The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Tomous » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:33 am

Worked about 40 hours from Sunday 4pm to Tuesday evening for our year-end :dread:

Back in today and can barely focus on anything.

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Zilnad » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:42 am

That's really unhealthy.

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by Green Gecko » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:45 pm

Cuđđoolph wrote:
*<]:^D wrote:to work-haters - i had a similar decision to make as i was very unhappy in my past job.
work will never be 'fun' and what you want to all the time but it can and should be rewarding/feel like you have value.
before i became a teacher i tried to think about what part of my previous job and parts of my life felt good to do for me, and decided that teaching was the best fit.
im sure this wont work for everyone but i think that mindset switch from 'work should be fun' to 'work needs to be rewarding' really helped me decide and 1.5 years in im glad i changed careers

This is happening to me right now - a realisation that I'm either not suited to or won't be happy with the sole career path currently laid out in front of me, particularly after being knocked back for a promotion a few months ago. I've sort of fallen into this as a career rather than choosing it, and I've spent a few years trying to convince myself it's something I have a passion for when it probably isn't that true - likely to avoid trying to find something I'm truly passionate about for fear it can't be shoehorned into a traditional career.

I don't think I could hack teaching as a career though, I had a friend have a breakdown over the stress it caused him.

I can relate to this feeling of, "this isn't so bad, I can get excited about this". I've tried over the years to get excited about anything I do, just so that I don't feel miserable, and it took me many months (fortunately not years) to accept (and I had to see a psychologist etc) that it was just the wrong path for me. One of the things I am best at though (web design and development), took me even longer - about 10 years - to realise I was never going to be happy doing it professionally for actual real people (other than myself) because of all the managerial constraints and market conditions, and the physical working conditions of being tied to a computer and at a beckon call for downtime or bugs/problem/updates etc 24/7. Scale that to more than a handful of clients and it would have strawberry floating sucked. I certainly don't regret being resolute, but it hasn't come without it's own problems. Running a business is one of the hardest things anyone can do, and - besides accruing fixed assets, reviews and brand value etc - I haven't really made any money. But I am not desperately sad and anxious all the time, deep down, which is no way to be.

In an ideal world, I should probably be pursuing academia in the arts, having completed a PhD by now, but it is just so expensive for the decent schools (figured out once it would cost about £40k in real terms to stay in London and study at one of the top schools I deserve to be in like RCA or Royal Academy etc, or maybe LCC for sound art stuff), I cannot afford the burden of a professional development loan or anything like that.

I saw that kind of scenario unfolding in the past and tried to think of a smooth way out of it and unfortunately there just wasn't one, I was doing 2 very different jobs at the same time so the only way was to crash out, which is very scary. It always took an outside opinion, like a doctor or a business assessment panel, to tell me the truth that I needed to hear to set me on a different course. I'd certainly recommend speaking about these things to someone impartial who isn't emotionally invested in the existing career path to help decide with you what is is you want rather than what you think you have to keep doing because that's "the way it is" (can't stand that phrase now, if anyone utters that I can't help but feel they're pretty stupid because it is just not true a lot of the time, things can be changed).

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by Rocsteady » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:04 pm

I'm struggling a bit at work atm. Got promoted 6 months ago and have already been put forward for the next level (company only promotes in June).

Problem is I'm already doing the work at that next level as the managing consultant has just left and I'm struggling to fill her shoes. It's not so much workload currently as skill level. She obviously believed in me and the client has said they're happy for me to take over ( not that they have much choice) but at a strategic level I'm clearly not up to her. Shes worked almost 20 years more in the industry than I have and I'm very worried about not being able to provide anything like the same level of service.

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by Dual » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:10 pm

Rocsteady wrote:I'm struggling a bit at work atm. Got promoted 6 months ago and have already been put forward for the next level (company only promotes in June).

Problem is I'm already doing the work at that next level as the managing consultant has just left and I'm struggling to fill her shoes. It's not so much workload currently as skill level. She obviously believed in me and the client has said they're happy for me to take over ( not that they have much choice) but at a strategic level I'm clearly not up to her. Shes worked almost 20 years more in the industry than I have and I'm very worried about not being able to provide anything like the same level of service.


