How to survive in a new office environment
Offices can be brutal environments, especially if you are new to an
office. Having to listen to personal phone calls all day, laughing in
pity at people's jokes, and putting on a smile when your boss asks you
to complete a project on an almost impossible deadline. Maybe these tips
would help you get by... Read on these stuff really make sense and will
let you ease into that hostile office environment without any trouble
and will keep you smiling at the office!
Do not share personal information. This is incredibly hard, as most
people's questions are lighthearted and will feel you are being rude by
not offering an answer. To avoid this, avoid going to lunch or happy
hour with co-workers. The logic is that people only socialize with
people they are comfortable with and know something about. If you do not
share information, soon, people will leave you alone.
Desensitize yourself to the people. Much like in "Office Space," you
want to be able to look someone dead in the face and not laugh when they
tell a joke. This really goes hand in hand with step one. You want to
continually distance yourself from your colleagues to the point that
they do not even seek a reaction from you.
Meditate. As odd as you may think that would be, take this old Zen
Koan as an example. "A Zen Master was measuring flax seed when a student
approached and asked, 'Master, what is Zen?' The Master, without pausing
from his task said, 'Three pounds of flax.' And the student became
enlightened." Basically, just do each task as if it were the only thing
that matters. Do not think of anything as significant. Treat it as a
game at first until it becomes second nature. Before you know it, you
will be doing everything in life with a calm inner peace.
Preoccupy yourself. If your job allows music, bring in an mp3 player
to listen to. Get ear bud headphones and put only one in while you are
at your desk. You do not want to be unavailable if someone is asking for
help or trying to get your attention, but you will soon be concentrating
more on the music than the chatter around you and completing tasks is
always easier with a soundtrack.