Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Two Month Review

Interesting how workplace drama begins to unfold once you've been at a new job for a while.

Here are a few of the characters in my office:

LazyGuy. He delegates work that he (as the lawyer) should be doing (like drafting discovery) to non-lawyer support staff. He managed to get several of his cases transferred to me...cases he's had in his possession for four months but had not yet even read the case file. Oh, and he strolls in around 9:30 each morning and leaves between 3:30 and 4:30. Nice.

CandyMonster. This is the guy who sticks his hand into the candy jar located on the reception desk about 20 times a day. The candy jar is filled by those who generously buy candy with their own money, and include mostly secretaries (note: those who have the lowest salary in the office). I've filled the jar a couple of times too. CandyMonster? No, he's never brought in anything to contribute to the candy jar. He just takes.

DeceptiveReceptionist. Our receptionist is deceptive in appearance only. He is in his 30's. His head is shaved bald. He has tattoos on his neck and arms. He is a rather stout fellow and I was a little afraid of him at first. But it is deceptive. He is soft spoken and polite and patient and a good guy. He says "Hello, Miss Betsy" when I arrive in the morning. He jokes good naturedly with the guy who delivers the mail each day. He has a 10 year old daughter I hear him talking to softly and sweetly on the telephone. Looks can be deceiving!

NeedyGirl. Young secretary who seems to crave constant attention. She'll pop into my office to tell me how she's unhappy with her body and feeling overweight. All 5'0" and 97 pounds of her. Or how she SO would love a cup of coffee but she's given up $5 name brand coffee. Um. Ok. Sorry, babe.

CoolLady. Secretary in her 50's who has a big ole crush on A-dam L amb.ert (from Amer. Idol). Pictures of him are taped all over her cubicle! She's spunky and cool and funny and I enjoy life when she's around.

My boss is pretty nice and easygoing. I stay busy, work hard and try not to worry too much about what's going on around me. If I keep doing that, I figure I'll rise to the surface pretty quickly in that office. It's just interesting to sit in my office and watch so many things play out in the hallway. I notice them, make a mental note (you never know when or how information will come in handy down the road) and go back to work.

And btw, they still don't know I'm pregnant. And I still don't know how I'm going to tell them. But when I do, I want them to think: "Really? Wow, she never whined or complained or needed special attention...she just worked hard and stayed focused."

At least that's what I hope they'll think.


tireegal68 said...

What a great post! I laughed out loud at CandyMonster. Wow -people are just plain idiosyncratic all the world over aren't they?
I think it would be fun to do that for my workplace - except at least one of my colleagues has seen my blog so I would have to go under cover to do it!
Your attitude to work is similar to mine - well to workplace "politics" anyway.
I bet they will all be shocked when you tell them and will say all those nice things about how self effacing you are and how you didn't expect special treatment, etc etc.
I think you should do a call out to your blog fans for ideas about ways to tell your boss and your co-workers that you are preggers. You wouldn't have to follow our advice but it would make for great reading and a few chuckles!!!:)

Mad Hatter said...

Oh I can so relate! I am up to here with office politics at the moment! I am afraid, too, that sometimes I appear to be lazy because I sometimes show up at 9:30 and leave a little early in my efforts to reduce my stress (the funny part is I take a 20-minute lunch while everyone else will sit in the kitchen for an hour and a half!!). The nice part for you is that this is temporary! How long will your maternity leave be, by the way?

IVF 40+ said...

I lmao!! What a funny post.

I love the fact that no-one knows. Lazy guy will go into a fit when he realizes that you will be out on maternity leave and he might actually have to do something

wow 14 weeks. wild babe, just wild.

NoodleGirl said...

Hee hee, funny! I work from home full-time and I form my own opinions on my co-workers, but it's all based on phone calls and IMs! But don't we all have a LazyGuy...

you're so smart to just put your head down and work like a busy bee. When you decide to break the news about the pregnancy, people will realize you're a rock star!

anofferingoflove said...

i love your characterizations of your coworkers! funny how universal some of them are - i definitely work with lazyguy and candymonster too! :)

when are you planning to spill the beans at work? im guessing their reactions will be exactly as you describe. when i told my coworkers at 18 weeks, they were all shocked.

Anonymous said...

#1 sounds like 3/4 of all the people I worked with when I was working there. :P

cindyhoo2 said...

Your workplace sounds like a great place for people-watching. I had to laugh at your descriptions. Does your work not have that one person who is always rushing around overwhelmed with very little productivity?

As for telling, I think it would be fun to wait until they notice. (Of course your boss might like a heads up soon though-- if you are passed your 90 day trial period)

stillhopeful said...

Ha! So funny!

I might be seen as LazyGirl, as I get in around 9:30, too, and I only live 10 minutes away! But I work out in the morning, and that is sacred to me! Plus, I'm always logged back in at night, so I do plenty of work all day.

Kudos for still being able to hide the pregnancy at 17 weeks!! I don't think I could have. I told my boss at 13 weeks, and still could have hidden it, but shortly after I went all in with the maternity tops and then everyone knew I was worried about the reaction when I told, and was very pleasantly surprised, so I hope you are, too!!

just me, dawn said...

great descriptions, glad the job is going well.can't wait to hear how they react :) I bet they will be fine!

Anonymous said...

oh, every place i've worked at has had a candy monster... and they never ever get the hint to top up the jar themselves (and believe me, we gave them lots of hints). Not sure if they are really stupid or just really selfish.


Anonymous said...

Great post! You make it sound so fun, like you're on safari!

I suppose I wouldn't tell unless you felt you needed to, and probably Lazy Guy will be annoyed, but everyone else will be happy.