Stress!! I knew that working for a mega global corporation would be a lot tougher than being a classroom clown… but I don’t think I’ve ever worked somewhere that is so intense. Everyone is very friendly at my company, but also very focused on work and very concerned with deadlines. Today I had to kill a 50-page beast that someone dropped on my desk, and it was perhaps one of the most boring things I have ever read in my life. The document itself was heavy dread, but I still have to admit, I am getting a big kick out of working for such a snazzy company.
However, there are some strange things about my office. Firstly, nobody actually shows up at 8.30 when the office opens. I would say 75% of the people arrive around 9 am, or even later. Today my manager breezed in at 9.25! Then, everyone pushes the 1-hour lunch to an hour and a half, often leaving at 12.30 and coming back at 2 pm. Then to make things worse, everyone works late! This makes no sense to me… what a waste of time! I don’t care what everyone else is doing — I am coming to work on time, taking one hour for lunch, and finishing my work on time so I can get the hell out at 5.30 and get my tail home.
Work aside… I am really glad to see people have been commenting on my blog, especially when I get comments from random strangers! It is nice to know someone out there is enjoying what I write. Unfortunately I may not be able to post for a few days. Tomorrow I have to meet the agent and get ready for the move to the new apartment, because I have to check out of here on Friday morning. Then on the weekend I have to settle in, and get some things for my new home. Hopefully I can filch some internet connection from an unsuspecting neighbour and get connected over the weekend.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the week!
2 thoughts on “The real world”
Oh you’ll get used to the lunch hours here. Hong Kong lunch breaks are like the Borg. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
Oh my goodness it is the same thing here! They take forever and then stay late. I feel guilty when I charge out at 4:31 every day.
How is everything? Life is good here—no complaints. Will update you when stuff actually happens.