Half of my job is being an Office Manager. The title is a little deceiving considering there are no other admin employees–that is, I don’t manage anyone, I just manage everything. I order supplies, answer phones, make copies, take care of any and all mailings, the list goes on and on.
Since there is no in-house I.T. support, I’m also the designated I.T. person and am called on to help with most every technical problem in the office whether it’s computer nonsense, hardware nonsense, software nonsense, cloud nonsense, phone nonsense, or A/V nonsense. Though I’ve learned quite a bit, and my natural adaptability has aided me in this unexpected role (for example, I now know how to mail absolutely anything anywhere in any USPS way using a Pitney Bowes machine–do you have any idea how intimidating those machines can be?), I still feel more often than not like Jen from The I.T. Crowd. Yesterday I was given the task of resetting not the DSL modem but the cable modem and it was imperative that I reset the right one and not the wrong one because resetting the wrong one would mess up the entire system 100 employees were working on and as I stared at the two identical black flashing light boxes, I felt as though I were holding the entire internet in my hands.
If you haven’t watched The I.T. Crowd, you need to. It’s on Netflix. If you’re not American, then based on my site stats for this blog, you’re probably from the UK where you’ve seen it already. If you’re Canadian, I’m sure we can work something out.
P.S. – Can I even tell you how skeezed out I was by Chris O’Dowd on the last episode of Girls? I kind of wanted to cry.