Patient and friendly workplace
Part-time Office Assistant, Toronto, ON - February 4, 2016
My main job involved filing and data entry as an office assistant. Filing encompassed organize documents consistently for easy access, then physically filing them by company. Data entry involved inputting sales data in spreadsheets, creating new files due to new contracts with companies, enter dimensions and weights of products, typing up meeting notes, and more. Near the end my job as "office assistant who does filing and data entry" became "office assistant who does filing, data entry, and odd jobs" - there was always something to do.
Human resources would assign me to someone in the office who had said they needed an assistant. Co-workers were friendly and patient, especially when instructing me for new tasks. It varied between people, but most would ask if I could repeat what they had told me to do, and if I had any questions or concerns. They would also check if I had taken my break or had lunch, and if I was having lunch or taking a break, would include me in conversations.
The hardest part of the job was its tediousness - filing and data entry alone could take up a full work day, and the only variation would be the data to read or enter. However, co-workers helped to make it an enjoyable job. I never once felt insignificant, unappreciated, or uncomfortable.
From these experiences I re-affirmed that it's okay to ask questions and ask for help, especially for new tasks. I learned efficient ways to adapt to unexpected jobs without feeling overwhelmed. I got comfortable asking if people wanted my take on tasks and if I could help them instead of waiting for them to ask me. It also greatly improved my handwriting!