Your first day

Alright, it’s your first day in the office, how exciting! Usually that’ll be a Monday and everything might be a little chaotic at the start of the week—not to worry though, follow these simple steps and everything will be fine!

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Our office in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Settle in at your desk

Most likely Sophie will show you where you’ll sit, so get comfortable! In most cases the seating plan is arranged in a way that puts you close to others working on the same project, so you’ll have plenty to talk about.

Set up your computer

You probably received an email with instructions on how to set up your company Gmail address. Once you have access, you’ll find invitations to many more services … shared calendars, Slack, Dropbox, etc. Take your time to set those up and when in doubt: ask your colleagues. If you’re a designer you might want to ask Lars or Sophie about additional software licenses, like the Adobe Creative Cloud or Sketch. If you’re a developer, the same goes for software like Transmit or Git Tower. Of course the company pays for those.

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You should get some of these, hopefully already on the first day.

Set up your email signature

It’s unbelievably annoying to do that, so ask a colleague to help you. 🙃

Explore some Slack channels

Slack is our main tool or internal communication and … We. Have. A. Lot. Of. Channels. 😵

C O F F E E 🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♀️ (aka. the kitchen guide)

By now you’re probably in need of some caffeine, or tea or a glass of water. All that can be found in the kitchen:

  • Coffee: At some point this wiki will contain instructions on how to use our coffee machine, but for now you’ll have to rely on your colleagues. Don’t worry, everyone is helpful and will give you a barista crash course, so you’ll slurp your first americano or cappuccino in no time. For those sensitive to milk: We have dairy and oat milk, just look in the fridge.
  • Tea: Coffee is not everyone’s cup of tea, so we have a large selection of those in one of the kitchen cabinets, along with a tea pot.
  • Water: We have sparkling and still water in these obnoxiously green bottles. Feel free to take them to your desk and stay hydrated! 
  • Drinks: In the fridges you’ll find fizzy drinks like lemonade, Club Mate or cola. Indulge yourself, it’s on us!
  • Breakfast: There’s müsli and fruits in the kitchen … help yourself!

In the evenings somebody has to clean the coffee machine, so we have a weekly cleaning duty schedule. Chances are it’s not gonna be you during your first week, so don’t worry too much about it. That being said, we do ask you to take any cups, plates or bowls you used back into the kitchen, putting them into the dish washer. Thank you! 👌

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Often people bring food back to the office and lunch together.

Going out for lunch?

Some smaller groups usually go out for lunch between noon and 12:30 and you’re welcome to join, but you can also explore the area on your own. Max H. compiled a handy lunch map, which you can find here. Otherwise just follow your colleagues.

If you’d rather bring your own food, we also have a microwave and a fully equipped kitchen, so cook away. Usually a couple of people stay inside anyways.

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Ready to do some work!

Most likely you’ve already been assigned to a project and somebody has given you an introduction. If not: sorry about that, please make yourself heard! You might also want to look at the list of tools we use, to not miss anything.

Track your time!

“Feierabend”, as the Germans call it, is nearing and we would kindly ask you to track your time in Harvest! They have really good desktop and mobile apps to make that easier and we also have their Slack extension installed, so it shouldn’t be too painful. If you’re unsure onto which jobs to log your hours, please ask a colleague!

Have a nice evening!

You made it through your first day, congratulations! We usually finish between 6pm and 7pm, so no all-nighters or crap like that. Enjoy your evening, get some rest or explore Berlin and we’re looking forward to welcome you back tomorrow! 🙌

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Lots to see in Berlin.

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Berlin still has comparatively cheap living costs.

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Kreuzberg, the district where our office is located.