The other night, we had a staff meeting, which was the first time I had even met many of the people who I work with. This job is a weird combination of working in small teams and communicating through about 500 emails a day, so finally putting faces with the names and email styles of my peers was an interesting experience. To the man who draws cartoons at the bottom of every email with a weird, nonsensical pun….that is not what I thought you would look like!
But I didn’t realize how much I would miss the office culture that I left behind until I didn’t have it anymore. All the things that I found annoying about office life suddenly seem like a luxury when you don’t have those 3 partial walls of a cubicle around you. The loud phone calls, the stale cakes, the infringing hoard of paperwork and office supplies….I miss that?! What is wrong with me?
I think it’s a mix of many things that is making me semi-nostalgic for finance meetings and color-coded binder tabs. And of course, the friendly rapport with my group of former coworkers added a level of work-coping mechanisms that I haven’t figured out here yet. But without a main office space to foster forced friendships and only a monthly meeting to establish facial recognition, I think my days of sharing stale cake in the break room have passed me by! RIP, stale office cake.
What’s My Age: 48, the office mom who brings in leftover baked goods.