New Girl at the Office


There’s a new girl at the office. Her name is Janet Simons. Seems the boss hired her from a resume she sent out on the Internet. The boss really liked her assertiveness and thought she would be a great asset to the office, but the rest of us think she is a bit on the wild side.

Janet spends a lot of time hanging out with the computer folks. She seems to think she can teach them a thing or two about programming. Nobody knows Janet’s background or where she came from exactly. The personnel office is still checking her out, the boss told us. She did mention that we might know a distant cousin of hers named Melissa. We couldn’t place the name.

Janet’s main skill seems to be her ability to send email. That gal can get a message out to every address in an entire mailbox before you can blink an eye. While the rest of the office is hanging around the coffee pot waking up from the holiday weekend or attending a meeting, as usual, trying to figure out what to do about the latest virus, Janet is busy working on the system files and upgrading them to be sure that they meet her standards. She is quite efficient at it too.

Janet will probably not last long around here. I’ve already heard some mumblings from the computer security folks about wanting to get rid of her. Guess she is making them look bad, a new kid like her who seems to be able to worm her way right in. Heck, the way things go around here, she will probably be in charge before we know it, though. That’s the way it seems to go; bring somebody in off the sidewalk and the next thing you know they are running the place. She definitely does have the sort of take-charge disposition that managers are always looking for.

Janet has a great personality, of course. Wouldn’t ya know it? Brains and personality too. She networks with all the right people and seems to be able to gain their trust. She is able to introduce herself in a way that causes people to open right up to her even when they don’t know a thing about her. She seems to be a real “go getter” too.

Some of us are getting a bit suspicious of her. There is something that is not exactly right that we can’t quite figure out. The boss thinks we are jealous and has directed us to be friendly, however, and to help her learn her way around the system. He has a lot on his mind these days, of course. There seems to be a major problem with our information system and nobody can figure out exactly what it is.

Janet is probably going to move on to another job soon. Some of my friends told me that she had been sending out more resumes by email. I’m not sure how it is that all my friends seem to know so much about her. Guess she is looking for something bigger and better than this place. Can’t say that I blame her. She is the ambitious type, that’s for sure. I knew she would not be satisfied for long just hanging around here.

Seems our office computer system is infected with a major virus, so I guess I better shut down now before it spreads. Funny, as soon as a new anti-virus software upgrade was mentioned, Janet gave notice that she would be leaving. She hasn’t been around here very long, so she probably found employment elsewhere that is better suited to her qualifications. We are going to miss Janet when she is gone. I have a feeling it will be a long time before she is forgotten, though.

©2000 Sheila Moss

About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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4 Responses to New Girl at the Office

  1. energywriter says:

    Funny! Every office seems to have one. sd

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Well she never gave a like or visit to my blog so I am not the least bit impressed.
    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Sam and Janet
    Sam and Janet who?
    Sam and Janet evening you will see….

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