At the start of the year Edmonds & Slatter bid farewell to its longest standing employee, Linda Smith, as she retired from the independent opticians after 30 years’ service. Linda will be familiar to many patients having worked for the award winning opticians right from the start.
Edmonds & Slatter was founded in March 1986 and Linda began her optical career working alongside the original founders, John Edmonds the Optometrist and Karyn Slatter the Dispensing Optician, as a part time receptionist.
During her time with Edmonds & Slatter Linda has seen many changes in the optical industry and in the medical rules and regulations that are commonplace today. She worked in almost every role the business had to offer covering tasks from booking appointments, banking, processing invoices, clinic preparation, fitting and adjusting spectacles and the all-important brewing of the tea and coffee!
Linda’s job description changed over the years from Receptionist, to Optical Assistant, to Group Administration Manager and finally ending as Assistant Manager in the Lutterworth practice, this being the third branch alongside those in Blaby and Glenfield.
Linda commented “As a company we have always had great fun at our social events. One of the things I will miss is the laughs with all the staff.” She continued, “I have always maintained that you work as a team. Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.”
The other thing Linda will miss greatly about her job is the fantastic patients. Linda said “It’s great to get to know your patients and build a rapport with them, they become your friends and it’s wonderful to say I worked with so many like that.”
For a great part of Linda’s time at Edmonds & Slatter she worked alongside Joanne Benfield, Dispensing Optician and Manager of the Lutterworth practice. Joanne is the second longest serving member of staff at Edmonds & Slatter having recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the independent opticians.
Joanne commented “I met Linda for the first time 25 years ago when I joined Edmonds & Slatter and will miss her cheerful presence and chatter in the workplace.” With Linda now retired, this makes Joanne the new longest-serving employee at Edmonds & Slatter. She is going to have a good attempt at beating Linda’s long standing service record – only another six years to go!