Help in Acclimating to New Job
July 23, 2014 9:54 AM Subscribe
I haven't had a job in an office in over ten years. I've gone to school, I've done freelancing, but it's been over ten years since I had to get to an office and work for several hours and then come home. I start next week and was wondering what advice you might have in terms of acclimating to a new job after working on my own (or being in school) for so long.
posted by sockermas to Work & Money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For context, the company is a small Internet startup that's been around for a few years. There's probably about 15-20 people in the office on any given day.
While I know that some of this will be best answered by my co-workers or my supervisor, some questions I have include:
- what's the accepted "etiquette" in offices these days with regards to using cell phones to check texts or personal emails? Also, what are the pros and cons (aside from usage) of connecting to their WiFi vs. leaving it on 3G? (AFAIK, they don't give people new cell phones, but we're supposed to use our own to keep connected to some company chat thing.)
- The computer I'll be using will be a laptop that I'll be expected to bring to and from the office. While I won't need to use it at home for anything but work, do you think I should feel comfortable doing personal things on it outside of the office?
Basically, I'm experiencing some anxiety about all of this and I'd like some advice in navigating this transition from working on my own, during my own hours, in my own space, to working with others, during regular business hours, in another space. It'd be a bonus if you could help me navigate the line between "business" and "personal" in terms of technology use in an office. Thanks!