Felicia Chin had trouble fitting in at a part-time job because of her enthusiasm

The actress recounted about a workplace in the past and reflected on how she could have handled the situation better

Actress Felicia Chin in green top wearing a white cap and waving at the camera
Felicia Chin’s bubbly personality didn’t sit well with her previous colleagues at her part-time job. (Photo: Instagram/iamfeliciachin)

Local actress Felicia Chin, Yahoo Singapore readers' most-searched female Singapore celebrity for 2022, has captivated many with her bubbly and vivacious personality.

Case in point, when she lost out on the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award during Star Awards 2021, she told local media that she was thinking about mee pok because she was hungry.

So perhaps it will come as a surprise to know that not everyone appreciated that positivity and enthusiasm.

The 38-year-old, who left Mediacorp for the faith-based platform Hai Hao Ma in 2022, took to Instagram on Monday (22 May ) to recount a working experience in her teens that left her upset.

In response to a question on whether she had encountered a situation where she didn’t fit in at work, the actress replied in the affirmative.

She shared, “When I was around 17 or 18, I was working at a local fashion brand to earn some pocket money. The pay was about $3.50 to $4 per hour.

“[And] it seemed like the other retail assistants didn’t want to talk to me because I’m someone who is more positive and enthusiastic. So whenever a customer enters, I’ll cheerfully greet them and specifically ask what they’re looking for and if they needed more assistance.”

According to Chin, her personality was in stark contrast to the other retail assistants who she described as “chill and laid back”.

“At that time, it felt like they didn’t want to talk to me and it was quite sad,” she said.

Chin explained that she believed a boss would want their employee to be enthusiastic and jovial.

How she would approach such a situation now

However, looking back at the incident, she said she would have talked to her female colleagues to find out if she was doing something that was causing them discomfort and to find a compromise.

Chin added, “Of course, there are different scenarios and some people might need some time to warm up [to others] or need their own space.

“So if you want to reach out [to your colleagues], as long as you have tried your best and are coming from a place of care and concern, then it’s okay if they still need their space - as long as it doesn’t affect the work.

“Communication and understanding one another are especially important and it’s something we’re still learning about, myself included.”

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