Week 27/11: Settling

18 days in and I have slowly gotten more familiar with the new workplace, for instance:

  • Knowing how the computer worked (typing “command + C” as opposed to “control + C” if I want to copy a phrase in the document);
  • Knowing the places that each unmarked door leads in the maze-like layout with the long corridors (the building used to be a factory);
  • The limited lunch options and the in-house cafe that’s rather expensive (but a life-saver for the rainy days);
  • The concept of the “smart casual” work attire all day, everyday. “Smart casual” is a misnomer here, this phrase translates better into “come whatever you are comfortable with”. I have seen co-workers dressed up to the nines in their maxi-dresses, or constantly pushing the boundaries of workplace dressing, complete with bermudas, grubby T-shirts and thong-slippers. No one bats an eyelid as to what you wear. It’s liberating, this freedom.

But I’m not yet in that comfort zone, where you can know instinctively how to react to emails and situations. A new colleague (who’s been around for the past 6 months) assured me that it took her a long time, around 3-4 months to get used to the working culture here, whereas it usually takes around a month or less in her other workplaces.

Oh deep breath, exhale – I’m not such a laggard after-all.



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