The day I write this is Good Friday. I won’t get into the religious aspects of this day in this space, but I will say that one good thing for me about this particular Good Friday is that I have the day off from my work assignment. The office I’m working at is closed all day and everyone is enjoying the three-day weekend. And after the past three weeks, a three-day weekend is coming at the right time. Thanks to an abrupt staffing change, manpower has been short-handed (again), meaning a lot has been plopped both on my plate and that of my colleague. That we both work under a demanding manager who has a stern, unpleasant demeanor and wants immediate results, or as timely results as possible, doesn’t make things any more enjoyable.
Needless to say, this combination of high expectations, strict atmosphere, and loads of work has stressed me out quite a bit. On top of that, ours is a small office, meaning work time and physical space doesn’t allow me to confide my troubles to an immediate officemate. Luckily, on a couple of occasions over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had that chance to covertly spill out my troubles to open ears. The first instance occurred a week ago, when I met up for lunch with a couple of my former colleagues who still work at my previous place of employment. I’m still on very good terms with them, and they appeared quite supportive when I discussed the duties I’m performing and the concerns I have.
The second occurrence happened a couple of days ago, at work. Everyone else left for the day with the exception of myself and someone who I don’t work under and don’t normally work with. In my previous interactions with her, I got the sense that she’d be empathetic even though she doesn’t understand all the things I have to do. But empathetic she was, agreeing with me that my direct manager doesn’t have the most pleasant of dispositions.
She also told me to keep my chin up, and for good reason: At the end of this month, a couple of positions will be filled that will hopefully lighten the work load of myself and my colleague a bit. And hopefully, with those extra pairs of hands will also come voices that can share their work concerns to us, just as we will likely share ours to them.