Navigating Work Relationships

Dealing with my first big girl job out of college this is something very new to me and something I’m still trying to figure it out. This wasn’t a course we took in college like Accounting 101. No, because you learn how to do your job (somewhat) in college not how to act even though learning how to act and behave around others you quickly learn is a big factor in your success at the company. I have noticed that sometimes who you’re friends with and how you act can outweigh others performance in the job. And we all know we’re just fighting for the top spot. **insert shoulder shrug emoji**

In my short time working I have learned to categorize everyone into groups and how to act around each and they go as follows:

Big Boss:

Act normal, Rachie. Come on you got this. Don’t mention sucking cock, oh gosh whatever you do don’t mention sucking cock! (Yes, I have a tendency to talk about sucking cock for some reason.)

There are a few of these “Big Bosses” ie the President of the company, the CEO, and the VPs. Obviously I try my best to be relatable with them and get to know them but they don’t need to know that I went skinny dipping with a bunch of random people from the bar last weekend. I actually have to think about what to share with them. Talk about my dog, everyone loves dogs and I like to think mine is pretty adorable (said every dog owner ever).

I’m not trying to hide my personality but there are just somethings that a 50 year old boss doesn’t understand or want to hear about their 23 year old employee. I let my banana love roam free around them, tell them about how I practice aerial, and tell them my plans to one day open an animal sanctuary. It’s them same as when you were a teenager sneaking out and hanging with those “bad, older kids.” It’s not lying, just omitting some facts.

Kinda Boss, Kinda Friend:

These are those superiors that are closer in age and/or just have more fun and wild personalities. If my boss makes a joke about sex you know damn well I’m cumming (you see what I did there) with another sex joke. These are the ones that I’m a bit closer with and will tell them on Monday ‘yeah man, I had one wild weekend. I’m not drinking again for a while.’ While simultaneously not telling them everything. Will I tell them we meant some people that were obviously into my boyfriend and bought us hella shots? Sure. Will I tell them we went skinny dipping with them? Nope, hell naw. (Remember people, I’m newly 23 living in a semi-new city and it’s fucking summertime.)

Work Friends:

I’m telling them I went skinny dipping with swingers over the weekend.

These are the people that help keep me going during work and I tell all of my fun and insane stories to. I can laugh about other people at work with these people and I can be serious with them. They’re that versatile person that is just a good person to have around.

Even though I love these people and always go to them at work I won’t necessarily be hanging out with them on my weekend. It’s not that we don’t want to but we also realize that we have two very different types of fun and two very different groups of friends. Doesn’t mean we don’t love each other any less, just means we have our separate lives.

Work BFFs:

The best of the best. Not only are they hearing my crazy stories but they are part of my crazy stories. We can go out drinking after working and complain about work to each other. We can meet each others significant others. We drunk text each other. And we truly get each other through the work week. We are each others true confidents at work. We help each other no matter and make sure we’re both prospering. It really is a beautiful type of relationship.

These may not be the same for everyone but these categories help me define who I am around each person at work. It can be hard because sometimes you’re tight with the boss and say something then realize you’re 20 years their younger with no family to take care of and they’re there praying their 12 year old daughter doesn’t end up like you.

Good luck to all navigating these weird, weird relationships.

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