Went back to the office today. I’m proud to say that I only had one panic attack the entire day. With how anxious I’ve been feeling about being in the office and being around my coworkers, only freaking out once is a huge deal for me.
The CEO left a Costco Size bottle of hand sanitizer, a set of face masks and a large container of disinfectant wipes on everyone’s desk for when we arrive. Normally I am not a fan of single use products, but I think under the circumstance it was a nice gesture for him to provide and I will make use of them. After all, my aversion to single-use products is far less important than keeping the office clean and disinfected.
It’s weird… being around people right now. I want to be nice, I want to be kind. I want to shake the hands of someone I’ve never met. I can’t. I fear people. And I don’t mean that in a way to make me sound weak, or sad, or pathetic… I say that to say the closer I get to people, the closer I get to germs.
I just got out of the shower. Needless to say, I needed to do that before I could do anything else when I walked in the door. There’s about enough time left in the day to have some dinner and decompress. I need to get ready to face the world again tomorrow.
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that feeling.
I went for a tour of my office on Thursday. I’d been putting it off for a while due to the fact that several of my coworkers and at least two of the building’s security guards tested positive for COVID. But, I was assured that professional cleaning and disinfecting was done and so I made arrangements with my boss to have a socially distant tour.
First stop on the tour? My office. That’s right, I have my own office.
It’s big. Real big. And it’s all mine. There’s a wrap-around desk, a wardrobe, cupboard storage and a table/seating area. There’s also a giant west-facing window with a view of the city skyline. Given that we’re on a high floor, I reckon the sunsets will be pretty spectacular as we head into fall and our staff actually goes back to working in the office.
It was a very surreal moment for me. I’ve never had an office before. In the decade I’ve been working, I’ve been had board-room tables, a reception desk, a desk-sized cubicle in the middle of the lobby. Never an office. Offices were always reserved for the men. And now, I have an office.I have four walls. A door. A cork board and a white board! It’s the small things but they mean so much. I wanted to cry when I sat down at my desk and spun around in my chair. I also wanted to take a bunch of pictures of every square inch of the office. Given that my boss was watching me, though, I chose to not do either.
The entire office is quite a maze. Lots of hallways, a maze of offices, a classroom for when we host professional development workshops (when there isn’t a global pandemic). There’s even a games room! A room with a pinball game and a Foosball table and a few other arcade games. The building even has a private gym for tenants… not that it’s open right now. But, it’s still a cool perk.
As I was leaving I told my boss that I was excited to get into my new office in September (COVID Permitting) and do a lot of great work in there. I said that I’d never had an office before and that I’d never worked in an office with this many amenities or luxuries before.
They smiled and said ‘Welcome to corporate, kid’.
It was a cool day for me. And, I guess I have a lot to look forward to (COVID permitting). I might like this corporate world after all…
As of 9:00 this morning a total of seven people from my office have tested positive Corona Virus. This morning the building staff said that two of the security staff have tested positive. I’m speculating here but that’s likely how they got it? I mean… it’s not like any of the people from my office have been near one another. They all popped into the office at different points in time and their paths never crossed (we literally have a calendar dedicated to when someone needs to go to the office so we can ensure we’re not getting too many people there at once), but all of them had to pass the security desk/check in to get to the elevator to go to our office.
Anyone who’s been to the office in the past two weeks now has to go get a test as a precautionary measure. Glad I’m not one of those people who’s been to the office. Funny thing was, I was supposed to go for a tour because no one is/was around. I ended up making an excuse to cancel the tour because I had anxiety about going right downtown the city.
Stay safe, sane and healthy and be careful who you go near. Wash your hands and be diligent in looking after your health. You really don’t know who has or hasn’t caught this.
Senior Management is hanging on to the old ways and expecting the younger generations to behave in the way did when they were picked up at their university career nights in the eighties. It’s no wonder employers don’t know how to effectively value the millennials in their offices.
The generational chasm that presently exists between the two (in some places three) generations in today’s work place is alarming to say the least. The “do as I say not as I do” mentality runs rampant amongst a league of overbearing management unwilling to look outside of the box they’ve put themselves in.
Amidst all of this, millennials are killing the culture. Millennials are destroying the industry. Millennials are making ‘the rest of them’ look bad as we reshape the way business needs to be done. That’s all they care to share. Somehow, if something has gone wrong it is always at the fault of the millennial in the office.
Change isn’t easy. Trust me, I know. I’m living it. Thing is… just because something has always been done one way does not mean that it always has to be done that way. Instead of vilainizing a generation for ‘having no values, loyalty or motivation’ how about you stop for a moment to think about the fact that maybe our values, loyalty and motivation are different to yours. That’s not a bad thing.
Whilst trying so hard to protect themselves and interests with the archaic boys-club like mentality of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I simply wish for them to please take a moment or two to realize that millennials are merely trying to do the same thing… in a new world… in a new decade with a new way of life.
People really ought to stop demoting and demoralizing an entire generation based solely on the fact that they don’t understand and don’t care to.