There is no such thing as a dumb question. That is how we learn.
Be understanding that our technology is not the latest and the greatest, neither are the system programs we have to work with. Understand policy/procedures/regulations are there for a reason, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can’t play Spotify tunes or Pandora on your DoD, DoN work computer, so bring a radio or your Iphone and listen from it. And “do not” plug into a usb port on your work computer. Thumb drives are not allowed here.
Whatever training is offered, take it, take it, take it. It gives you a good idea of what is going on.
Keep your politics, your religion and your sex life to yourself.
You want to make enemies, start kissing up to the supervisor.
If your co workers invite you to lunch or for coffee, go…enjoy.
(sorry David, it’s a no no to go to lunch with boss….or have the boss over for dinner at your house….it’s called fraternization) DoD, DoN walks the line.
Make yourself a list of POC’s to contact for everything from “my computer is not working”, my phone, payroll questions, HR questions, who is the POC for the bargaining unit (GS’s here do not have a union, only WG) or additional training, or my AC isn’t working or my window is broken, or the door won’t lock to my office. You will need to know who these people are and how to get in contact with them.
Ask your supervisor about leave policy. Some like to know well in advance if you taking more than 3 days off. Some want to know a week or two ahead. Ask if they want the leave form emailed, or a paper copy.
Don’t assume all 303 series are secretaries, we aren’t. I’m not, and I’m a 303.
Ask if there is a cleaning staff. Sorry DC folks, we don’t have one, we take out our own trash, clean our own office, vacuum and mop the common areas. (yes, mop, as in wet mop) Our supervisor calls a field day once a month and shuts everything down so we all can clean. (even the suits and skirts in other offices clean their own areas) We still service customers if they come in and most know our routine.
Are there scheduled breaks during the day? What time is lunch? Is that set in stone? What eating establishments are around that would give me time to eat and return to work? Is there a break room, where is it?
Are there mandatory weekly meetings and how will I be notified..email, in person, from another co worker?
Improvise, Adapt and Overcome
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