In the past two weeks of my internship I have learned a lot from interacting with my officemates and supervisor. One experience that was really eye opening for me was going to Wimbledon with my officemates. This allowed me to see how employees act at an out of work function. The staff really all treated each other like family, which included me. They are all generally very friendly in the office to begin with, so being out of the office did not feel very different. As discussed in the readings this week, a hierarchy exists in America where position in the company is accompanied by a sort of image. In the London Sports Trust office it is hard to tell the difference between my site supervisor and a regular employee based on their images and behaviors. Attitudes and personalities did not really change outside of the office, which I feel may be different in America. It may also be a characteristic of working in a small, non-profit organization. Either way, it is very nice to feel like I am a part of the team and the family even though I am only an intern here for the summer.
I transcribed a meeting my boss had recorded in which an inappropriate work situation was discussed. I know that dealing with issues and adversity in the workplace is something that will occur in all offices around the world. Seeing how my boss dealt with the situation with a level head taught me a lot about handling difficult situations in a professional manner.
Bear Down Wimbledon!