1. Yes, I spoke up. Emailed my boss (with the help of a co-worker who took out all my EMOTION!!! from it and brought it down to facts.) and sent it off Monday.
2. As soon as I did that, the Universe opened the funnel and down came three (THREE) appointments and one sale of my E-book! See what taking action does?
3. I talked with my boss yesterday and she calmed a lot of my fears. Turns out the new guy that’s coming in as a “junior broker” will be the one to take over many of the tasks I don’t have time to do (or want to do because they’re over my head). I’ll still be interacting with broker’s clients and all but not as much as now and since JB (as I’ll call him) is clearly capable of doing these things (as mentor boy wasn’t), I don’t think it will fall on me.
4. Why can’t someone just tell me all this at the outset? Everything in that office is so weird and hush-hush (all offices are like that, yes?) that it encourages fears rather than allays them. Part of the issue is the brokerboy himself. He has some, uh, “pay attention to me” issues (around the office we call him “Mr. Big Stuff” (as in the song “who do you think you are, Mr. Big Stuff”)) because he’s quite self-important.
He’s treated me very well – no complaints there – but I recognize that much of it is because I’m useful to him. Isn’t that a negative view? I know, I know. But it’s true. Sad. But true.
5. Big sigh of relief is heard ’round the Snarkela household.
6. Birfday celebrations this weekend (minus Mr. Duty) – going to see Aunt Nellie and maybe hanging with Cousin O’Cool and her boyz. YEY
I feel a bit guilty about not having commented on your journal entries in quite a while. I do continue to check your updates on a regular basis.
In regards to your recent writings….you are apparently a victim of the “curse of competence” a term one of my former (I am retired now) bosses used when I once discussed with him how I was being over-worked, over-used, etc. In short, being taken advantage of. He explained that those who seem to find a way to get everything done, end up being assigned more and more things. He backed off somewhat, and shifted some work to others…for a while. I have often, since then, used the descriptive phrase ‘curse of competence’ in explaining to others why they were sometimes overworked.
Note: I just googled it, which I had never done before. Apparently it is somewhat widely used…even in Dilbert!
All good news! Yea! This is such a great way to move into your birthday weekend!
One thing to remember when expressing yourself in writing in the workplace — don’t write like a chick. Being a chick, this may be difficult. But when you reread your memo one last time before hitting “send,” delete any “I think” or “I believe.”