Social work culture

I love the people at my job. I am finding ways of fitting in in my own way.

To put it into perspective a bit: one lady has a very flirtatious relationship with all of the men. They all recognize that she is very good looking (even I do). This is very similar with the other two ladies that I work with regularly.

And I don’t fit into this trend.

Let me rephrase. I’m not a girl who puts in a lot of effort into my appearance. Which (in my mind) makes me one of the less attractive girls at work. Yet at my job, they haven’t seemed to hold this against me. These people have accepted how I roll out of bed, put on my uniform and then head to work. I don’t see the point of putting on make-up. I don’t straighten my hair. I am a very “au naturel” type of person and the people at my work include me in the work antics.

I’m not overly talkative at work so far. That will take time and that will happen naturally as I work there more often. But I’m thankful so far for the efforts people have put in.

I’m starting to successfully integrate into the social side of my work. I think this is partly due to my sense of self – I am not going to go outside of who I am just to fit into some culture. And I also think it’s because these people accept people who show ability to do the job.

I found out on Friday that I was chosen as one of the two people to take a full time position. And it was announced to the floor today. And so far, everyone has been very supportive.

Then again, I would be very shocked if someone told me to my face that I wasn’t well suited for the job. Yet, with the amount of support and congratulations that I’ve received from the members of the floor so far, I feel very welcomed and like I belong. I hope that it’s only the beginning of further social integration success.

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