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

8:46am Stepping into the corporate world

The automatic sliding doors open in front of me.  

I step inside the thirty-four story office building. I’m stepping into a different world - out of the real world and into the corporate rat race.  

 Outside the corporate world (in the real world), a form of sanity exists. Inside, machines in human bodies and dark blue suits sit in cubicles and stare at screens all day long. 

Outside, you share friendship with your mates and their families. Inside, you kiss the butt of those above you and stomp on the heads of those beneath you.  

Outside, you talk about fun and interesting things. Inside, you talk about collaboration, cost efficiency, process improvement and project deadlines. 

Outside, you need not worry about politics of any form. Inside, playing effective office politics is critical for survival. 

Outside, people dare to dream. Inside, people focus on surviving the next restructure. 

Outside, you politely tell people you don’t like where to go. Inside, you tell your arrogant, prick bosses that you’ll get it done ASAP. 

Outside, you laugh at jokes that are funny. Inside, you laugh at jokes made by those above you. 

Outside, you sleep with your husband or wife. Inside, you sleep with your boss or whoever else is in the best position to advance your career.  

Gordon Ghecco once said that “Either you’re inside, or you’re outside.”  

True. But being outside, in the sane real world is much better than the inside world of concrete buildings, computer screens, office politics and project deadlines. 

The doors slide closed behind me and I am shut in.  

Another week in the corporate rat race.

Comments

  1. kev
    September 30th, 2007 | 1:10 am

    ryc: It definitely sounds like I wouldn’t driving in South Korea. People parking anywhere…cops having to let it go…it must be madness.

    But parking aside, how is the country? I see that you’re originally from Australia, but now teach in South Korea. That must make for some interesting stories.

  2. September 30th, 2007 | 5:33 pm

    Hi Kev.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Parking aside, coming to South Korea has been a wonderful experience for me.

    I live in a small town with about 20,000 people. There are only a few other native English speakers in my town.

    The Koreans have really welcomed me. They are very warm, kind and polite. In small towns like the one where I live, Koreans don’t often see westerners and are very excited when they see me or other foreigners. They are just lovely people.

    Most Koreans in my town speak little or no English, but they try to speak as much English to me as they can. Those that speak good English have become very good friends of mine. I have learned to speak basic sentences in Korean, but I am nowhere near fluent.

    Most of my students study quite hard, and teaching them is a pleasure.

    The countryside is beautiful, especially now during Autumn (fall). Mountains cover about seventy five per cent of the country and rice fields cover most of the rest of the countryside. It’s very beautiful between mid April and late October, from plantation time to harvest time in terms of the rice fields.

    However, during winter (December - February) the countryside is not so colorful. Also, all of the cities are very crowded.

    So overall, I’m loving it. Maybe one day I will start a blog about Korea.

    Again, thanks for visiting my blog.

    Cheers

    Andrew

  3. kev
    October 3rd, 2007 | 12:12 am

    Sounds pretty cool. You should definitely start a Korea-based blog one day. It’d be pretty unique.

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