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New Start…
…in many ways

My first day on the job I was assigned a little office (and a MacBook Pro to work on!). It’s very officey seeming, not so much hip. Two desks, four really fantastic seeming office chairs, 2 giant CISCO phones, two little trash bins, and two tiny windows. I put together a detailed calendar of my VAD goals and tacked it to the wall. I’m not so good at decorating.

I went over my VAD with my boss. Like we’d all been told at PSO, my boss stressed how important it was to take several weeks to get accustomed to how things run around here. We talked about a permanent work schedule for me and discussed a couple of things I could do to explore the building, the organization, and the town. Each member of the small staff is extremely supportive and I’m confident that it will be easy to get comfortable in my new job.

By Wednesday I was feeling productive, getting to know people and compiling a mini database with info on local organizations, when I began to feel quite ill. I had to leave work early and on Thursday I went to the doctor. Turns out I had some weird but super intense viral thing that unfortunately kept me out of work the entire rest of the week. I almost emailed Billy and Ben because I was worried it was going to turn into a crisis if I was still not back on my feet by today. Anyhow, virus gone. I’m back to work today (Monday 8/9/10)! And, as part of “shadowing” individual employees, I helped film a show this morning! How exhilarating! My first time behind the camera!!

Welp, hope you’re all well. I’ll report more next time I do something cool.

Comment from Austin McCann on August 12, 2010 - 11:21am

Glad you're feeling better! It sounds like you have a pretty sweet set-up. I'm working in the Stone Age at the IMC!

Comment from Bill Brown on August 12, 2010 - 8:53pm

Thanks for posting some desk shots - I like seeing where people work. I also like seeing how people make their planners/calendars. Right on.

Comment from Erica Jones on August 13, 2010 - 12:47pm

I also am a big fan of seeing office/desk pictures! It gives some context to what type of environment people are working in, and this seems quite accommodating on your organization's end, especially having a mac laptop-holler!

Having a supportive staff is so key to getting settled into your job. When in doubt, always ask questions. They are sort of like gurus in their own way so ask them questions about the community, who their supporters are, their partnerships, who their board is, etc. Sorry to hear about the virus but glad to know you recovered well :-)