Rafique Bhuiyan # 200293907
ENG-110—Critical reading and Writing II
Assignment#1, Date: February 04, 2013
Instructor: Gerry Hill
I learned what “Smata” means from Job
“Smata” is a Hebru word, I learned from my boss, which means “rug”. After Christmas and the year end break, my desk was full of dust; boss came by and asked me to give him a “Smata” to clean the desk. This happened when I was working as a manager at Puffy Fashions Inc. in 2009, in Montreal. My boss, Mickey Mendelssohn, was a Jew. He, all the time, used to come up with new words, which I understood as a Jewish way of pushing or encouraging the job done. For me, at least, he was a guy with some sense ...view middle of the document...
Twelve employees were working under Allen including me. We had to deal with different customers and courier services every day. My main job was to fill out all the forms of FedEx, Canada Post and others, and to contact with Wal-Mart through email. I was not very much sure whether I could be able to handle the job I was offered or not because I was not very good at speaking English. By the end of year 2001, I became acquainted with some workplace culture; especially, high value on teamwork, listening and sharing responsibilities with others. I had learned fast and properly. To speak with customers and others, was my bad part of daily life. Sometimes, my English and their understanding used to create misunderstanding between us. Sometimes we used to avoid the situation laughing at each other. Luckily, Quebec English was easy to understand fast. I realized that English is not their first language like mine. They do not like to speak English. Therefore, it was a comfort zone for me to start with. My first language is Bengali and theirs is French. That’s why accent was not a problem.
The month of December was the hardest month for me. Everybody was in their Christmas break except Allen and me. We had to finish our inventory before 31st of December. Last two weeks of December, We worked 8 A.M to 6 P.M. and sometimes even more. January, 2002, gave me the opportunity to invent myself – my capability towards the future goal. Allen, my manager, went to Florida for vacation for three weeks. I was fully responsible for the department in the absence of Allen. That year, I hardly made any mistakes. Mickey was happy that I was being used to the work and progressing quickly. I understood that the ability to grasp things quickly was a highly important factor for my future. Allan was making some mistakes with Wal-Mart sticker and every time corporation had to pay $1200.00 penalty. I did not know that he was under watch. His behaviour was bit uncomfortable with customers and employees. As a manager, he used to get $24 an hour and I used to get $12. The results is that everyone knows his own job very well but whenever anything goes wrong, or whenever anything is different – and things are always changing– everything collapses. So it needs to next person be aware of this situation. Allen’s next person was me. I was being notified to keep my eyes open overall on everything.
The month of February, in 2004, one terrible thing happened to me or happened to Allen. I was working back of our shipping area– far from office area– and, received a phone call in my cell phone. Allan came down middle of my conversation, he pushed me towards the boxes and I fell down. Cell phone felled apart too. Human beings are pretty independent creatures─ me too─ do not like being bossed. But most of us have to submit to authority because we have no choice. No matter how high your blood pressure and what you know need to do─ to lower it, there’s your job. May be Allen was...