The Staffing Issue…


It’s been close to a year since I started my current job.  It’s not my dream job in any sense or even an industry I ever saw myself working in, but in the end admin work is admin work.

Not to mention that it’s been good to finally work in a non-call centre environment for the first time in well over a decade.

But now I’m thinking it’s time for a change.  I’ve gotten this experience under my best, so hopefully it’ll allow me to find something that pays a bit more, and isn’t so far away from the city centre (I’ve never worked in central London in the almost 7 years I’ve lived here..).

So why the change?  Why now after all this time?

Well it’s all about staffing.

Since I started this job back in July, the only constants in my department have been my supervisor and myself.  In the past 8 months or so, we’ve gone through about 7 different people.. just to bring our department up to 3 (or 4) people.

After a couple is misfires, we’d gotten up 4 of us in December.. but both of them left over the holidays – one was fired just before Christmas, and the other quit the day before NYE.

468737-stressSo there we were, during our busiest time of the year, with just the two of us.

Eventually they hired someone new, but she had a month’s notice to complete at her old job so wasn’t due to start until February sometime.

A week before she was due to start, a department downstairs learned it was due to close, so two new guys were moved up to us.. without us even knowing they’d be joining our little group.

So of course once the originally hired girl started we’d gone from a team of 2 to a team of 5 within a week.. but ironically this wasn’t to last.

A month or so later one guy was moved to another department as we truly didn’t need 5 people in our section, and he was chosen because it was felt he’d fit the faster pace of that area.

Then a few weeks later one of the girls from a different department left unexpectedly while her supervisor was on holiday. So upon the supervisor’s return, management decided to move the girl over there – the one who’d originally been hired for our department.

And then there were three… until this past week when the remaining guy was moved to a similar department downstairs as they’d lost someone the week before.

And there’s no plans to replace him…

Crazy huh?

Don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy a busy, productive day like anyone.  And I’m the type of person who’d rather do the work myself to ensure it’s been done right.  I work hard and have gotten a lot of praise for what I’ve accomplished over the past 9 or 10 months.

And we can kind of manage with just the two of us.. hell, we’ve been doing it pretty much since I started, despite the huge backlog of filing. My supervisor and I are a lot alike in our work ethics, so we’ve been able to keep things going.  Barely.

I guess what truly gets me frustrated about the situation is how it seems every other department than our own is fully staffed.  And we’re once again left to fend for ourselves.

too much to do at workI suppose it would just be nice to work somewhere that gives everyone the support they need to complete their work, and always ensures any staffing deficiencies are filled as soon as possible.

All in all I think I’m just tired of having to repeatedly go through this situation.

Interestingly my own supervisor has told me I should start looking for something new, and has even suggested certain job-sites that specialise in administrative work.  Obviously she’s going to look around herself…

Not good.. but hopefully something positive will come out of it in the long run.

Like a job that isn’t in the middle of the suburbs.  LOL

2 thoughts on “The Staffing Issue…

  1. A Guy Without Boxers

    At least you can look for other job opportunities while you still have a job. You’re fortunate your supervisor was gave you the “heads up” on searching elsewhere. Good luck with the search! This won’t affect the upcoming nakation will it? Love and naked hugs! 🙂

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