Reflections on being an office administrator

I have a new job! I left my life as an office administrator behind at the beginning of the week so I thought now would be a good time to share my reflections on the last three years as I have had a lot of thoughts about being in admin recently. I am probably going to get my sass out a little bit for this post so excuse me for that.

First of all, I ended up loving the job a heck of a lot more than I ever expected. There was so much variety. Helping people from all over the company gave me a little taste for what different jobs involve and allowed me to learn things in many different areas – HR, marketing, finance, events, etc.

Then there’s the down side… the comments from people like, “How do feel about Tessa working in admin, Sam?” (said in a hugely condescending tone). Rude. It’s no worse than any other job, and requires a lot more skill than you’d think, not to mention a butt load of patience. Also, what if I like working in admin? (which I did!).

For the first two years, I loved what I was doing. I liked to be able to provide for people quickly and efficiently and I found the role pretty fulfilling, but as the third year rolled around (probably the time I really should have looked for a new job), I developed a bad attitude. Suddenly I felt like a servant, people would ask me to do little things that (from my point of view) they should have been able to do themselves. Sometimes it would take them longer to explain to me what they wanted doing than it would to actually do the task itself! One morning I was asked to cut up some slice for a morning tea in the office. I had just finished cutting it all and stacking it neatly on the plate when they told me that they wanted the pieces cut slightly smaller so could I please cut them all in half.


ANYWAY. It got me thinking… while it was frustrating being interrupted so often when I had other work to be getting on with… it was actually my job. The interruptions are just part of admin life. Also, I was being paid for it – it’s not like I was being oppressed or anything!

The other thought I had was – how would I react if Christ was asking me to do this task, I would do it willingly and not think twice right? I think these verses pretty much gave me the reprimanding I needed:

“Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23)

“Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matt 25:40)

Serve others like you are serving Christ.

The last thing I’ll say is, I think a role like this makes you a lot more appreciative and thankful when you are asking other people to do things for you. Just like working in customer service – you are a lot more patient waiting at a till if you know what it’s like to be behind the till!

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