The Government Way of Work Life

May 4, 2014  |  My Life, Rants, Work

So the day is finally here, today on the #StarWarsHoliday #MayTheFourth I began my first day of work in the government sector. After spending almost 6 years in the private sector this is kind of a downgrade if only because of the incomprehensible way of doing things. The journey to finish my papers and start was not that long but not that short as well.

First step was to come to work by 8:00 AM (I arrived at 7:29 AM and decided to have breakfast at the coffee shop down below). When it was 8:00 AM I went upstairs to the Human Resources Department where I found out that the employees who were to process our papers weren’t there yet and they didn’t show up until 8:15 AM.

I filled out my papers and was asked to take a document to the department where I would be starting and get it signed from my manager.

Second Step was to sign my papers and take them back to the HR Department. I completed that step in less than 5 minutes hehe they were shocked by how fast it took me to go between floors and such.

Third Step was to go to the other HR floor and get the original copy of my Work Declaration (not sure if that is what it is called by it is basically a Work Contract). The ladies who would give me that paper weren’t there, they told me she might arrive at 11-ish.

Fourth Step was to go back to the floor where I would start and have them add my fingerprint to the attendance system. That lady wasn’t there yet therefore I was asked to wait.

Instead of waiting and wasting more time I took the chance to go to the Man Power Government Program to remove my name from the Unemployed list so as not to get in trouble. I finished and came back at 11:00 AM and was able to find everyone I needed to see to complete Steps 3 and 4.

After selecting the desk where I was to sit, I waited for the IT guys to give me my username and password and it has yet to be done but all in all I have half an hour left of the work day and then I off to home.

Did I do anything useful today? Absolutely not! I just woke up early and spent the day walking around getting papers done only to end up not even knowing what I am supposed to do here.

All in all, this is going to be an interesting journey. I wonder what is in store for me :P

P.S. At least I can now post on my blog when I am insanely bored and have nothing to do which might be quite often.

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I am a Kuwaiti Apple and gadget girl freak, who gets bored of her blog layouts so much that I change them like I crazy. Currently I work in a newspaper and if you don't see me around I'm being sucked into my job reviewing TV Shows and APPS! This is my space where I vent and release everything, welcome to it.

2 Comments


  1. Ah! The inner workings of a Kuwaiti governemnt office. I really look forward to hearing more about this wondorous world, if for nothing more than an anthropological study. Although a bit of caution may be required, this could be contrary to the terms of your work contract; confidentiality and such. But it would be a beautiful title ‘Kuwait Confidential’ or something like that.

    • I’m not sure what could be contrary to my “work contract terms” as I did not mention names or anything specific, all I did was describe a typical day of running around to get some work done. Something that is common to all government ministries whether you are an employee or just an average joe trying to finish your papers. But thanks for your comment nonetheless.