The story of a day in the life of an unsuccessful office worker

8:50am Will I get caught?

Bing. Floor eighteen. 

Twenty minutes late – no excuses – my only hope is not to get caught. 

I exit the elevator, greet the receptionist and walk through the reception area. After a right turn, I walk past a couple of meeting rooms and head toward the main office door.   

What lies behind this closed door may determine my fate. If Bill is in his office, he will see me as I walk to my desk. The conversation will follow is too unbearable to contemplate. If not, I may not get caught and I need not stress. 

Too late for prayers at this stage. 

With a sick feeling in my stomach, I hold my security pass adjacent to the sensor. Click, click -  the security door unlocks. I push it open and walk through, entering possibly my last day in this office. 

My eyes scan frantically for any sign of Bill. In his office?…No….Talking to anyone?…No…In the staff kitchen?…No.  

Relax! The coast is clear. No need to stress. Chill out. 

I can take my time, put my bag down, get a coffee, go to the toilet, chat with a couple of people, email a few mates, check my share prices, play a couple of computer games and take it easy. No need to start any real work for another twenty minutes.  

What was I worried about?  

Being late matters only when you get caught.


  1. October 8th, 2007 | 7:34 pm

    Nice job of getting inside the mind of a person with an oppressive boss. Tough to start the day thinking like that.

  2. October 8th, 2007 | 8:38 pm

    Thanks Brad,

    I don’t think in real life I’ve ever had a boss quite as daughnting as Bill in this story.

    I hope never to have one.



  3. kev
    October 9th, 2007 | 6:21 am

    ryc: Back in my teaching days, I was always worried I’d accidentally spill a drink on my desk. Never happened, though, thank goodness.

    Not to worry you, but next time you better make sure your boss isn’t hiding under your desk. Bosses are sneaky like that.

  4. October 10th, 2007 | 6:21 pm

    Good point, Kev.

    Bosses can hide anywhere.

    Fortunately, for my bosses, in my working life they have been able to find fault without resorting to desperation.

    They haven’t even had to install hidden cameras anywhere!



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