I’m still waiting for the permanent Executive Assistant position to be approved by Premier’s Department and until it is I am a 'floater' (there's another girl in the position, who's contract doesn't expire until the end of October, and on the off chance they reject the new one she'll probably stay so a 'handover' is a little premature).
My boss is frustrated, HR are frustrated, I'm frustrated . . .it's just a wait and see, sit and look busy time! They don't seem to mind paying me to do jack shit but I'm sure getting the shits with sitting there dragging out the simplest of tasks. Despite three people taking a voluntary redundancy in the Admin area, they still don't have anything to pass on to me . . .I really hope the new job is going to be a little more hectic.
I knew the wheels of Government moved slowly. For instance, I received a 'rejection' letter yesterday for a position I applied for in May but this is now ridiculous it’s been 3 weeks since I was offered and accepted the position!
However, it isn't all bad my hourly rate has been increased almost to my pre-redundancy pay level unheard of given that I'm hired through an agency who must be charging me out at about $75 an hour to cover their super contributions and commissions!
I’m putting my hand up for pretty much anything within my area of expertise and anything outside it for that matter to keep me busy during the day. Frankly, I’d rather be at home spring cleaning and tackling the weeds, pool and cobwebs but time is money so my bum is remaining firmly on my red ergonomic chair in my soulless cubicle. (That's another thing, I can't put the Wonder Wall back up until I have a permanent office space which I'm very keen to make homey, and my own).
My workload in the past 3 weeks has comprised:
4 x (Less than 60 pages each) Procedure Manuals: Business Services, Reception, Records Management and the Collation of Board Papers "How To"These are all things to 'keep me busy' and justify my existence and hardly taxing the brain or the imagination.
1 x HR Induction Package for new Contractors
5 x Very short Business Cases for the establishment of new positions
5 x Position Descriptions
3 x Online Advertisements
Detailed floor plan of who's who in the zoo
Hand collation of 30 Land Sale Contracts (at least I got to stand up for that)
1 x Minutes of an IT Committee Meeting
Prettyfy the Financial Statements before submission to Parliament
Update of a contact spreadsheet for an event invitation
Type up the OH&S Incident reports for the past financial year
And today . . I’ve been given some User Acceptance Testing and asked to break a new application . .I’m trying my bestd!
Now I don’t know about you but apart from the initial Procedure Manuals for which I was hired in the first place, that’s not exactly an overburdening of work considering I’m now in my ninth week.
Bear in mind, I don’t deal with clients, the phone never rings, people don’t chat much and only Rick with 'da limp' interrupts my incredibly boring day for about 15 minutes. I am distracted only by the odd dissenter who's aware of my impending position and trying to get their point across in the hope I'll mention it to the 'boss'. Not a smart idea . .it's called 'white-anting' and pretty dangerous territory.
As my esteemed colleague Rick wi' da limp said, "Just walk up and down with some papers in your hands and people will think you're busy. Whatever you do, don't tell them you have time on your hands!" (Gotta love a Public Servant with 22 years under his belt!)
Now if it wasn’t so serious, and my - and Australia's - tax dollars weren’t paying for this . . .it would be funny!
If only I didn't have a severe case of writer's block, it would be a great opportunity to start a post bank. The most exciting thing I've come up with over the past two weeks is realising that sugar free gum makes you fart! A lot!