• James Hewlett

Working Like A Dog

I don’t talk about work much on here. Mostly because I keep my work and life pretty separate, even in this post I’m not going to go into too much detail because it’s not really relevant. I think everything I’m saying can be applied to and echoed by a lot, if not most, work places.

We’re pretty understaffed at the moment and it’s a pain in the ass. We’ve had guys leaving, retiring, off sick, on holiday... you name it. We’re at the lowest number of staff since I started there four years ago.

There doesn’t seem to be any urgency to rehire people though which leaves the rest of us getting stuck with a lot of extra work every day. It’s cyclical too, the more they load up guys and piss them off the quicker they’re leaving. I’m alright, I’m actually fine with the overtime at the moment and to be honest none of it bothers me too much anyway, but I can see why it does get to some of the guys and they’re justified in their pissed off nature.

The work still needs to get done though so while we're people down all that stuff gets split around the other runs. The only problem is a lot of the guys just refuse to extra work and stuff gets missed and eventually falls on us people who just get on with it.

It doesn't seem like it's going to get any better anytime soon. If they hired a bunch of people today they wouldn't be ready to roll until after xmas as we have a long process of clearance and then training before people are actually out and, well, useful. Plus if they're training with guys who are already pissed off and moaning, chances are they're only going to think the worst of the job and not stick around long.

Hopefully it gets sorted at some point soon!

#work #busy #overtime


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