Friday, November 2, 2012
Things have changed at work. Our junior writer gave her notice and is leaving for another job. This means we will be hiring both a junior and a senior writer. I'll be required to participate in the interviewing and selection. And then I will have to train both. In my previous two jobs, I was a manager and had to do hiring (and once or twice, firing). It was an activity I found so stressful and unpleasant, I welcomed this position at ARUP where I was no-one's supervisor and was not responsible for anything involving personnel matters. Until we hired another writer a year ago, that is. The last nine weeks of my employment will be stressful because of this but I am trying to be pragmatic about it. It will be an added load, plus I will be doing all the work myself in the meantime. It will be tough passing along all my knowledge in the few available weeks. I have offered to come back and do additional training after my retirement, if needed. And even, in a pinch, work on a project (although I warned them I can't work so much I jeopardize my social security payments).
So I find myself today just trying to gather all the positive thoughts and energy I can to face what I will need to do. It's about attitude, I know. With or without me, the company will go on. They'll figure it out.
And isn't nine a really lovely number? We're in the single digits!