The Corporate World is A Mess: 10 Things I Learned in My First Year of Office Work.

Last year, I landed my first full time job working in an office 9-5…

(and by 5, I mean 6). I’m a just over 2 months from reaching my 1-year anniversary with this company, and over the last 10 months or so, I’ve learned a lot about working behind the desk of the corporate world.

Now that I’ve got a good feel for what it’s like to work in an office (in my company at least) I’d like to share a list of 10 things I’ve learned from working here.

10 things I’ve learned in 10 months at my office 9-5.

  1. Working 40 hours a week in an office is exhausting. (I sit all day, I go home feeling like I ran a marathon)
  2. Sitting at a desk for 9 hours a day makes it harder to stay in good shape. (Oddly enough, that “just ran a marathon” feeling shows back up every time I try to work out or do any physical activity).
  3. 100% is not good enough. (Please insert 110% to continue).
  4. Building good relationships with your superiors is a really good way to get ahead. (Free lunch, yes please!)
  5. If you don’t sell your soul to your job, you will be one of a select few odd men out, and it will make your life harder. (Get in the corporate box or GTFO).
  6. The quality of your superiors’ leadership skills will make a huge difference in how you feel at work, how much work you want to do, and how much you argue with your boss. (I full heartedly disagree with everything you say).
  7. Companies don’t really care about their employees. They pretend to care to try to keep their employees happy so that productivity stays up. But ultimately, the only thing they really care about is their bottom line, and when shit hits the fan, you’ll learn that real quick. (Ask me how I know).
  8. If you squeak loud enough, eventually your concerns might be addressed. (Note: squeaking loudly in front of the right person is key).
  9. Working at an office will suck the life force right out of some people. If you notice this happening, it may be time to consider other options.
  10. When you have a job that pays the bills, offers decent benefits, and let’s you get away with pretty much anything (because of how much they like the fact that you’re good at what you do and they can still pay you shit), it’s really hard to leave, even when you know it’s the best thing for you.

Bonus Lesson: If you have goals that you want to accomplish career wise, talk about them as often as you can to whoever will listen. One day, one of those people might stumble across an opportunity, and they just might remember you, and send that opportunity your way.

I hope this list wasn’t to cynical. I’ve clearly been scorned by the office 9-5. But I haven’t lost all hope. I’m not proud of the company I work for, but I know that there are good companies out there and “paying your dues” is just a thing you have to do sometimes. Just don’t let yourself get stuck where you are. Work hard. Earn your experience, and when the time is right, move on. You have bigger and better things to do 🙂

11 thoughts on “The Corporate World is A Mess: 10 Things I Learned in My First Year of Office Work.

  1. The Problem is, there are good employers and good employees, but usually they rarely meet and the bad employees go to the good employers, which make the good employer cynical, and the good employees go to the bad employer which make them cynical (and tired).
    And it goes round and round. Also the bigger the company, the more likely you are to find the wrong people in leadership or senior roles, and when something goes wrong they protect themselves by passing the buck.

    1. Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:15 pmDay 3 as a manager collects, receives and ditanmiesses information. When evaluating potential employers, applicants want to work. WEEDING OUT THE WACKOS. {||||

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