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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I suppose the audit is going OK. They have found a couple of things but they're pretty minor. At least, I think they are. One more day of this, then on to the next thing. I'm trying to change some things about my job to make it less stressful. The most stressful thing to me is that I never get finished, or even to a reasonable stopping place. If I have to miss a day, I can get somebody to at least check data so that doesn't pile up on my desk. But if I go back into the lab for even half a day, I don't have backup with the data and it's a nightmare. And I need to be spending more time in the lab; that's my job and it stresses me that I can't seem to do it. Another stressful thing is that even the things I have time to do, I don't think I'm doing well enough. I'm spending too much time on stupid details and running down minor problems. I keep thinking about "the tyranny of the urgent", where urgent things take precedence over important things to the point that the important things never get done. It's kind of like "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" where the wrong wheel is squeaking. The Peter Principle comes to mind too, and I wonder if I am there. I have got to make some changes. Maybe I can learn from all this, how to be better organized, or delegate better, or prioritize better, or push back at my boss so that I'm not spending so much time doing inconsequential things. (She probably would say I do that enough). They tell me quality in the department is tremendously improved since I came in. I know it's still not really good enough.


Homer said...

Peter Principle??

Laura(southernxyl) said...

People rise to the level of their incompetence. Like, you do a good job so you get promoted, and you do a good job there so you get promoted again, and eventually you get into a position that you can't really handle. They won't move you ahead but they won't move you back down either, usually, unless you ask them to. So you're stuck in a position that's stressful for you and you aren't doing the company any good either.

I look at my desk sometimes with the paperwork piling up and that's what I suspect happened to me. On the other hand, I majored in chemistry, not paperwork. On the other hand, the people I supervise can't really do what I do because ... I don't know, they just can't. On the other hand, they're having all the fun back in the lab. Oh well.

Kyahgirl said...

Hi Laura, first visit here. I came here from Homer's place.

Is that an ISO audit you were having? It sounds like it. I've been through lots of them. sheer torture.

hang in there,

Laura(southernxyl) said...

Not ISO. We aren't yet. They keep dangling that over our heads - "we need to do such-and-such because when we go for ISO...." I can just imagine. I think somebody went through and fired all the chemists and hired lawyers.