Reflections

This week’s blog post is going to be short, sweet, and a bit early. This weekend my friend and I are taking a four-day trip to Salzburg, and I couldn’t be more excited! Get ready for some GORGEOUS pictures in next week’s post. The only trouble is that I don’t know what my WiFi situation will be during that time, so enjoy this early post! This week at work has been filled with lots of tasks, mostly spreadsheet related. I’ve also been putting labels on goodie bags to be handed out at next week’s Fashion and Lifestyle Day, which is a task you’d expect them to save for the intern, to say the least. Next week’s blog promises to be very exciting, because I might be staying until 1 am that day helping with the festivities! I’m very grateful to finally be accustomed to Berlin. It became really obvious that I’m now comfortable in the city when I guided my friend around last night after she arrived, in Berlin Hauptbahnhof (basically their equivalent of Grand Central Station- although not as bad). It’s great to be able to lead others around now, unlike my first week here when I followed our guide, Britta, around like a lost duck.

Since I have been at my company for three weeks now, I think it is a good time to reflect on the organizational culture of my company. I work at an affiliate marketing company, so the work isn’t quite as high pressured as would be at, say, a hospital. That being said, I’ve noticed that people are very good at balancing socializing and getting their work done. I wouldn’t say there’s a very rigid hierarchy here, I think if someone is your ‘superior’, there’s just an understanding that you’ll get your tasks done and there won’t be any issues. People are also very thankful when you get tasks done for them, even if you are just an intern and it’s your job anyway. I think my company really encourages open discussion, either about work or other topics. There’s a very social atmosphere here that I didn’t expect, and I think this is better for everyone involved because coming to work isn’t this horrible drain like it can be at some other jobs. By being flexible about work hours, people are motivated to work hard while they’re here. Everyone follows the honor system of getting here by 9:30, taking an hour of lunch, etc. The company respects that everyone here is an adult who knows it is best for the company to honor their standards, so they have no need to enforce clocking in. I’m glad this friendly environment is where I’m starting my office work experience!

So Long, Farewell, Goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen! (sorry the Sound of Music jokes are only just beginning)

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