Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sharing an office

As you may know, I recently acquired a new job title, and with that came a new office. An office shared with three other women, so there's four of us total. We all get along exceptionally well, or at least I get along with everyone and they get along with me. I can't say much about them getting along with each other. We eat lunch together every day (usually in the office, since we're too busy to go out) and we share stories like it's going out of style. Seriously, I've been here for three weeks and I know more about these ladies than any of the nurses I worked with before. I don't hate it.

Sure sharing an office has awesome perks as mentioned above, but sometimes it isn't so great. Here's why:

1. You can't let 'er rip. Don't even say you never pass gas (mom) because we all do it. Some less than others, some more. But it's pretty common courtesy not to do it in such an enclosed setting, where people will probably give you side eyes. So now every time I gotta relieve some pressure I have to excuse myself to the bathroom or find a reason to go out of the office.

2. People aren't always going to get along. As I hinted at before, two of the ladies in the office aren't exactly best buds if you know what I mean. Sure, they never argue and aren't rude to each other, but they never go out of their way to be nice to each other. I have been assured, that it won't be too long before I see them "getting in to it." Apparently it's a common occurence. I just want no part in it.

3. You will get talked about. So maybe this is more true than with women than men, but as soon as someone walks out of our office, somebody has something to say about them. Don't get me wrong, it's not always a mean comment, but comments are definitely made. Makes me not want to take as many restroom breaks.

4. Its difficult to take selfies (real important issue here). Having a front facing camera helps, but when your supervisor's desk is behind yours, she can see your phone screen. So you've gotta be discreet, or wait until you're alone in the office.

As you can see, I've gotten pretty good at it.
Now don't go getting your panties in a wad thinking this is all I do at work. Because I do a lot, but there are only specific things I can do. I work in admissions, if we don't have anyone admitting, I don't have work. Or if the referring facility hasn't sent paperwork, I don't have work. It can get pretty tedious waiting around.

5. I can't think of a #5. But I am a weirdo and I like my lists in incraments of 5. I don't have a previous office job that I can compare this job to, but so far I am loving it. I love the hours, my co-workers, and the work that I do.

Do you have to share an office? What do you like/dislike about it?

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Tami said...

I constantly complain about how small my desk is, but at least we're all kind of in one big room instead of an enclosed office. I don't know if I could deal!

Alex[andra] said...

Number 3 was a big one when I worked at a larger office. Now that I'm at a small office and I'm the youngest one here (by a good twenty years) that doesn't happen. I miss working with people my own age but I don't miss the drama.

Jackie said...

Everyone is up in other's business in small offices. I used to work in a small office with a grand total of 8 people. Only 2 had actual offices, the rest of use were in like a big room with our own desks. I hated that there was no privacy to do anything at all. It was at that job where I learned how to make my text messages NOT to show up on my screen because there were plenty of peeping-toms!

Jay T said...

I work in a really small office, there are three of us in here. The other two have their own actual offices but I'm in the reception area (don't call me a receptionist. I'm an ASSISTANT). I love working in a small office! There's no drama and everything is pretty low key, which is rare. I LOVE it.

brooke lyn said...

girl fight! girl fight! i wanna see some claws and you better get video when they go at it ;)

Autumn @ The Unreal Life said...

I share an office and hate when people jump into phone conversations you're having. Like "oh is she asking about hdiwhfe?" Stay on your side of the office. She called me, I will answer.

Laura Darling said...

I have a cubicle, which isn't glamorous at all but actually isn't that bad. But YES, the comments about people. Constant. I work in the social work field and it's 99 percent women and OH MY, do they have some opinions! :)

Rachel said...

haha! My issue is I hate when it's DEAD silent so I always want someone to make some sort of noise. Also, chewing when it's quiet makes me nervous. I'm always thinking "Do these people think my chewing is annoying?"

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