My boss has this really annoying habit of walking around the office in circles. He does that when he’s tired and need a bit of a rest from the computer screen.
When he passes my desk I straighten up and stare at my ‘to-do’ list intensely. I keep the list long. Sometimes I add a few words in Polish, like ‘kup ser’ (buy cheese) to not only remind myself of the shopping I need to do that evening, but also to make the list look like I have thousands of things to do and I don’t have time to scroll through Facebook every five minutes, exchange online recipes with my sister, or retweet some pretty cool stuff written by more talented people than me.
I’ve been with the Company 2 years and I worked hard to get here. I improved my English, went on courses, applied for jobs. It was a long ride…and when I finally got here I realised that wearing suits and heels and being polite to snobby individuals every day is S-H-I-T and I hate it. I actually could have realised it a bit earlier, when I was working for another company, and another office and did exactly the same – scroll through Facebook, exchange recipes, retweet…But I wanted to work in a glamorous office with some people that played golf in the weekend, and drunk sophisticated cocktails the names of which I couldn’t remember.
Do you know that in some circles it is really important who goes through the door first?? Apparently, it shows who is more of a boss. Once I saw two men standing at the door for 5 minutes going ‘You first. No, you. I insist’ and then trying to squeeze through at the same time. These are the people I work with – men with huge egos.
Last week I sat my boss down and told him I was leaving in November. Surprisingly, he was supportive and excited for me (although, you never know with English people. He might have gone home and told his wife that I was going crazy after the divorce. But, who cares!) I think he might be relieved. Finally he will get rid of his PA, who scrolls through Facebook and…(you know the rest). Maybe this time he will be more lucky and employ someone who actually understands what people talk about at meetings, makes notes and doesn’t look like she’s bored out of her mind all the time.
I have huge expectations from my new life and job in Thailand. I want the teaching to be exciting, every day to be different AND sunny, and I don’t want to think of Facebook during my working hours. Is this too much? Probably! I might get annoyed at those little brats after a day, dump everything and go back to the UK, straight back to my old desk, which will feel like warm slippers. But for now I am focusing on the fact that I’m leaving my corpo-hole and I won’t have to do any team building activities, or lie when someone asks me if I agree that the meeting was really interesting (Who are you kidding? We just went through a PowerPoint presentation with words like ‘KPI’ and ‘budget prediction’ in it ).
Got to go…my boss is doing another circle!