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Head, Meet Wall

As expected, I found out this afternoon which option Senior Consultant prefers.

He'd rather have an extra piece of paper to be recycled than have a letter go out that he hasn't totally agreed with.


And, the answer to the question du jour is 'How on earth are one part timer and one full timer not familiar with the role supposed to fill in for two absent full timers as well as fulfill their own job descriptions?'

(Short answer: They can't, because my colleague and I tried today, very hard. )

My new line manager is now somewhat concerned because I have reverted to monosyllabic comments and grunts when I'm not on the phone. She does not yet know that I would rather like her to Go Away and Stop Asking Me How I Am, Please. I'm doing my best to fight the internal demons that suggest I have been dumped on from a great height, because actually, this is likely to become my life until the staffing issues and sickness sort themselves out. I am also very close to telling her that I have figured out the answer to the departmental equivalent of Life, Love, the Universe and Everything.

Clue: It's not 42.

It's more like asking for an effective team of four: three full timers (including me) and one part timer. That we don't have at present, because the current staffing mix does not allow leeway for anyone to coast. Senior Consultant was most put out earlier when I pointed out to him that he needed to talk to my line managers before asking me to undertake any more work for him. It has been noticed that he likes my abilities and seems to want me to dep in for his absent secretary for now. I only wish I could, but there is the small matter of an audit submission in 70 working days which I am expected to have a ton of input into. Numbers of hours in available days do not permit both Senior Consultant's work and audit requirements.

My line manager has put in for a temporary administrator to answer the phones, and maybe type the letters or at least deal with the faxes and errands. She might be lucky, or maybe not, according to how the dice fall. Meantime I am working 8am-5.30pm or later, then coming home on the 6.30pm bus back to the village, here to cook supper, sort eBay listings and generally deal with other requirements. Laundry has been shunted to a weekend job unless I remember to put a load in the night before for Mr C to run when he arrives home some 2 hours before me. Washing up the dishes is a cause of strife as neither of us seem to get round to it. Ironing is already outsourced so that's not an issue.

So forgive me my absences and unread articles, because other things are taking my time right now.

Oh, and the roast we tried to make tonight was a bit of a disaster. Not often Mr C disagrees with our joint efforts at cooking, but he was not happy tonight, so I found myself with some extra housework just now.

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MegL wrote on January 26, 2016, 4:41 PM

That sounds like a nightmare at work! Sorry to hear it.

WordChazer wrote on January 26, 2016, 4:48 PM

Work has definitely been better, that's a given. Unfortunately our very capable new colleague has been off sick for the last week or so and is likely to be off awhile longer. There is talk of her becoming Senior Consultant's patient rather than his secretary, which is rather worrying.

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MegL wrote on January 26, 2016, 4:52 PM

Oh dear. Not good. I hope she recovers without having to see the senior consultant!

markgraham wrote on January 26, 2016, 5:30 PM

Work before pleasure work and chores. Chores can usually wait for awhile and you must do what you go to do.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 26, 2016, 5:37 PM

Hope everyone gets to feeling better fast

WordChazer wrote on January 26, 2016, 5:42 PM

Work eat sleep repeat work eat sleep repeat. Writing is an optional extra which I have to fight for time to do (on the bus or in a few minutes around everything else). Chores get done while I'm thinking about writing. I've just managed to complete some of the washing up while considering how to write an app review, for instance.

markgraham wrote on January 26, 2016, 5:43 PM

That's the way you do it.

WordChazer wrote on January 26, 2016, 5:49 PM

Me too! The worst affected of this whole thing likely to be me, as I'm well out of my comfort zone and trying to keep too many people happy at the same time. I would like our new young colleague back, if at all possible, but I would rather she also took the time to recover fully from whatever nasty lurgy/virus she has. We don't need it in the office, whatever it is, especially as the other absentee is rather prone to catching bugs and seems to have a low immunity, shall we say. Some people do, some don't. My flu jab is holding up well again this year, and so far any virii I have been in contact with have run away scared before taking me on. I have only had one season where I was sick every month and that was my first winter here, where I had 6 colds in 6 months and finished off with norovirus 2 weeks before completing a Half Marathon...!

Deepizzaguy wrote on January 26, 2016, 6:24 PM

I can relate to working on my house cleanings duties which limit my time to write articles for this website.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 26, 2016, 8:23 PM

You have quite lot coming at you at work. It is much like what I hear from my wife about her office. Too much tasking and not enough staffing. If I were in any other profession besides teaching, I might have some sympathy for her. Being a substitute parent, nurse, psychologist, counselor, confidant, and teacher to 80-90 kids a day doesn't leave me with much sympathy where being over tasked is the question.

HappyLady wrote on January 26, 2016, 11:19 PM

So sorry work is so stressful just now. It sounds like everyone needs to sit down and have a meeting to sort it all out.

WordChazer wrote on January 27, 2016, 2:32 PM

I would like to have time to complet my house cleaning duties, trust me! Right now I need to go and write a 400 word article.

WordChazer wrote on January 27, 2016, 2:35 PM

I feel for our Senior Consultant. He had just started to get somewhere with our new colleague in terms of showing her how he likes letters, then she went off sick. The other colleague...well...I'd better not incriminate myself by giving my honest opinion of her abilities and skills. Ahem.

WordChazer wrote on January 27, 2016, 2:38 PM

No can do, hon. One colleague is seriously ill. The other absentee thinks the world revolves around her (and I won't even begin to list the ways she is likely to be infringing the professional code of conduct) and won't listen to anyone, no matter how senior. Myself and my part time colleague are just exhausted. I nearly had an argument with my new line manager this afternoon because I'm so sick of the situation.