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One act of kindness or care can make a huge difference.
And in Jitendra’s case, it was the camaraderie, support and care that he found at Facilities First that sparked a newfound energy and passion for his work.
“I’ve been a cleaner for 10 years, but I wasn’t even aware that there was a Cleaners Day! When I received an email from our CEO sharing that there’s a Cleaners Day, I felt so happy. That kind of support and recognition motivates me to work harder. It’s very encouraging.
I’ve never received this kind of support before from previous jobs. The Facilities First team is always helpful and I feel really valued. I can call the managers anytime and they treat everyone like it’s a family. It’s a great feeling.”
Jitendra has been working with Facilities First for five years, and it’s his attention to detail and commitment that led Facilities First to have him on board.
“I used to work with Spotless. They lost a tender and Facilities First got in. One of the managers asked me to stay back and I ended up speaking with Ben Bayot. He asked my team to stay on with Facilities First and so far, I’m really enjoying the work on offer.”
Jitendra often works night shifts and cleans a variety of sites, including banks, offices, aquatic centres, schools, universities and stadiums all across Tasmania. He’s always willing to help a colleague by covering a shift or assisting his peers. His can-do attitude always goes a long way.
But it’s the support that he receives from his team that’s second to none for Jitendra.
“The management team is always asking how we are; they really care about my wellbeing. They always want to make sure that the cleaners feel good about their work. Everyone feels at home and we’ve become a family.
The working environment is so positive. Everyone is really helpful. You can tell someone about your program and they’ll always try to help you as much as they can.
I just want to thank Facilities First for giving me such a great opportunity to work for them and I am really grateful for their help and support.”
When Jitendra isn’t cleaning, he loves watching movies, spending time with his friends and listening to music.