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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Job, New Desk, New Ghost

I was recently promoted (!!!) to an internal communications position with my company, and I am in the midst of learning so much about quality, safety, security, environmental and health for contracting (whew, that's a mouthful). But I really love it. I'm busy all the time, so by the time you read this (a scheduled post), I'll be busy busy busy in the middle of my new job!

The best thing about my new job is that it comes with an office. My own office. My own tiny, cold, potentially haunted office. But, because I've never had my own office with my own door that I can close, it looks like the most beautiful office in the world to me.

In my other job, I worked in one big office with my three (sometimes four) officemates, including my boss. We all worked pretty well together because everyone was considerate about food/loud music/personal conversations, but it did cause some overlap in our daily lives. For instance, when I would answer a phone call and get dragged into a long conversation, my boss might step in and ask me who I was talking to, or ask me to ask the caller to call him instead. Equally, if someone asked me specifically to do a task, he might ask me to ask the caller to direct all duties to him (my boss), and he would assign it out. Sometimes that would be the most efficient way, but sometimes it made me feel a little micromanaged. Overall, he kept out of our business, but being mere inches from your boss's desk is bound to create work overlap.

My new boss is several doors down. I immediately tried to revert back to my old ways, and told my new boss what I was working on or why I didn't answer my phone, and he just stared at me for a few seconds and then said, "Okay..." Translation? "I don't care, do your own work." So, big change.

My new office is also freshly decorated (the desk, at least) with my new Rocket Raccoon bobblehead my husband got me (love the movie!), and a little T-Rex figure that I've had for years. Add a few photos of my wedding (our first kiss, one with my bridesmaids and one with my parents), and I feel right at home.

Now to deal with that pesky ghost... more on that later!


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