I know with the title to this post, you all would expect that this is about relationships in the office and lewd sexual escapades between colleagues or junior staff and their superiors, either just for the fun of it or for leveraging their easy climb to the top of the corporate ladder. But this is not about anything of the sorts; I’m not saying that my thoughts haven’t run through the idea of having late night carnal romps coupled with the thrill that comes with knowing you could be caught any moment and how matters would be complicated when one party starts to catch feelings. One major hindrance is that we all know it isn’t wise to shit where you eat.
If you spend long enough time with someone or a place feelings are bound to spring up from one place or the other. I wish I could have seen things through the eyes of my colleagues when I first started out here over a year ago; how did they perceive the newbie? Did the ladies think I was cute – a sight for sore eyes, or did my immediate colleagues in the same department wonder what a Petroleum Engineer was doing in the communications department and wondering if he would take their shine or slow them down? These are all questions that ran through my mind, but there is no way of finding out.
It still baffles me till tomorrow but the truth is that no matter how I ask them what they thought about me on face value, I’d never get a sincere enough reply; at least from everyone but one person, Susan. She is one brutally honest person you can count on for the bitter truth even when you can’t handle it. Apparently, I had a big head and looked scruffy and lost. I didn’t expect less considering I started work a week after my NYSC and we all know it’s never a beautiful experience especially when you’re out of your comfort zone and in a place like Warri.
Anyways a year and two months down the line, I seem to have settled in nicely. I now get to partake in the morning ritual of breakfast between Mr. Mike, Toun and the boss’s secretary Joyce. Oh! How the aroma from those meals made me long to be part of that caucus; I swallowed spittle for months. Susan, who is known not to entertain hugs, now gives me occasional hugs entirely by her own volition.
Then when it comes to tech matters, even the closely guarded admin password that gave the I.T support staff all the power they wielded is no longer a big deal, plus the internet firewall is down. Today I got reconnected to Susan’s printer via our Wi-Fi network and I no longer have to carry my laptop all the way to George’s printer, plug in the cable while I answer one too many questions, anytime I needed to print a documents. In fact as it is now, everyone in the office knows I’m the go-to-guy for any tech related stuff; even the COO and our OGA on TOP have come to recognize this, I only wish it could be translated to more money in my bank account.
Everything just takes a little getting us to, even the most hostile of people could eventually warm up to you. The same thing applies to life in general. At first it looks like everything and everyone is out to get you or bring you down, but as you get used to the system, you eventually find a balance. Nothing is as hard as it seems to be at first. I used to be scared about starting out life and facing responsibilities, but suddenly all that which used to feel like an uphill task becomes a walk in the park.