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Working Through Change

Change is good. At least that’s what they tell us. Maybe if we were more open to the idea of change, and not be so resistant, we may be able to embrace whatever new and exciting thing was coming our way.

Today we sat through a three hour Professional Development session about “working through change” it was interesting, and really a lot of the principles apply to every aspect of life not just necessarily work.

The company I work for has recently gone through a merger, and although we are now over 6 months into the process the impact of the merger is only now starting to be felt in the organisation.

The recent budget has really hit hard and funding in many key areas has been cut, this no doubt will mean some restructure, possible contract renegotiation and even retrenchment.

I think we all realised this PD was a way of preparing us for the unsettling times ahead.

What I took away from this PD, something I have been telling my husband a lot lately, as he too struggles to adjust to a new position at work, is that work is only one part of our life, it is not our whole life. As long as we can focus on the fact that work is merely a means to an end we should be able to get through this merger relatively unscathed, well that’s my plan anyway.


I nearly died of embarrassment today..

I nearly died of embarrassment today!! At about 2pm I was putting some files away at work when when one of my colleagues approaches me and informs me that I have a massive split right up the middle of my pants. To make matters worse I was wearing black pants at work today with white underwear underneath!!

So all day long I have been walking around oblivious to the fact that I was flashing everyone my backside. Once the initial horror passed I assessed my options and quickly threw on my raincoat which I had thankfully brought in with me today. Boy was I glad to leave work today.

Short staffed again

It is a sign of the times that we are short staffed at work again!! I know that it is not just us, this seems to be the norm these days more and more businesses are having cut backs to staffing numbers, this is greatly to do with the global financial situation which does not appear to be easing up anytime soon.

As an employee though it is quite disheartening when four people are expected to do the work of six or seven. After an extended period of time when one has been over compensating like this, it starts to wear you down.

We try our best to remain upbeat and hopeful, hopeful that better times are just around the corner but the longer this situation goes on the harder it becomes to see that oh so coveted light at the end of the tunnel.

Like most people I try as hard as I can to keep on top of things, but if it continue to be as busy as we are and no relief is forthcoming then the pile of things that has been set aside in the “it can wait” basket will continue to grow and grow and grow and then the time will come when what’s in that basket can no longer wait, what will happen then? Does it really have to get to that point before management realises that we have a problem?

Sick of Sick Leave

What is it with sick leave and why is it the same people over and over constantly calling in sick. Are they really sick or just sick of being at work? In which case it may be time for them so start looking for something else, clearly they are not happy.

I am one of those people that hardly ever calls in sick even when I am sick I still manage to drag my sorry self into work and do my job. I save my sick leave in case my children are not well and I need it then, but touch wood they are generally healthy kids I am very fortunate I know.

Don’t get me wrong I do not begrudge someone calling in sick that is after all why we have sick leave but what really annoys me is people that constantly abuse the system, for goodness sake how many weeks can you possibly milk a blocked ear?

What’s with these doctors too? It is so easy to get time off these days. Doctor How Long we affectionately joke at work but this is really no laughing matter, it puts increased pressure on everyone else and with time can really bring the whole team morale down.

But what is the answer? Should it be as simple as you don’t work you don’t get paid? What about all those people out there who really need a job, who would give 100 percent and not 25 percent and that’s on a good day.

This probably sounds very harsh, I guess my compassion for these serial offenders is all gone, if you are sick you are sick, but the problem is I don’t think you really are sick, I think you’re just sick of work in which case I believe it’s time do the right thing and move on, this isn’t fair on anyone.