For ten colleagues at Forfar Asda, every day is a chance to spend quality time with their Mum - working side by side in store.
While Mother’s Day is usually an opportunity to spend a bit more time with Mum, Forfar staff have spoken about the “privilege” of working alongside family.
When Taylor Whyte joined the opening team of Asda Forfar in 2011, she never thought it would lead to the store being a family business with her mum Jill, brother Reece and sister Jordan joining the Asda family across the years.
Both Jill and Reece are checkout operators and although Jill may be in charge at home, it was Taylor running the checkouts. Jill said: “It was strange being told what to do by my daughter”.
Taylor is currently on a leave of absence travelling around Australia.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Jill said: “I feel privileged to work with my family as we are all very close. Our washing line is always filled with green tops so Asda always has a place in our home.
“My youngest daughter Evan will be looking for a job soon and we hope she will come and join as at Asda Forfar.”
Dawn Shaw was also part of the initial team in 2011 and currently works in the George department. Her daughter Cheryce joined her mum in 2012 and works in Customer Services and between them have 11 years’ experience.
Dawn, who is George section leader ,said: “Although we work in different departments, it’s lovely to see Cheryce on a daily basis. It’s made us closer than ever and although we love working for Asda we try to not talk about work at home. “We are both off on Mother’s Day, which we are looking forward to spending with our family.”
Pam McVeigh and daughter Linda McVeigh joined Asda Forfar when the store opened in 2011, with daughter Jill beginning in 2014. Although Linda is now only a seasonal member of staff, all three work in the bakery, working closely together.
Pam said: “It’s lovely to be able to work with the girls on a day to day basis. We tend to only ask how each other’s day was and leave the work talk at that. I’m off this Mother’s Day which I’ll be spending with family. Only Jill is working but she might bring me some cupcakes if I’m lucky.”
Calum Munro was originally a temporary member of Christmas staff in 2012 and has since worked his way up to become a section leader. His mum Trisha Munro joined the store in 2014, helping customers on the Customer Service Desk.
Calum, Ambient section leader, said: “It’s great to see mum at work and to see her helping customers. It feels normal to work in the same place as the store is like a big family.”
Wendy Jamieson joined the Forfar family in 2012 and works in Produce as the section leader. Her daughter Jessica Daun also works in the store as a fresh colleague, joining her mum in 2014.
Wendy said: “I was thrilled when Jessica joined the team as it means I get to see her a lot more than if we didn’t work together. On the occasion I look after the fresh team I try to treat Jessica as another colleague and not show favouritism. Luckily I am not working this Mother’s Day and I’m sure Jessica will spoil me.”
Store Manager, Graham Mackenzie, commented: “It’s lovely to see such great family relationships blossom into friendships here at Asda Forfar. They inspire everyone here to work hard as a team. We are thrilled they are being recognised for the great jobs they have done over the years.”