Monday, August 20, 2007

Challenges At Work

It's amazing when I first started this job I was wondering whether I could keep it but now feel like I wanna quit and work in another place. This place of work isn't bad work environment-wise, however I do feel that they lack planning that could sustain the company. In fact, I feel that they like to spend their finances on non-essential things more than what is necessary.

It's amusing that I face these few challenges that I never need to face throughout my working life before:

1) Eating in the cafeteria!
Yes, interesting enough, eating in the cafeteria is my biggest challenge in the company!!! Performing my work/job task is one of the most simplest thing for me to do working in this company. They have yet to ask me to do something I do not know how to do, and even if there are, with just a little bit more perseverance I can find out the answer on how to do the work and do it well.

Why is eating in the cafeteria a challenge? Well, for starters, I am so used to eating my lunch at 12pm, I just seem like one of the oddest person of them all. The biasness in the company is major, if you're a Chinese, you eat with the Chinese, and if you're a Malay, you eat with the Malays. If you're a Chinese, you're expected to speak Chinese, otherwise you'll be an outcast.

Anyway, back to the line of thought. So I always eat at 12pm, but the operators all start going for lunch at 12pm which causes congestion. So I decided to go for lunch at 11.55am, just to beat the crowd going to the cafeteria to get a seat. Here's the problem, I'm neither here nor there. The Chinese take their lunch at the cafeteria, at 11 something. Usually they occupy 1 and a half table or two.But because I'm Chinese, I face a dilemma here. Sometimes, there's empty seat in one of the tables. So, should I sit at the empty seat or not? If I seat at another table all by myself, everyone thinks I'm a snob, a real stuck-up guy. But if I sit with them, then I would impose on them the courtesy to wait till I finish my lunch (god knows who on earth started this kinda ruling upon them). I still haven't decided on this matter. Sometimes I sit with them and sometimes I don't. It depends on whether I feel like it or not. More often than not, I wouldn't sit with them. And they've already gotten the idea should I sit with them that if they all have finished their lunch and decided to leave, they may do so, even if it makes me feel awkward (which I don't know why I should, since I've never had this problem before until now). This weird phenomena has left me to speed up my eating during lunch time again. I even clocked a record time of eating in 8 minutes before! The previous record that I have was during my first job, which was 10 minutes.

Hmm....lost my train of thought on what other weird challenges at work that I face at the moment. Must be the lunch kicking in, making me feel sleepy. Oh well, I'll post again once my thought comes back. Guess these weird challenges, although is really challenging, but not very severe after all.


Anonymous said...

Each and everyone of us should have the freedom to choose whom he wants to eat lunch with and how fast or slow he wants to eat. We should not look with biasness if a person wants to have lunch with someone of another race or talk another language. This is a free country.