned upside down. Temporarily.
Just imagine: you book an appointment with a dentist because you have a toothache. When you arrive to the dentist office, you get into the chair and dentist polishes/shines your shoes. You are being told this is get down to earth day and presented with a $450 bill, just like for an oral exam.
Imagine another situation: Kelowna General Hospital at 8 AM. The surgeon prepares for a surgery: changes into his robe, puts on sterile gloves, while thinking about how deep the incision need to be. The surgeon is being asked to mop the floors, as the cleaning service didn't arrive on time. Ha-ha!
The truth is: bakers bake tasty goods, cleaners clean, bookkeepers record financial transactions, dentists care for teeth/gums, surgeons operate, etc. The world goes on.
We let you make your own conclusions.