These are never fun, no fun for the person handing over who has someone perched on their shoulder all day and can’t check hotmail or enjoy the shortcuts that come with a stable working environment.

No fun either for the temp who sits on edge hoping to have something to do and tip-toeing over the easiest of tasks.  Photocopy this?  Easy in a normal setting but during a handover the buttons change into hieroglyphs only to revert back immediately when help arrives. 

You stand there warmed by both the paper in your hand and the shame. 

I’ve got a handover tomorrow, the questions I genuinely want to ask “what is he/she like to work with” “can I check hotmail” and the like are relegated to the sidelines. 

On the upside I get to people watch and play Switzerland for the invariable office politics which will surface after the second day.