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Meanwhile, in the office...

Two weeks into my new job, and I have to say (poaching McD's slogan for this): I'm lovin' it! Really lovin' it, actually. Apart from the commute (over an hour each way), there's nothing I don't like about it.

First, there's my boss, who treats me like a human being, actively seeks and seems to value my opinion, and gives me free reign. He'll give me a broad outline of what needs to be done, but he'll leave it up to me to decide when and how, and supports me in those decisions. He's so far removed from Jobsworth in his attitude to managing people, it's unreal.

Secondly, there's the job itself. It's a responsible one, with real content, and varied. I have to come at it from different angles all the time, using all my brainpower (what little I have of it), and use all my people skills, and that's something I really enjoy doing.

My colleagues all are nice enough, but very hardworking, too - you'll never hear a peep out of them while they're at their desks. That suits me fine, as I tend to be a bit of a work horse myself, but it's different to what I've experienced before. We were always chattering away at hp, or at my previous job. And I can't get used to the "we'll all congregate to the middle of the floor and munch on our home-made sarnies for half an hour starting from noon"-type of lunchbreak they've got going. I want to go out and stretch my legs, especially now that the days are getting sunnier. And so I do; I don't care if they think me unsociable in that respect. Not that anyone's said anything to that effect yet...but I can almost hear them think it.

This week, our European manager came to visit. He set the tone quite early on, by tripping over his own feet in reception and falling flat on his face, with all of us looking on in shock and embarrassment and some of us trying desperately not to laugh.

Later that day, he poured himself a coffee, turned around and walked straight into a glass partition. He said he was okay, and lucky he still had his carrier case with him...and then he stripped and changed his clothes right there where everyone could see him! And him, not cast in the mould of Aidan Turner or Richard Armitage or any other fit celebrity of choice!

So it was with something of a sigh of relief that we said goodbye to him, only to have to say hello to him again a few hours later, as his plane had broken down and his flight was delayed for 10 or 12 hours.



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Apr. 15th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
oh-em-gee! that manager sounds like a Monty Python reject.
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
I swear to God, I've never seen anything like it, and I hope I never will again.

And my manger and I, we had to take this guy out to lunch, too. Can you believe how nervous we were? And with good reason - a kitchen fire broke out within 5 minutes of us ordering, and all they could do us was sandwiches instead...the guy is a jinx, I'm telling you!

Edited at 2011-04-15 04:59 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Glass wall and fire? That is too hilarious.

I'm so glad you're happy in your job!

One word of unsolicited advice. If you're interested in parlaying this into full-time work after the contract ends, suck it up and have lunch with everyone most of the time. This is a company where being perceived as a team player counts. And don't kid yourself that it won't come up as an issue when they evaluate you, whether they point it out explicitly or not. It becomes part of your narrative, so to speak.

You can always go for walks after you get a full time gig there. :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sound advice - I'll take it. And who knows, maybe when the temperatures really start to soar, I'll be able to persuade a few of them to join me outside!
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I was going to second the comment above. You really must have lunch with everyone else. Especially as you are only on a very short contract - you need to play the social game a bit and suck it up. If you don't they may decide you're not a team player.

I don't and never have played the political game at work. It's a mistake. I've seen people rise in the ranks not because they were good but because they were socialising with the seniors. Don't make the mistake of dismissing the importance of the communal luncheon.
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I won't. I may not hold with office politics, but I do understand their importance. I've only gone out a couple of times now; I won't go out at all from now on.
Apr. 15th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
The job sounds fabulous - especially the manager who gives you space and then backs your judgement. Dreamy.

European manager, otoh, sounds like he should be quarantined for the safety of everyone around him. I wonder if he thinks everyone's life is like that? *g*
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
European manager joined the company only 2 months ago...I don't suppose they gave him the job because they felt sorry for him for being such a klutz, but having seen him in action, it's hard to come up with a better reason.
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying it - so much better than a job you hate going in to.
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I've been given this opportunity...though I fear that I may be spoilt for any other work environment after this gig ends.
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
As your friend said above... it sounds like the regional manager is right out of Monty Python! At least he's amusing and silly rather than cold and evil.

I'm so happy your job is a good one, with nice people and a nice atmosphere.
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
And I hope your new job will be as good for you as mine is for me!
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I am so pleased that your new job is working out so well. HURRAY!!!
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
I swear, I'm like the cat that got the cream right now. Yay!
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Glad the new job is working out well :)
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad that your new workplace is so much better than the last one and you're enjoying your workload.
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
In truth, though I had a difficult start at my last job, I did come to enjoy it for the most part...which is why I was devastated when The Biatch took it away out of spite.

But I do feel like I've landed on my feet with this gig, and I'm going to do all I can to convince and persuade them that I'd be a definite asset to the company before my current contract is up. There's not much chance of an extention, but I'm definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open.
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad it's all going so well for you.
Apr. 16th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
So am I -- the first couple of weeks in a new job are always characterised by uncertainty (can I do this? will I like the people I have to work with? will they like me?) to some extent, but I'm glad that this time, that uncertainty had pretty much gone by the end of the first week.
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