For those of you that don’t know, I started a new job last week, wahoo! It’s been weird adjusting to a new office, a new set of people and even driving to and from work now that my job is quite literally in a field 2 miles from anywhere… anyway! I thought it would be fun to write a post about those moments that everyone has during the beginning stages of a new job, we’ve all been there so lets poke some fun at the mostly embarrassing moments we can all relate to.
01. Being introduced to a 100 new people and forgetting every single one of their names.
You know what it’s like when you start a new job, you’re introduced to everyone and their nan. I suck at remembering names, so I have to take it slow! I’ve managed to remember the 3 people immediately next to me but beyond that I have no hope!
02. Going for that first office poo.
I think the only plus side to working in an almost entirely male environment, is that bathroom time has minimal opportunity for interruption. We’ve all been there, you’re in the middle of a poo and someone comes in to use the toilet and you’re weighing up the options whether to stay in there till the person leaves and they clearly know you are having a dump. Or stopping mid-way and mentally scheduling poop round 2 for 30 minutes later. Oh and don’t get me started on the ‘does my poop smell?’ ‘Can they smell anything from the next cubicle’ problem.
03. Eating peoples birthday treats when you don’t even know who they are.
I’ve only been in my new job for 2 weeks now, but in that time there has been birthday cupcakes, random treats and someone leaving…all of which I have no idea who it is provided them. I like treats, but I also feel proper cheeky about eating them when I’m a new person in the office!
04. Figuring out the ‘tea round’ situation.
This has to be general office etiquette? No-where seems to have office mugs, probably because of all the office politics over who washing them up, or should I say…who doesn’t. But we all spend the first few days in a new job figuring out the cuppa situation. It’s very much a make your own or visit the coffee machine situation at this place, which makes me happy!
05. Joining into a random conversation for the first time.
I’m one of those people who are deadly silent when I start a new job. I like to listen in to the groups and conversations and work out who I think I’ll get along with. I like to weigh up who I’d have something in common with or who has a similar sense of humour. Then comes that glorious opportunity to force yourself into a conversation you’ve tactfully picked and before you know it, you’re bantering along with the best of them.
06. Working out the office hours schedule.
The clocking-in system where I work is incredibly confusing. Like it’s taken me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out how it works but I think I’ve finally nailed it. All of you strict office hour people think yourself lucky you don’t sit there for at least 10 minutes a day wondering if you’ve clocked enough time up to go home yet…
07. Making your first friend and sticking to them like glue.
I was lucky enough to have my induction with a lovely girl called Emma and I’ve basically stuck to her like glue since! (Sorry Emma!). It’s always crucial in a new job to make a friend, I mean, who else can you spend your entire lunch hour talking to about all the embarrassing things that happen or bitching about the things you don’t understand. No work day is complete without a good old moan.
08. Experiencing your first truly embarrassing moment.
We all have that one moment where we want the ground to open up for us and to be never seen again and mine came pretty soon after joining. I’d nipped to the bathroom one morning and looked at myself in the mirror to see I had 2 HUGE brown marks on my nose from the hot chocolate i’d drank HOURS ago. So everyone just let me walk around looking like an actual brown noser (lol) and looking like an idiot. This is why you need to make a friend, so they got your back in these situations!
09. Spelling or re-saying my name to everyone I’m introduced to.
This is for the peeps who have difficult names to spell or generally more ‘unique names’ but you’ll feel me when you have to repeat your name a few times to every new person you meet or correct them when they still get it wrong. It’s a struggle, but we’ll get there, one ‘R’ at a time….
I’ve actually really been enjoying a fresh new start, being in a job for 4 years and almost standing still in my career… I’m really relishing a change of scenery. It’s exciting to meet new people, add something more to your CV and generally give life a shake up.
Have you experienced any of these things at a new work place? Did I miss anything glaringly obvious? Let me know in the comments below and remember to give my blog a follow on Twitter and Bloglovin so you can keep up to date with all my shenanigans.