What better way to get a feel for GAB and its GABBERs than an insight into what happens in a day here.
For the first in a series of many, we’ll be seeing what a day could look like for Sam Fraser, GAB Operations Manager.”
“My alarm goes off at 6am but I almost ALWAYS have to hit the snooze button, so at 6.08am I finally drag myself up and start the process of getting myself and my 11-year old son, Noah, up.
Once I’ve got showered and dressed, I’ll go and make some breakfast for Noah, feed the kitten and make my (not-so) overnight oats to take into work. Whilst the child and the kitten feast away, I’ll then prep my lunch and layer on as much mascara as my remaining time allows me!
I then rush out of the door carrying my lunch bag, handbag, Noah’s kit bag and potentially a swim bag, food tech bag and probably a coat or two whilst also trying to prevent the kitten from escaping….watching in jealousy as Noah casually saunters to the car with only his school bag and not a care in the world!
Once he’s been dropped off at his bus stop, I’ll drive into the GAB office in Manchester for 8am, and then my working day starts.
My first port of call is a cup of coffee! Always. Hot and strong with a couple of sugars, ready to set me up for the next part of my day.
Most of the time I’ll start by going through my emails from the evening before and that morning and catching up on everything. This will usually include an overview of the teams’ figures from the day before, running through account updates and any key bookings that have come in overnight.
I’ll then have a quick catch up with each team, running through updates, results and key actions and having some one to one time with individuals. We’ll come up with action plans for the next couple of weeks, including menu focusses, proactive mailers and key agents to speak to.
A couple of hours of working on Canva to design said mailer and it’s time for a conference call with one of our clients who we work with on both third party sales and marketing. This is a chance for both sides to run through the latest monthly figures, feedback and look ahead so we can scope out priorities and actions. It’s good to keep in contact with all clients as much as possible to ensure we’re all on the same page.
After a very quick bite to eat (nicely prepped this morning!) it’s time to have a couple of our monthly one-to-ones with some of the GAB Sales Team. I’ll then have a quick catch up with Charli, GAB MD, and Naomi, our Office Manager, on all things invoicing and tracking to make sure that the financing and admin side of things is all on track, before jumping in my car at 4pm and reverting to mummy mode!
After collecting Noah on route home it’s time to pour a large vino, make dinner, attempt to help with the homework (I secretly have to relearn myself each time) and if I’m lucky have a quick go on the cross trainer for as long as my body will allow!
Bedtime for me is never later than 10pm as I am a huge sleep monster and if I don’t sleep, I am a super grump and no one wants that…
Setting my alarm for 6am again, in the hope of an easy 6.08am get up, and to start it all again!”