I’m halfway done with my 1st week in Bangkok, and things are going great so far. Without going into much detail (because I haven’t figured out yet how much I can say without getting fired), I’m super excited about everything we have planned for both my team and my department.
It has only been 3 days, so of course I’m still going through an adjustment period. A few of the things I have to get used to:
1. My work schedule is fixed at 9am-6pm. I haven’t ever had a regular day job, and whenever I’ve had to work the morning shift it has always been a one-off thing, so I’m finding my new work hours a bit surreal. There’s some flexibility, but when 95% of the people you work with keep that schedule (I’m not kidding, by 6pm practically all senior leadership is out the door), it just helps if you work the same hours.
2. No overtime is expected, required, or necessary. There are lots of things to do, yes, but if things can’t be completed today, there’s always tomorrow. You just have to be more efficient so you can meet your deadlines without having to extend. It’s different to be in a company where extending beyond 9 hours is frowned upon.
3. I have way more flexibility and creativity to run my team the way I’d like it to be run. To a certain degree I had that in my previous jobs too, but now I feel that there are way less limits. Since we’re both in-house and organizationally flat, things get done much faster too, and there’s less if hardly any need to get approvals in place before you start on something.
My favorite new thing to get used to: if there is any business travel that requires a flight longer than 8 hours, the flight is required to be on business class. I am seriously looking forward to that, and it seems that I will have a minimum of 2 or 3 such trips this year.
The next few days and weeks are going to be quite busy as I need to get trained on all the products and processes. I need to find an apartment to live in too, and figure out other essential stuff like where to buy groceries and get my laundry done and all that fun stuff. I’ll blog as much as I can, but it might be a while before I have enough time to add a post everyday. In the meantime, just know that things are awesome.