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by Drumstick » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:13 pm

Rocsteady wrote:I'm struggling a bit at work atm. Got promoted 6 months ago and have already been put forward for the next level (company only promotes in June).

Problem is I'm already doing the work at that next level as the managing consultant has just left and I'm struggling to fill her shoes. It's not so much workload currently as skill level. She obviously believed in me and the client has said they're happy for me to take over ( not that they have much choice) but at a strategic level I'm clearly not up to her. Shes worked almost 20 years more in the industry than I have and I'm very worried about not being able to provide anything like the same level of service.

First thing's first: nobody should expect you to be able to fill her shoes given your relevant inexperience and I doubt your company feels this way.

What you should note though, given the company has given their blessing to you filling her post, is that they believe you can do it. That's massive. They won't expect you to be up to her standard immediately or any time soon, but if you are concerned about that then you should have the conversation. Don't pass the opportunity up though without giving it your best.

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Rocsteady » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:55 am

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Rocsteady wrote:I'm struggling a bit at work atm. Got promoted 6 months ago and have already been put forward for the next level (company only promotes in June).

Problem is I'm already doing the work at that next level as the managing consultant has just left and I'm struggling to fill her shoes. It's not so much workload currently as skill level. She obviously believed in me and the client has said they're happy for me to take over ( not that they have much choice) but at a strategic level I'm clearly not up to her. Shes worked almost 20 years more in the industry than I have and I'm very worried about not being able to provide anything like the same level of service.

First thing's first: nobody should expect you to be able to fill her shoes given your relevant inexperience and I doubt your company feels this way.

What you should note though, given the company has given their blessing to you filling her post, is that they believe you can do it. That's massive. They won't expect you to be up to her standard immediately or any time soon, but if you are concerned about that then you should have the conversation. Don't pass the opportunity up though without giving it your best.

Thanks. I've definitely got internal backing on it, I'm more just thinking from the client's perspective that they're going to be fully aware they've been passed to a person less adept at planning their strategy.

I'll definitely work at it without passing it to someone else. Think I'm just feeling the pressure at the moment.

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by pjbetman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:26 am

Squinty wrote:
Zilnad wrote:I wear four layers to keep warm at work and I still wish I could keep my coat on. :lol:


I wear 3 layers to work. 2 in the office is acceptable. Wish I could keep my hat on sometimes to be honest, but the big boss of my place hates it, so I gotta make do.


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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Tomous » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:27 am

I wear one layer or two when I haven't ironed my shirt.


So mainly two.

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by Drumstick » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:35 am

I rarely wear a second layer. I have my fan on most of the time even in winter.

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Jenuall » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:37 am

One layer in summer/autumn, two in the colder months of the year.

I never get people who wear a t-shirt under a shirt, you seem to see it a lot in US TV shows where office workers will have something on under their work shirt. It just looks uncomfortable and would make me way too hot most of the time!

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Squinty » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:50 pm

My mate sometimes wears a jumper with nothing under it. This is weird.

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by Moggy » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:53 pm

Squinty wrote:My mate sometimes wears a jumper with nothing under it. This is weird.


What's weird about that? :lol:

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by OrangeRKN » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:54 pm

Definitely weird

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Tomous » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:00 pm

For those moments when you'd be too cold in a t-shirt and too warm in a t-shirt-jumper combo

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Jenuall » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:03 pm

A jumper is a secondary layer and should only ever be worn atop an appropriate base layer. :capnscotty:

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Tomous » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:05 pm

No reason not to do it if you're comfortable though.

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Jenuall » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:07 pm

That's the kind of talk that ends with people thinking it's acceptable to wear shoes without socks. :dread:

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Tomous » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:07 pm

*No reason not to do it if you're comfortable and it looks good though

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PostRe: The Work Thread 2 - Get back to work!
by Moggy » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:10 pm

I never knew people had such strong feelings over wearing jumpers with no layer underneath. :lol:

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