The Office Worker’s Ultimate Survival Guide – Part 1 of 3

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Working in an office is hard. Not in the same way that someone doing physical labor would experience, but in the way that you have to deal with your surroundings.

For example, you likely have a boss, supervisor or manager and that person also has a boss, supervisor or manager. You report to your boss and they report to their boss, but what happens when their boss comes directly to you with something?

Do you report back to your boss so that they can report your findings to their boss or do you go to directly back to their boss and possibly risk insulting your boss? Confused yet?

Here’s the ultimate guide for survival in an office.

Always look busy, even if you have nothing to do – Sometimes the hardest thing you have to do at work is looking busy enough that you aren’t going to be given more work to do.

It’s not that you’re lazy, it’s that if you’re doing someone else’s work and you get behind on your work there never seems to be anyone to help you catch up and it’s you staying late on what should have been an easy day.

You should always have those tasks that you know you can drag out, but still look like you’re working.

Yell something every now and then – No one likes dealing with someone who is upset or frustrated. If you want to be left alone to do your work, or read a magazine (industry related of course), you need to yell something out every now and then.

Something like “I can’t take this anymore! Why would they do this to me?” or “All I ever wanted was for someone to love me and now I’m past my prime with no one to hold me and all I have is this job!”

Nobody is going to come near you for a while, they’ll figure out how to solve their own problems. They don’t want to be the one within arms reach when you need someone to hold you.

Never ask for more work or responsibility – This goes hand in hand with always looking busy. You may think that asking for more work when you have nothing to do is a good idea, but that sets a new standard for how much work you should be able to accomplish.

Once you set a high standard you can never go back to a smaller amount of work and there will only be disappoint from management when you can no longer reach that standard. Asking for more responsibility is asking for trouble.

Someone is always looking to rid themselves of their responsibility and if you go looking for responsibility it will be thrust on you from every direction. If you’re deserving of more responsibility it will find you.

There’s a lot more to this guide, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with it all at once. Part 2 is coming up next.

Any questions or clarifications needed?


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