Monday, September 13, 2010

A New Norm?

I survived my first week of work.  Well it was a short week, but still, I made it.  It was actually a nice feeling, to be back at work.  I have so much to learn, and I have some pretty major projects coming up.  I will be very busy starting next week.  But I am excited about the projects I will be working on.

This new company is very strict about their security.  I can't access my mail on Yahoo or Gmail.  I didn't even bother trying to read any blogs.  They have a "clean desk" policy.  No work related stuff can be left out on your desk after hours, including documents, email, print outs, etc.  Not even the org chart.  You have to either take your laptop home with you, or lock it up in your cabinet.  They do audit walkthroughs.  If they find your laptop sitting out at your desk after hours, they confiscate it.  Yeah, no messing around.

Needless to say, I have not check any blogs, nor updated mine.  I'm still trying to get into a more "normal" bedtime routine.  I'm not used to getting up early for work anymore since I stopped working.  I'm still working on it!  I'm also trying out different times to leave the house in the morning to work around traffic for my commute.  So far, it has not been too bad, around 35 - 45 minutes.

Today, I took a quick peek at my medical benefits.  Yup, there is a $10,000 lifetime benefit on fertility drugs.  I think there is also a $10,000 coverage for fertility treatments too, but I don't remember for sure.  At this point, we won't be pursuing any treatments.  The earliest, if we decided to do anymore treatments, will be 2011.

So, work is starting be a new norm for me.  A good thing, I guess.

34 comments:

  1. Wow that is some super strict policy, it must take you a while just to have everything off your desk every evening! I am happy to hear you are enjoying your work and that it is as interesting as you thought!

    Great news about the infertility drugs and possibly the treatments, that is one amazing benefit most of us can only dream of, so good on you!!

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  2. Wow that is a great benefit! Glad things are going well at your new job!

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  3. I am also waiting for 2011 to start back up on treatments! What a difference insuance makes!

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  4. So happy that your transition is going well. You should be so proud of yourself for your accomplishments, as going back to work is a big step after now working. Kudo's to you!

    As for the benefits, that is wonderful. I truly believe some things are just meant to be and this job is meant to be...the benefits are a BONUS :)

    Much Love and have a good rest of the week
    xxx

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  5. Glad your first week went well, sounds serious there! Praying you continue to enjoy it and letting you know that I'm super jealous of your fertility coverage :) I think that is an amazing blessing! I'll bet you look so cute in your new work clothes!!!

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  6. Yeah, that company is STRICT about security, but I'm glad you are enjoying your new job so far!

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  7. I would kill for a $10,000 fertility credit line- you are surely lucky for this....waiting for the day when insurance companies are REQUIRED to help out! Sounds like you have some strict rules, but at least it sounds like a safe environment to work in.

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  8. I'm glad your first week back to work went well. I'm so happy you have fertility coverage. Can't wait until you start cycling next year!

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  9. Wow! They mean business. How do you get your laptop back? Is it like camp and you have to sing in front of the whole office? Man...that's intense! Woohoo for coverage!!! That's awesome.

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  11. Wow that's crazy about your job. Awesome coverage though, I'd do anything to have benefits like that! Hope getting into a new routine gets easier. Best wishes for your next week of work.

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  12. I would not do well at your company! I'm SUPER right brained, so I always have stuff spread out all over my desk!!!! It drives my type-A husband crazy, because I'm like that at home too. I just like to see everything! And I can (almost) always find it!

    ICLW

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  13. Happy ICLW!!

    I am glad your first week went well!!

    And that is great news about the benefits!!!

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  14. oh wow I have never heard of anything that strict! I don't know how any of us in here would cope if we had to have a "clean desk" ours are always piled to the ceiling!
    But hey those benefits sound fantastic :) Enjoy the new job.

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  15. Best of luck in your new job. I hope you are very happy. It sounds like good news on the fertility coverage.

    Happy ICLW

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  16. New jobs suck, it takes time to get used to them, but it sounds like it'll be really worth it. Good luck to you :) xxx

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  17. Congratulations on surviving your first week of work!

    ICLW

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  18. I don't know how I'd survive 8 hours of work every day without checking my email. You're a strong woman! ;)

    ICLW

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  19. My old job had a no personal email, no blogging, no nothing. Starting this job was like a breath of fresh air :)

    ICLW #141

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  20. Congrats on your new job. It will get easier. Good luck.

    ICLW #79

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  21. Congrats on your new job! Also, double-congrats on having some IF coverage on your insurance. Most of us would give our eye teeth just for a little bit of that!

    Happy ICLW ~#42

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  22. The benefits sounds brill, suppose that's a good trade off for them being slightly anal about their clean desk policy - which is super weird if you ask me!!

    iclw
    #19 rach @ the miss ruby
    my iclw post this month -
    http://themissruby.blogspot.com/2010/09/iclw-edition-of-learning-to-trust-life.html

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  23. Congratulations on the new job and benefits!

    iclw

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  24. Congrats on the job - it stinks that you can't access your stuff but I understand why! It also sounds like you have great benefits as well. :) I hope 2011 brings you great news!

    ICLW #115
    http://lovelyladybump.blogspot.com/

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  25. Glad work is going good. Yay to infertility coverage!

    Happy ICLW

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  26. Happy ICLW! Congratulations on the new job and benefits!

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  27. Congrats on the new job and *wow* about the benefits! Although I know it doesn't mean decided to do another IVF is a simple matter. So sorry for you IVF BFNs....we've had a few, too.

    ICLW

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  28. I haven't worked in an office in so many years that I didn't know there were such places as that, with "clean desk" policies and blocked emails. Do people really have such bad work habits that those are necessary? Do they have a dress code too?

    It sounds like you are going through a serious transition but you have a good attitude about it. I wish you lots of good luck in your new job and with everything.

    Lisa (ICLW #86)

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  29. So glad things are going well at work - and I totally get the whole "work is the new norm" thing. It's kind of nice to be preoccupied with something other than innards for a while.

    I'm sorry your journey has been so incredibly difficult. I hope you find peace in the routine of work - and have a very bright future no matter what it holds.

    Happy ICLW!

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  30. Hope you are finding your new norm. Transititions can be tough, but I always come out better on the other side of them.

    ICLW!

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  31. Hope your new job is going well!

    ICLW #49

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  32. sounds like the new job is going well - the whole clean desk thing would take some getting used too - mine is always piled full of stuff!!

    *ICLW

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  33. My company has similar benefits, though only $2500 for the meds....needless to say one IVF maxed us out and then some. BUT anything is better than nothing :)

    Good luck at the new job!

    ICLW #90

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  34. Catching up...been a busy two weeks!!!! Glad that work seems to be going well and that you are able to get into somewhat of a routine. I know not what you were praying for, but you are blooming where planted and I pray there's satisfaction for you in that...even if just a little!
    xoxoxo

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