September 14, 2016

Office Life As Explained by Your Favorite Movies & TV Shows

Navigating the work place can be a tough thing to do if you've never worked in an office. Here are some tips and what you can expect when living that work life.

Know when to keep your cool and bitch when you get home.

You are always going to run into situations that are less than ideal. And you seriously will want to rip your eyes out sometimes. Don't freak out. Nothing looks worse than someone who cracks under pressure. Do what I do. Act cool, calm and collected, and then completely loose your shit in the car ride home or complain to your spouse. Or really, anyone willing to listen.

Always look your best. First impressions are everything.

No one is going to take you seriously if you look like you just rolled out of bed. Why would they care to develop an employee who clearly looks like they don't care about themselves or their job enough to put on a shirt without stains. Now, I am the first person to tell you that you don't need to spend hours on your appearance every morning. I mean, I don't even wear make up on a regular basis. But look like you actually put some thought into your outfit. Maybe through on some lip gloss. Look like you at least "tried".

Be a genuinely nice person. Or at least pretend to be.

People will see right through a fake exterior if you are really bad at being pleasant. The best way to be a trusted co worker and someone people think of when it comes time for a promotion, just be a genuine person! Say hello to people as they walk by. Smile, instead of looking like a stressed out basket case. Ask people how they are, and actually mean it. We have a VP at my company that uses LinkedIn to keep track of everyone's birthdays, and ALWAYS sends out a mass e-mail to wish people a happy birthday. It's something so small, but the gesture is always remembered.

Always report inappropriate behavior to HR.

I hate that people look at HR as the police. That's not what HR is. HR is meant to organize a successful work environment so everyone enjoys their job. If there is something inappropriate or unethical going on in your department, you have a right and responsibility to speak up to someone. Don't want to go to HR? Go to a trusted member of management. You should NEVER EVER be retaliated against for being a whistleblower. In fact, there are laws protecting you for that very purpose.

There will always be that person you can't stand.

The reality of the work place is there are a lot of different types of personalities. And that's what makes a great company great. Diversity. However, it also means you ARE going to run into people you just simply don't get along with for one reason or another. Always be the bigger person. Trust me on this one. I've worked with a couple really difficult co-workers. Be direct and to the point in your communication, and always try to be inclusive, even if you really don't want to be. Your positive attitude will make their negative attitude stick out more to management. The problems will always work themselves out with those types of people.

Friday is the best day of the week.

I don't care how much you love your job. Everyone is always happy when Friday rolls around. And if it's a long weekend coming up, forget it! Nothing is getting done on Friday. Friday's are my favorite because we have casual Fridays. I'm sorry, but I'm just way more comfortable in jeans than dress pants. I feel so much more like myself.

But most importantly, always remember...

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