New Job? Don't Know How to Work the Copier? What Now?

It is your first day on the job at a new office with new coworkers and a new position. While you are excited, you do not feel as technology savvy as your fellow co-workers. The nightmare begins: Your boss asks you to copy off a document. You never got along with copiers. Don’t panic! Instead of making the copier your arch-nemesis, turn that enemy into a friend. Learning what makes it tick and how you copy sheets will not present half the difficulty you believe.Questions

What happens when you hit the start button? The answer relates to static electricity. Sound impossible? When you use toner, it is this fine black powder that has been charged with static electricity. With the drum in the copier, the toner develops a charge that sticks to the drum. The drum uses a selective charge that places toner on certain sections of the paper to create a picture.

That’s the process, but how do you work a copier? First, you have to approach the copier with a learner’s mindset. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this.” say, “I don’t know how this works, but I’m going to learn how.” While it may take some time, do not be afraid to have someone demonstrate it to you. The reason a lot of people struggle with technology is because they believe they are inherently bad with technology. That does not have to be the case.