I wanted to share in this quick post realization that dawned upon me late today at work. As I mentioned in this post from early last week, management at the organization to which I’m currently assigned has set forth on a departmental realignment. This is affecting me in a big way, in that I’m in the process of shedding a couple of important duties, including one that… well, let’s just say it affects our organization in a significant way.
As a natural part of this reorganization, I’m in the process of training the person who will take responsibility for the duties I’m shedding. We’re right now in the early stages of training, and naturally, this person has been asking lots of questions, including those I’m stumped on and don’t know the answer.
To be clear, asking questions, be they few or many or large or small, is a very good sign for any new employee. It means that they’re trying to absorb the ins and outs of the role, as well as the whys and what fors.
But with those questions, they’re also finding out something else: What kind of situation are they getting themselves into? This was made to clear to me when, late in the day today, I sat down with the person I’m training after I had caught myself up on a couple of e-mails. She had a talk with our manager concerning a report I’ve been trying to catch myself up on and that she started helping out on. And it’s a big report, too, both in size and in importance. How important, you ask? Let’s just say it’s a rundown of some of the stuff I’ve missed doing because I’ve been caring for my other tasks.
When I rejoined my new colleague, she made a very astute observation to me: I’ve been in over my head. Oh, and I landed in a rather bad situation when I joined this organization 9 months ago.
And you know what? She was absolutely right in her observation. In my time there, I’ve been trying to put out one fire after another. And in the past couple of months, circumstances beyond my control let that fire grow into a five-alarm inferno.
But the good news is that she seems to understand the situation. And while she admits she may not be able to solve every problem that’s resulted from all this missed work, she will try her darndest to care for it.
But this afternoon, at least, she revealed a very important trait that every good employee should have: The trait of being very, very perceptive.