Yep, this week, first week as the boss of 75 people! Well 4 direct reports and about 70 indirect reports… Oh and all of them are men – but that comes as no surprise to me 🙂
So far, I’ve loved it. I’ve done an extra four hours of work, just to keep notes, and thin out all the rubbish and stuff in my space (rolodex anyone? floppy discs?).
This week I’ve touched on
- the merits and short comings of crib and satellite stores
- store (like pallet racks!) cleanliness
- data clean up (that’s something that hasn’t changed since my last role, and never will I expect)
- found out about a number of personal issues of staff – some I’ve not met yet, and perhaps might never!
- reviewed timesheets, travel time applications, overtime applications – so far no leave application at least?
- future plans that have stalled, like
- granting staff voluntary redundancies who’ve applied
- moving assets to a new location (away from where I work)
- moving the people associated with working with the above assets, or not?
So far, I don’t feel too out of my depth. There’s been many questions I can’t answer, but I have a strong network of people from my north area that I’m comfortable calling on for help. And many of my equals I’ve worked with previously, and they have decades more experience than me, and only too happy to help. I hope I don’t wear out my welcome with them.
The best bit, that I’m loathed to admit, is that I get a car. The commute isn’t short, at about 40 minutes. But it’s ‘easy’. I’m not hot and sweaty when I get to work. The rain this evening didn’t worry me. And I drive through the area that is ‘my’ poles and wires, so I can see issues. This is both a blessing, but a curse too! At this stage, the vehicle option I chose is only for home to work, and work travel. I can look into a leased vehicle and the tax advantages in the new financial year. The new FY will also mean others have done their tax returns and tell me if it really turns out well for their financial position. I’ll be the first to admit that the cost of cars is a HUGE reason I’ve never owned a car.
All in all, I feel much better for the new role. How’s your work treating you this week?