I haven’t been working for the corporate office for that long yet. I have been detained for a good seven months but I have already learned a few tricks here and there on how to survive a dreading 8.5-hour shift. Sitting in front of a computer all day is no joke. Aside from it hurts your butt (and even make that butt flat, lol), it also strains your eyes, and most of all, it is very very draining, both mentally and emotionally.
That is why I listed a number tips on how to survive the corporate prison. Or at least, how I am able to survive it. Hopefully, you can find some of these helpful in any way, may it be inside a corporate office or not.
A LITTLE OVERVIEW OF WHAT I DO:
Currently, I am an IT Specialist. I work in an IT firm as a level one agent and currently working my way up (naks). I take calls and try to troubleshoot the technical issues over the phone. Basically, we are a Help Desk but we deal with more of the technical side of the issues.
Drink either coffee, orange juice, water, or even an energy drink if you please. Drink up to be juiced up and awake. Of course, never forget breakfast as well. As much as possible, never skip this meal as to it provides you the energy to function for the day. This works the same way a car engine works, without gas it won’t be able to function. Without any fluid in you, you will have a very hard time to function and focus. Stay hydrated, loves!
Take a break
Work can be very stressful and frustrating, but do not forget to take and deep breath and let it all out. Take a smoke break to release the bad energy. Go for a walk around the block. Go read a book. OR even sit in the bathroom cubicle. Just get away from your desk. Even if work isn’t stressful, go and take a break as to it will make you feel better.
Learn to balance work-personal life
I know this can be quite a challenge as to I still struggle to manage both my work and personal life (+ my study life). It can be difficult but rewarding. Make use of a pen and paper or the calendar apps on your smartphone. When I am able to meet my deadlines for both my work life and personal life (without scrambling and procrastinating), I feel very accomplished and fulfilled.
Learn to brush things off aka the art of deadma
Being inside a corporate office does not get you a free pass away from bullies. There will always, always be people who will try and bring you down. If you let them see your weak side, they will keep on pulling on your leg until you give up. Learn how to brush things off, let go, and just do you.
Turn the criticisms into your assets
While there will be people who try to bring you down for no reason, there will also be people who will give constructive criticisms. Take those criticisms and change them into your assets. Change what you have to as long as it is for the better. Choose which criticisms to take into heart and which to let go of.
Believe in yourself and your capabilities
Being the youngest of the team (or the whole office rather), people tend to doubt my capabilities and skills. With that being said, they try and bring me down – trying to find a loophole in everything I do. But I don’t let them faze me because I know what I can do. Rather than letting them step on me, I stand up and prove them wrong, I know I can because I believe in my skills. But always remain humble!
Build nice/strong relationships
These are the people you will in interact with on a daily basis. It would really help if you build nice relationships with colleagues. It would make working a bit fun and relaxing. Plus, if you ever want venture out and search for another job, you would always have someone to ask to be a reference for you! 🙂
Be a sponge
Observe and absorb everything you see from the office. Be a sponge willing to absorb what you can absorb. Keep on learning, you will always find yourself knowing things you haven’t before. Managers love people who arealways willing to learn and to improve.
Don’t be afraid to ask
You are expected not to know every single thing. Feel free to ask. There will always be a helping hand for you. But when oyu do, make sure you never ask the same question ever again. In relation to the point above, absorb and learn.
Make the best out of it
No matter how dreading work can be, try and make the best out of it. You will be miserable if you just go to work and function like a robot. Personally, I loathe my job. This isn’t my chosen field, it was chosen for me. But I still try and find the good in my job – my colleagues. They make my day exciting with all the funny things they do to keep the atmosphere light. I also get to learn something new from them everyday, it may not be related to IT most of the times, but I still learn.
When the day is over, go home and recharge. You deserve a good rest after a tiring 8.5-hour shift (or even more for some). Get in your comfy clothes and just leave the work thoughts at work.
Need I say more on this? No matter how intelligent you are if you don’t work hard, nothing will happen. Work hard and make your efforts known. Climb that ladder and reach for the stars!
Don’t step on any toes
Aside from working hard, I think this is the most important point. While you are working hard to climb that ladder, make sure you don’t step on other toes. No matter how hard it can be, work your way up without having to step on any body. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t pull other people down just so you can go up. Aside from it is not ethical, have some decency and pride in you. This goes back on believing in yourself and your capabilities. Know that even without hurting anyone, you know can reach the position you want. It might take a long time but at least you haven’t hurt anyone along the way which will be a fulfilling achievement.