Sunday, October 5, 2008

office politics


I find that picture incredibly amusing, although I'm not sure it completely relates to what I want to write about.

My favourite supervisor is leaving the night shift. My awesome, yet very old and very in need of moving to days supervisor, is moving to days. It is a very good thing, for him, and for the day shift. For me however, it sucks, because the enforcer is likely going to be in charge five nights a week from now on. This does not exactly make me "happy". In fact, it scares me, but I'm trying to go into things with an open mind. If I expect it to be bad, it will be bad, so I'm going to try and make the best of it. I may eventually have to sit down and try to talk things out with him though. The guy's been at the shelter longer then I've been alive though, so he is "always right".

There are so many politics at play in my workplace. For example, the job I wanted, the social work position? The manager of that department also applied, she wants to work directly with clients again. Of course she got it, I had no chance. My union pointed out to me that I can file a grievence because as management she wasn't in the union and I was... as if I'm going to do that. I might get the job, but the whole place would hate me. And then there's the whole senority thing. It really doesn't matter how good a person is at anything, it's all about seniority. From what I can see, all the union does is make things confusing. But, I don't know enough about unions to make a lot of comments about ours.

I need to eat something, and get ready for work. I'm fairly sure the enforcer is off tonight, so I'm feeling like tonight is going to be great. In fact, no matter what, I am going to have a great night, and then go to yoga in the morning. And when I come home, the newest Grey's Anatomy (my guilty girly pleasure) had better be ready for download... i'm waiting, and waiting, and waiting... sigh.

4 comments:

antiSWer said...

Grieving positions within a union makes things difficult, but it's there for a reason. If she was part of management, she's not part of the union, so she has not seniority. You should have the job, really. But if you truly think that there would be bad feelings towards you, you do need to think about that, as you are.

Good luck, either way you go.

cb said...

I am a bit of a sceptic regarding unions - I tend to take what is said with a pinch of salt, so to speak. In our case, some of the union guys like to play at politics just as much - but it might be completely different in your situation. In any case, positive thinking is never a bad thing!

Reas Kroicowl said...

Nope, no Grey's Anatomy last week. Vice presidential debates in that time slot.

I'm sure you've figured that out by now. Maybe this is why we got a two hour season opener.

Still Dreaming said...

that explains everything, I'm Canadian, so I didn't even think of that! Now I'll stop looking!