Tag Archive | new job

My queue is filling up …


week1Well I have sailed through my first week on the new job. Tomorrow I go back to train my replacement on part of my old job so I’m calling week 1 complete. 🙂

computer-frustrationWhew! It’s been a whirlwind kind of week! I’ve had access issues and problems with every single system I need to use. Was it the gremlins activating Murphy’s law? Yep, that’s my theory and I’m sticking with it. I even had trouble with my new phone line – so if you called me, I really wasn’t avoiding you, I just didn’t know. Perhaps that was a blessing in disguise so no-one could hear me threatening the computer to “make my day” because of the crazy access issues.

I’ve learned a few things this week beyond the basics of my tasks and responsibilities. First, that folks in this area are very data focused and decidedly NOT relationship/people focused. When I suggested we “join-up” as an introduction of ourselves and backgrounds to several individuals as I met with them for the first time I received some blank stares, flat out “no”, a declaration that they didn’t need new friends, and even some ignoring that I had asked the question. Geez people, I didn’t ask you to go shopping, donate a kidney, or play truth or dare. A brief, corporate-worthy, dry bio review or howdy-do would have been an acceptable minimum. I got it, I got it – this place is “different”. Better luck next week Barb – maybe. Now I know why we need some HR career folks to bring a little bit of the human back to the Human Resources over here. Lucky for them, I’m resilient as well as friendly. 🙂 Now, to be fair, most people in this area are actually IT or F&A career coded, or used to be, so I’ll grant them a bit of grace and slack.

But, most surprising, and I don’t know why, is that my completely different HR experience has already come in handy. My new boss is grateful that I have an understanding of the Company at large, the business practices in other areas, as well as basic HR facilitation skills. She’s complimented me on bringing not only fresh eyes, but some HR structure to the team. Putting a smile on the boss’s face the first week is a very good thing.  I am grateful that my new boss sees the value I can bring from my experience.

people_queueLuckily, real life is usually way, way less scary than our imaginations lead us to believe. I came trough unscathed. I’m glad I came. I can see a place for  me to learn, grow, collaborate, and teach here. I can see the queue of people I am supposed to meet in my life here starting to grow. I am blessed!

Any new adventures in your world? Do tell …. and be blessed!

Drinking from the Fire Hose


drink-out-of-a-hoseWow – I’ve been in training for my new role at work and have decided that I am now officially drinking from the fire hose. Wow!

I have worked for my Company since 1981 and held many roles there. This is only the 2nd time that I’m moving to a job that I have no background or knowledge in – and it’s a little scary! I wanted the change and look forward to shaking things up a bit. But, not gonna lie, I forgot what it feels like to be 100% new.

Lucky for me I have a friend who works on my new floor so I have moral support. And I have 3 employees and a boss who has worked in this area for virtually their entire career so I have technical support. Now I just need to keep putting that one foot in front of the other, or said another way, one question after the other. I think my brain is swimming right now.

waterwingsOnly 2 more training days – tomorrow and one day next week. After that I get to swim in the deep end. Wonder if I can get a set of water wings to keep me afloat.

What’s your best advice for an old dog trying to learn some new tricks?

Be blessed!