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

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  1. tlsmack

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    After 25 years of travelling salesman routine, I have an opportunity to work in a showroom. It is a little less money, but is only 5 minutes from home!!!

    I have always been a bit of a lone wolf, and I am not sure how I will adjust to a more regimented schedule.
    Anyone have any thoughts on making a smooth transition? I will not miss the driving, but I think I will miss the freedom of working independently. Plus, I will need to be more aware of my gastro-intestinal indiscretions!!!:oops:
     
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    A good desk pop goes a long way;)



    Seriously though, a little self awareness goes long ways.
    Keep Personal projects on the down low.
    Don't cook fish in the break room.
    Don't clip your nails in the office.

    Pretty standard fare, except a lot of people struggle with it.
     
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    Good luck, that's about all I can say. I never did well in a confined area situation.
     
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    That can be a very difficult transition. Go with the flow and good luck in your new career
     
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    Getting along with people will carry you further than being competent.

    Stay out of the office politics.

    Always be willing to help co-workers, they'll return the favor.

    Don't make yourself irreplaceable - because then you can't be promoted.

    If you have to work with an outside contractor, quadruple your estimate for how long it will take. Quadruple again if it is an offshore team (different culture).
     
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    If at all possible, watch, listen and learn, before opening up too much. Try and get a feel for who and what you're dealing with. When you've been used to setting you own agenda, you must expect a little discomfort, at first.....so no hasty judgements. ;)
     
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    The only other thing I can add to that is stay away from the office lady who inevitably wants to have a drink with you after work. She may have a rack like a moose, but she'll always have a stinger like the deadliest scorpion.
     
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    Don't wait to ask for help with a new task.

    Never ask for help twice (remember or record everything you learn to do).
     
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    rub your entire body in cbd oil. Tell all of your coworkers that you covered your entire body in cbd oil making a point to nod your head and smile when you say 'entire'

    all will go well.
     
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    Try to stay clear of other people's BS and avoid everyone's drama at all costs.
     
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    Good luck..

    Turn the saved travelling time into a new band or music project. Make it give you a reason to go to work there.
     
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    Stay out of office politics. Do your job with a good attitude. The world and jobs aren't perfect, but many just complain too much.
     
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    Try to incorporate a 20 minute walk into your lunch break. Fresh air, sunlight, movement, a little goes a long way!
     
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    The above advice about just observe, patiently, the people you have to deal with. Stay positive. These are colleagues first. Friends? Maybe, maybe not.

    It's not always necessary to ask how someone is doing, some will tell you exactly, in excruciating detail, and you will be sorry you asked.

    Also, see the other thread here on the Bad Dog: "...reasons to be admitted to an insane asylum..."

    Most offices have their own sub-cultures, etc.

    Seems like you are already accustomed to living in densely populated areas, so maybe just think of it as a "different " neighborhood.
     
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    if the boss is a man and has a hot daughter, get to knockin boots with her
    it'll give you leverage

    if the boss is a woman, well, you know what to do...
     
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