Any tips for a road warrior settling in to his first office job?

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  1. BigDaddyLH

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    And never admit you're wrong or apologize!
     
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    Use your road experiences/stories to charm your coworkers and clients.
    Seriously..
    Good luck
     
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    almost forgot, start every sentence with 'when I was a traveling salesman, I used to'

    the porch dogs LOVE THAT.
     
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    Make sure that your screen background is a similar shade of Yellow to that of the TDPRI forum - then nobody will notice when you're on here.

    I know this works.;)
     
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    I suggest you start drinking heavily.

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    Most useful thing I could say is read a De Waals book on chimpanzee politics. Seriously

    A lot of irrational things can be understood if you just see it as a status display by a chimp who feels inadequate. Instead of telling a chimp he is wrong it is easier to say some Barnum statement everyone agrees with, like 'the world will still keep turning tomorrow'

    Don't be fearful of not knowing what you are doing and achieving nothing, because that is most people
     
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    What a crazy book idea. Next thing you do you'll ... oh no ... We finally really did it. You Maniacs! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
     
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    make cupcakes. everybody likes cupcakes.
     
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    Meh.

    I would prefer bagels, Montreal-style if possible.
     
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    Worked for me...concentrate on your work and don't get caught up in office politics or gossip since it can keep you from getting your job done. Ymmv.
     
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    Maybe you could train for it by locking yourself in a wardrobe for a few hours a day?
    I think it will be a tough transition for a while. I don't think I could do it.
    Maybe driving a different route to work every day might make it more bearable?
     
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    Buena suerte, sir!
     
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    you'll need a tdpri coffee mug, of course....or one equally as zany...:D
     
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    Sounds hellish. Make sure you can go back to your old job if you want!
     
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    You now have a schedule. The boss, and more so the other employees will watch you to make sure you are there for the full 8 hours. Appearance matters.
     
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    Keep your desk immaculately empty, clear it of active work items as soon as you finish. Stay paperless as much as possible. Maybe one picture of your dog. It freaks out the normal office denizens.

    While everyone else is gossiping, spend that time figuring out what the real organization chart is, it's often a lot different than what is published.

    Use your road skills when you can. Say you are working at dealership car sales, everyone in the office waits for a victim (er customer) to walk in the door with an informal turn system of who takes care of that one. You might notice the landscapers around town need some new trucks and you have them in to buy a dozen trucks at a time while you are also coordinating with the mower dealer on cross sales promotion/deals.

    If you feel like a wolf among the sheep, realize that the sheep have their protective measures in numbers to have survived -- so caution is appropriate.

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    You’ll do okay. Watch, learn, and ask for help when unsure.

    I think Sconnie’s advice is spot on. Don’t get chained to your desk. Take a real lunch hour. Your health affects your attitude at your job.

    I’ve noticed that employers notice folks who show up a little early and don’t wince at staying late if need be.
     
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    just came off the road from auto locksmithing last Nov....just dispatch now.... do get massive guitar time in now..but i can not sit still all day..i am 100% unemployable at this point but i work all day everyday & selling company very soon and putting a band on the road.
     
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    And if you can manage to do both of these, go ahead and shoot for that cancer cure and achieving world peace as well! ;)
     
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    I moved from sales on the road to sales manager and finally back to engineering some 25 years back. The best advice I can give you is to get out as often as you can. Working inside can be stultifying. Office politics can be maddening, and the disfunction of corporate culture, especially if your company is foreign owned, can be paralyzing. I surviyinside by being an expert in a field few others even understood. I’m a survivor. I’m still employed at the same company. I’m planning an exit shortly after I hit 70. Working inside had trials and rewards and I’m not sure I’d have been better off staying outside. My career path was better for my family for sure.
     
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