Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Boss in Town

So today I'm not in an especially swimming mood ... It may have something to do with the constantly uninterrupted sleep thanks to standy-by last night.

That and I like my space in the early morning (7 - 8:30) while the office should be quiet with just a few early birds around. These days, the new people in my team seem overly keen (to arrive, not to actually do any work, mind you) and are all in between 7:15 & 7:45. Leaving me surrounded during my preferred quiet time. I need the space before I'm willing to face my colleagues. I know this may sound crazy, but I think it's probably something to do with the fact that it was just TheBrad and me for 2 years and now that we have 3 new people on our team, things are feeling a little crowded. Aaargh, the work balance between TheBrad and I was so easy, and I'm not really sure how long we took to build up this respect and faith that work the other person was doing was in safe hands ... I feel none of that for my new recruits. They're either too cocky or too slow and so far I'm just not seeing the benefits of expanding our team. Oh well, the most I can do is train them up and hope they show the competency required to take over the responsibilities. Apaprently this takes 6 to 12 months ... sheesh, who has that kind of time or patience?

To avert the issue this morning, I have moved to my bosses desk (in his absence). It is sufficiently far away for me to have my space yet close enough to assist them if necessary. Although I have a cunning plan to have the one who's been here slightly longer to actually train up the one who's just arrived. Well, just for this week at least while TheBrad is away too. My other plan is to give them more to do than they can manage for the week ... it keeps them out of my hair :) Wow, maybe I really do have potential to be in control ... I'm turning out to be more adept than I expected in that most "boss" of characteristics, delegation. It leaves my time free to blog :)

Anyway, on top of that, I was frustrated by traffic this morning ... no one driving in front of me seemed to show any sort of training (aside from a few weekends spent on the bumper-cars!) they were all very wary and drove at least 4 car lengths from the next car in front of them. This is very frustrating for me as I like to spend as little time as possible in traffic and having the person in front of me allowing everything in front of them with this ever widening gap just drives me nuts!

So here I am, ready for another day of playing boss.

Oh, and Varen came over after gym last night and we managed to watch another 2 episodes of Supernatural.


Richard said...

Ah yes, the pleasures of working with people that you don't particularly like. It goes a long way to driving us to insanity.

Have you ever considered moving in to the the office? Man, not having to drive would be so awesome.


phillygirl said...

@rainbowchild - clearly your office is far more desirable than mine based on your suggestion to even consider moving here. Although we do have showers, having the lights on 24/7 (it's a big corporate, okay) would be hell! Plus, I'd need more cupboard space even to consider it :)

Paha, it makes me laugh just to imagine it ... although I hear there are people who live in airports.

The Divine Miss M said...

I don't think you can ever escape not working with someone that you don't like. There is always one isn't there.

In my industry we're all so fake though so generally we all love each other sooooo much but then go through days of cursing the others name but then go back to loving each other like our new found best friend. It's all very sad.

I could live here. We have everything we could ever want. And I think that the lights go off at night too :P

Louisa said...

I feel your pain phillygirl. I also prefer to have some quiet time before I start my day and at the moment it seems impossible to get.

Just as I have a new co-worker trained up another one arrives. Very frustrating...

My solution is to pack a HUGE cup of coffee and leave home 10 minutes later so I have quiet time while stuck in traffic. Not ideal - but this is all I have at the moment.

SheBee said...


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