A failure to plan is to plan to fail.
I’m struggling a bit at the moment, working with people who cannot plan anything. If I don’t take things into my own hands and make it happen, absolutely nothing happens. In a lot of cases that is fine – I don’t ask, I just do it. But in some cases, there are things I cannot do, such as hire seasonal staff.
We’re meant to have two extra staff in my area from this weekend onwards. Know how many we got? None. Zero. It is just me, and my colleague, and we are “borrowing” one of the other staff who already works there.
We will likely all be expected to put in extra time on top of our planned shifts. Ha, I say planned, like that is an actual thing. This past week I worked 14 hours I was not rostered on for.
When I do a job, I want to do it well. I like to plan. I like to plan WELL ahead of time, as far as possible in advance. The people “in charge” are more fly by the seat of their pants, it will work out, if you just cross your fingers and hope. In general I have not found that concept to be a strategy for success.
So I’m not sure what the next 5-6 weeks will bring. I am pretty sure that I won’t have a lot of time for writing posts. The posting schedule will go out the window – you may only see a Friday post once a week. It may go completely dark here. We’ll see. :)
6 thoughts on “Wiped Out”
It doesn’t sound terribly professional. Like you, I like to plan. Maybe like you, then I can worry about what can go wrong. Unplanned is worse. It is stressful.
I prefer planned work schedules too. Our checkout supervisor used to work out the rosters then will-nilly change them to suit herself, sometimes not informing us so we’d turn up at the wrong times and get told off.
As a schoolteacher, planning and organizing was essential, and I believe that all of us need that to provide routine and structure. Your situation at work would be intolerable to me.
Oh I hope Something changes for the better. I feel for you!
Take care of yourself and hope things go as smoothly as possible!
Sounds like regular and constructive planning meetings with your colleagues and senior management need to be a weekly event for you. Not great with Christmas coming up.