observations from my new job

Whatever one may say about the red tape around here (and it is indeed very silly), this place is doing really well on the dry-erase markers. This is an honest delight. They are everywhere, in multiple colors, and they all work! Now I want a dry-erase board by my desk. Also I have a bunch of sharpies now, yay.

…Goodness! My boss said I could have some of her tea (and I brought some to share in return), but I had no idea all the stuff that was in that cabinet until just now. It’s in between our desks. In addition to lots of kinds of tea, mostly black but some green (both loose and bagged), there are also some weird old powdered drink mixes, crystal light, plastic cups, terrible plain popcorn, fiber supplements, antacids, gummy vitamins, and a lone can of beef noodle soup. I feel like my drawer is better: granola bars (somewhat crumbly), mints (from HR; a gift from our 401k company), and dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. And I keep string cheese in the office refrigerator.

This has been today’s edition of Afternoon Snax.

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10 Responses to “observations from my new job”

  1. First Gen American Says:

    I remember for a while one of the executives was Italian and had an espresso machine put in the marketing break room. If you were tight with the admin you could sneak over and grab one.

    Big corporation office jobs can be great. Cheap lunches, free hot beverages, unlimited office supplies and printing a gym onsite etc etc. I still prefer the home office though. Most of these awesome office settings are there because people work long hours. Don’t have time for a doctors appt or to pick up your dry cleaning, we’ll have one on site.

  2. chacha1 Says:

    I see job postings from some of the cutting-edge-tech companies in my area offering company cafeterias and all manner of amenities, but often as not I’ll look them up and find news articles indicating that the executive suite is on fire and therefore the job is not a good bet for long-term stability. And yes, as FGA says, often times they provide all these amenities because they expect you to be chained to your desk for 10+ hours a day!

  3. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I adore good, working, office supplies! And also a good drawer of snacks. That cabinet sounds like it could use a bit of a refresh.

  4. Leah Says:

    My current afternoon snack is the smokehouse almonds from Blue Diamond. Don’t buy store brand generic; they just aren’t as delightful.

    Also, apples. Mmmm.

  5. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    What does it mean if I had a dream about office supplies last night?

  6. undine Says:

    The day you find an uncrumbly granola bar is the day you get the Nobel Prize for physics. They don’t exist on this planet.

  7. rose Says:

    For the record: This was today’s most perfect for me read, both post and comments! Light and cheerful. I needed a ‘fast cinnamon dust on top of the froth on top of the latte’. Some days really show the importance of such confections. Thank you all!
    Also for the memories of work snack stashes.

  8. Susan Says:

    Hello Grumpies, speaking of a new job, it looks like I may interview for one soon, so here’s a somewhat urgent question: do you have suggestions for how to sharpen up my interview skills (like the chalk talk) as an already-tenured faculty? The last time I interviewed was as a postdoc, so there were plenty of coaching opportunities, but now I need to be covert. I think I’ll be ok with the talk itself, but it’s all the other soft skills … thanks for your help.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      ooh, congratulations!!

      I don’t know for sure, but I think you’ll find interviewing much easier this time around. It is a lot easier to be yourself and not worry about second guessing things.

      Can you wait until tomorrow morning for detailed advice from grumpy nation?


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