Employment milestone for Connie McHarg
GYMPIE woman Connie McHarg is the very definition of loyalty, having recently reached the impressive milestone of 40 years with the Madill Motor Group.
In an era of high employee turnover and frequent career changes, Mrs McHarg celebrated her 40 big years with her Gympie employer by attending a special dinner on the coast.
The prized employee was taken by Madill Motor Group's John Madill and other company representatives to Tin Can Bay's Black Cockatoo restaurant.
"It was a lovely dinner," Mrs McHarg said. "I really enjoyed it."
The long-term employee first started her career as a receptionist with the Madill Motor Group in 1968 after leaving school.
A small break to start a family (two boys) saw Mrs McHarg take time off before returning in 1973. She has been there diligently ever since.
"A lot has changed over that time," she said.
In particular, the models of cars have been a source of constant change. Even today, the constantly evolving technology and innovations continue to mould the outlook of the humble car.
"With everything changing, it has been a constant learning curve, but that kept things interesting," Mrs McHarg said.
Mrs McHarg first started her career with Madills Holden before switching to Madills Mazda four years ago.
"I was keen for a change and it was different," she said.
During the early days of her career, Madills Holden was located where the Telstra Shop stands today. Back then, a service station was also nearby.
As Gympie witnessed twice earlier this year, the location is prone to flooding.
"The cars had to be moved out but it was well-organised," Mrs McHarg said.
"They had a great flood plan, it was very efficient."
Meanwhile, the Madill Motor Group employee enjoys the contact she has with the business' many customers.
"Buying a car is one of life's biggest purchases," she said.
"I enjoy being a point of contact and providing quality service."
It's not just the customers Mrs McHarg enjoys. Her colleagues have been the source of many fond memories and lasting friendships.
"I enjoy the people - mateship and friends," she said.
"I keep in touch with many who have left the company over the years."