But in my days as a volunteer firefighter, grocery clerk, radio disc jockey and news guy, broadcasting school director, 911 supervisor, Health Dept facilities manager and public information specialist, I learned a thing or two about getting through a day of work without too many contusions or abrasions.
Two of them came to mind the other day when I was listening to the radio documentary The History Of Howard Stern, and I thought I would share them for the benefit of people just starting out in the world of work.
|Norris, Dell'Abate, and Stern|
They worried for nothing!
Lesson To The Young: No matter WHAT you're doing in the workplace, as long as you make it look like it's what you're SUPPOSED to be doing, no one will call you on it. I mean this. You can walk into the office of the CEO (Chief Embezzlement Officer) in your firm and start carrying out his fire extinguisher, Keurig machine and potted ferns. If someone says anything, just say you're there to "take 'em out for PM," which is the inside term for preventive maintenance. But those magic words are the golden key. Just look like you're supposed to be there, and no one will question a thing.
Especially if you're carrying a clipboard, and quite ostentatiously making big check marks on a piece of paper for every item you haul away.
|Folder + furrow = freedom|
Bonus lesson to the young: Let's say it's late in the day on a Friday, and you want to get out early. At lunchtime, you take your lunchbag and jacket and leave them at the reception area in the lobby, and then, long about 3:30, you pick up a manila file folder stuffed with many papers and storm down the hall with a firm grip on the folder and a furrowed brow. Be sure to say, "Man, things are all screwed up in Accounts Payable. I'll be back..." and then make a beeline for the door.
See you Monday!