Office Politics

Today is Claudia’s first day of work.

It feels like it is her first day in school. At least for me.

I woke up before 6am and I waited for her to wake up. She woke up early too. And I thought she’s probably excited.

But when she went out of her room she was in her tennis outfit. I asked her where she was going and she told me she was going to Polo Club to play tennis. I got nervous since it was her first day. She told me she was going to play tennis first and she will be back by 7:30. Her office is at 8:30.

When I first found out she got accepted in this job a lot of things went to my head. I was so nervous and scared for her.

And that is because I’m scared of office politics.

I experienced the worst office politics known to mankind. For those who doesn’t know yet, when I first came to Manila I worked in a travel agency. I had fun there. I loved my officemates. We were like family. I worked there for 4-5 years until there was an opening in a U.S. offshore airline. I applied and I got accepted.

Our office was a general sales agent for a U.S. Airline. This airline already closed down in the late 90’s.

Dude, I had the worst time there. The secretary of our boss was a monster. She gave me hell. Not only me but the whole office. She acted like she was the freaking boss.

I remember one time I couldn’t take it anymore and I had a screaming match with her in the middle of the day, in the middle of our office. I blacked out and screamed at her on top of my voice: “ang pangit mo, ang pangit pa ng ugali mo!”

I worked in that office until I got pregnant with Vinny. Then TB told me to quit.

I am scared for Claudia ’cause you cannot avoid office politics. I know she can handle it cause Claudia is tough. But the thing is, this is something I don’t want her to go through.

Before she left for the office I took her picture. I told her to have fun and to remember everything I told her.12019789_955328084539337_1819940217896544534_nWhen she left I felt so lonely and so did Schumi. He literally jumped in the couch with me and laid down in my pillow.12002202_955328587872620_1427758761112083464_nGood thing I was scheduled to have lunch with an old friend that I haven’t seen for a long time. We only see each other during our birthdays. This was my birthday lunch with her.

It is always nice catching up with old friends.

After lunch Vinny asked me to run an errand for him.

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  • I saw office politics in action (in a previous job), but luckily I wasn’t part of it. Tensions, arguments, and bad vibes. It really makes the environment awkward. Some dream jobs become nightmares because of it. For a fresh grad, sana huwag naman. There’s a lot of optimism that should stay as long as possible.

  • I am in my late 20’s (almost 7 years of working and now a manager at a local Filipino company, my fourth job) and I can still vividly remember my office politics experience (not in my present job). It toughened me up. It’s not that it’s inevitable, but if that’s the case, I’m sure Claudia can handle it. On hindsight and the brighter side, I realized that it’s a character building thing. Because of that, I know what I can and cannot tolerate. I have learned not to compromise my principles for a more “astig” position and the higher paycheck that comes with it. That hard work, no matter how seemingly you think you don’t exist or get noticed, will be rewarded in its due time. And if you think you it’s taking so long, I learned how to speak up (of course, this is backed up with concrete list of accomplishments) and ask for what I deserve. I have learned all these along the way (in my 7 years journey and counting), and seeing and experiencing the worst, set the yardstick on what’s the best career that can contribute to my growth not only in the corporate world but also in life. I can still remember my first day as a junior business analyst. Ang tanda ko na (fresh grads in the office calling me ate. hello magkaheight lang kaya kami). That’s why I can relate so much to your post. I enjoyed my first job. I think it was about discovering more about myself and constantly comparing work life vs. student life. And like a sponge or a clean slate, Claudia can and will learn so much. Don’t worry Ms. Tina. I know (I’m a fan of your blog ever since its early years), you raised them. Trust your upbringing. 🙂

    • Hi, thanks so much for your input and sharing your experience.

      I know Claudia will be able to take it. I just don’t want to happen to her what happened to me. I don’t want her to see that ugly side of the corporate life.

      But a lot of my friends said and you too, it will toughen her and it’s character building. In the long run she will learn from it.

      Lumabas ang pagka nanay ko. hahahahaha. You want to shield your kids from everything.

      Thanks for following my blog! That means a lot to me 🙂

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