April 14, 2009

A weird(?) thing that’s been happening at work

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 3:53 pm

Ever since I got this new position earlier this year, when I run into other admins, they always ask “How are you doing? How are you holding up?” They all think I’m swamped with work and that I’m supporting SO MANY people, and they’re all “heavy hitters”. I support five people, and maybe the VP can be a little demanding, but the others are cake. I would say that 25% of the time I’m busy, maybe a little busier than I was before, but not much, and the rest of the time I’m still doing all the slacking I used to do. It makes me wonder if I’m not actually doing my job (I might say there are a few things that I could possibly take some initiative with, but I don’t really care to, as I know they’re going to fall on my lap anyway sooner or later) or if I just do everything a lot faster than everyone else. I mean, how long is it supposed to take to schedule a meeting? You find out what it’s about and who’s supposed to be invited, you find an available time, you block a meeting room if necessary - what, 15 minutes if no one has any availability and you need to start calling/e-mailing other admins to see if there’s flexibility in schedules? Half the time I take longer to do stuff because I just don’t feel like doing it at the moment. For example, I have receipts I have to copy and send in, but I’d rather write this post. . . (Coincidentally, I had asked someone to switch something over for me so that I could get something accomplished, but instead of switching it over, the person [who is legitimately busier than I am at the moment - she took over my old team and they are currently running her ragged] is just going to do it herself, despite my protests. Go accidental delegation!)

I’ve also been pondering something that I heard a long time ago, the idea that in the corporate world, people rise to the level of their incompetence. I feel like I may have risen to that level, but it’s not that I feel like I can’t do the work, I just don’t feel like doing it. But the net result is the same - I look incompetent. It’s not like I haven’t done work, or done something especially poorly, but I have the nagging suspicion that my general apathy towards my position is eventually going to bite me in the ass. And then, of course, I’ll be so disappointed that I didn’t get a stellar review for the first time in six years. In actuality, I really should have gotten some less than stellar reviews in the past, to be perfectly frank - imagine if your admin said to you “I’m not so good at taking minutes” when you know that they should be- wouldn’t you knock some points off their score? I’d tell my admin that he/she is full of shit, and if he/she doesn’t start to pay attention during meetings and take proper minutes, he/she should look for a new position. Then I as an admin would say “What difference do these minutes make anyway? No one bothers to read them. It’s just busy work.” Then Boss C would say “INSOLENCE! 50 LASHES, SWINE!” Then Admin C would get 50 lashes and wouldn’t like it one bit, so he’d go to HR and complain and eventually get Boss C fired for the lashing and for repeatedly saying that a dress is appropriate to wear in the office.

I digress. I’m going to go make those copies now. Or am I. . .

1 Comment »

  1. No, you’re totally fine. Whether you like it or not. No one is ever going to chastise you or kick you out at this point.

    My reading of the rising-to-your-level-of-incompetence adage is that if you’re truly an idiot, you get hired way up because no one wants to be your boss. So you get “promoted” off to some comfy office where no one has to deal with you, and occasionally you make decisions, and you make more money each year. I’ve seen it happen in every office situation I’ve worked in.

    Unfortunately, this is not you. Because you _are_ very competent. So slack some more! Your worst-performing day at the office is still a million times more on the ball than most people’s most-competent day. It’s depressing, but it’s true…

    Comment by Zora — April 14, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

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