7 Reasons I Love My Job In The Office

7 Reasons I Love My Job In The Office

I wrote this at the end of my shift, I swear.

Inspiration struck me at exactly 8:34 AM, the idea to write this article just popped into mind. My shift started at eight and I had just finished drinking a cup of French roast, specially brewed by my boss. I was already thinking of all the parts of working in this office that I adore when suddenly, ten fat folders were dumped on my desk, with a note saying “See me”. Two hours later after faxing, scanning, copying, and organizing these fat folders into a compilation of ten slightly less fat folders, I looked at the computer screen and saw I had a word document up and “Why I Love Working in the Office” typed on the screen. Oh, the irony.

1. My boss makes the best coffee.

I never thought I liked French roast. Every time I’ve had it before it was always too strong and dark. But now? It’s my go-to. On top of that, I always use the same ceramic cup from the collection of cups they have in the cupboard. Somehow no one seems to use it anymore, I wonder if I had anything to do with that?

2. Someone always has a story to share.

My boss told of her exhilarating battle against a massive beehive in her backyard. As she relayed the story, the rest of us listening could almost hear them swarming, it gave us chills.

3. CNN is always playing, even though no one hardly watches it.

I honestly like background noise, it's something to turn to if, well, when work gets boring. What has Trump done now? CNN will surely tell us.

4. The kitchenette countertop always has something sweet to find.

We don’t talk about calories in the office. They’re taboo in the corporate world.

5. The pink sticky notes.

Is writing down a list of everything you need to get done fun and exciting? It definitely is not. However, when I have Pilot G-2 07 and a stack of hot pink sticky notes, office stationery can be fun, and I’m not the only one who agrees.

6. There’s always a meeting to be held.

Meetings are more than just talking and making decisions, while I can't be present for them because I'm only the one who mans the front desk, I still feel as if I take part in them. Someone has to prepare the conference room, clean the conference room, or be summoned to the conference room to replenish coffee or retrieve paperwork fresh off the printer, who's it gonna be but the one who mans the front desk? I'm vital to this operation, I swear!

7. The cast of characters, I mean co-workers.

I know each person by hearing their laugh from down the hall, by what they heat up in the microwave, by how many cups of coffee they drink, or by the way they walk in with a smile on their face every day ready to work. The microwave dilemma is real guys. But, I really do love this job. Even when paperwork piles up and deadlines stare me down like a dog waiting for a bowl of kibble. I love that I’ve been accepted into the office like family. Here’s to them!

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Stop Calling Your MLM A Small Business

It's okay to be a successful sales rep.

My father owns his own construction company. My mother is currently working on starting her own business. I’m insanely proud of both of my parents and their accomplishments, even if they are coming later in life.

I see the sacrifices and the dedication that my parents put out on a daily basis. My mother works her regular job. My father is constantly talking about his jobs and his contracts. So that’s why the “MLMs are small businesses” claim just bugs me.

I have friends who are entrepreneurs. They take out small business loans. They control how they market and what they sell. They don’t answer to anyone or any company.

People who sell multi-level marketing products constantly talk about supporting a small business. If you answer to a CEO, are beholden to marketing practices set by a company, answer to a superior (usually called an upline at MLM companies) and you can’t sell any other products then you do not own a small business, and yes, you have a boss. Your CEO and everyone above you is your boss.

You still have to answer to a compliance department and you aren’t allowed to open a storefront. You make your money off of social media.

I understand that moms want to stay home with their children and that college kids want extra money. Retiring at twenty-five sounds nice, but that just isn’t how the world works.

“I run my business on my phone.” I do too. I’m writing this article from my phone. I field queries from my laptop. I edit articles from the comfort of my bed. I know tons of people who are higher-ups in their companies and they have a VPN that allows them to work remotely. I publish my own content, control my paper and write whatever I want when I want. You don’t have to peddle mediocre supplements or drug store quality makeup to work from home.

I support real local businesses but the truth is if I buy your supplements then I’ll be supporting a big corporation that is probably publically traded. I’m here to support locals who create their own products or provide good services, but that doesn't mean I have to support Facebook sales reps for companies like Younique, Lularoe or Isagenix. If I like a company, like Tupperware or Pampered Chef, I'll buy, but supplements are just not something that I put into my body (I don't even eat added sugar, why would I ingest added anything?).

If you really love the product that's great. If you love your company, that's also great. I wish a good company on anyone, but please stop calling yourself an entrepreneur or a business owner. There's no shame in being successful as a sales rep.

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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.


Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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