Friday, 9 November 2012

Valuable lessons

Oscar and Delta will be back soon. In the meantime, here is a list of lessons I learnt at work today, the last day before I go on holiday.
  1. Don't change the margins and make yourself repaginate a 200-page document. Again.
  2. Don't leave writing instructions for formatting foreign-language resources to the last minute, after all the formatters have gone home so you can't check they understand what they've got to do.
  3. Run away and hide before anyone can tell you that the author of the document they are currently formatting has copied three quarters of the content from the internet!
  4. Check how data is going to be used before deciding how to enter it. Fortunately the data entry temp was in the office today and available for some of the afternoon.
  5. Don't expect to get everything done.
  6. Do expect to work late. Very late.
  7. Only expect free takeaway if the boss is also staying very late.
  8. Don't start locking up before you've actually finished working because you won't be able to get into the kitchen.
  9. Read the specification carefully and don't assume interns will follow it. This will avoid having to edit said 200-page document at 6 o'clock on a Friday evening.
  10. Stop thinking about work and look forward to your holiday!

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