THE national average for time spent in a job is three years, but Hazelmere local Adam Barnett is bucking that trend by celebrating working three decades in retail this year.
Adam started his career at Coles back in 1987 at the age of 15, when the dress code was black dress trousers with white collared shirts and bow ties.
Since then, it’s not only the uniform that has changed.
“I’ve enjoyed seeing many changes during my 30 years of service, particularly the introduction of electronic scanning and registers, which replaced the manual ticketing system I used when I first started,” he said.
“Apart from that, online shopping and home deliveries have probably been the biggest change.”
Although Adam has worked across five supermarkets and held a range of roles since first starting in 1987, he still enjoys going back to his original task of collecting trolleys.
“Collecting trolleys is still my favourite task, as I get to interact with customers while doing it,” he said.
“I’ve made so many friends over the years, both workmates and customers. I love chatting to people every chance I get.”