1. Anyone over the age of 30 still seems to face an ongoing battle with technology.
Yes, I can use Excel, as can a seven year old child and (given a few days of training and a handful of biscuits) probably my dog.
2. People are continuously surprised when you produce a good piece of work…
“You’ve only been here two months and you did all that on your own…?!!” Umm yes, that’s what you hired me for remember? At that interview designed to see if I had the right skills for the role?!
Still, everyone likes a pat on the back every now and then, so try to enjoy it!
3. You are the only person who enjoys going to meetings.
You want me to go and have a chat with real people rather than staring at spreadsheets and emails… SIGN ME UP.
Yet the ‘more experienced’ staff seem to resent the fact they are being distracted from their monotonous daily chores… bizarre!
4. You will get funny looks if you decide to scoot across the room on your chair rather than walk across to a colleagues desk…
I’m sure these chairs have wheels for a reason?!
5. Not wearing your shoes is also a no no. Walking across the room in your socks is almost as bad as scooting across on your chair.
Keeping your shoes on is a sign of professionalism in the office. Despite the fact one spent the majority of one’s childhood being told (by adults) to remove your shoes when inside…
6. It’s not important to be working 100% of the time, but it is important to appear to be working.
I’ve come to learn that most people in the office, regardless of how aggressively they enforce office etiquette, will spend the odd five minutes quietly scrolling through their news feed. Basically, if one is being quiet, not smiling, wearing shoes and not scooting around on a desk chair, the world is your oyster (I recommend Whatsapp Web App…).
7. Most importantly, you’ll notice that the majority of people (fun sponges aside) will look out for you because you’re the youngest.
For example, as a fully fledged responsible adult, a minimal expectation is that you wake up and arrive at the office on time. As the office child however, people are much more understanding about the fact it is perfectly doable to sleep through 4 alarms and wake at midday… (not only were my colleagues understanding, they helped to smooth it over with the sponges too ❤).
Being the youngest may be daunting, you will probably be patronised and office etiquette will be imposed despite the fact it feels unnatural to walk across the office and leave your vehicle at your desk. However, being the youngest has its perks too and you will be looked after…. Enjoy it while it lasts!