I transferred from Human Resources to Accounting with the State and it is 100 times better! My boss is nice, my co-workers are nice, everyone wants you to succeed, and are all more than willing to help when you have a problem. In the HR department, besides not being a huge fan of the work I was doing (just wasn’t my thing), there was a lot of drama; somebody was always angry with somebody else, and there was no trust in the leadership. Everyday there was something else going on; two co-workers fussing, a co-worker fussing with the supervisor, the supervisor fussing at everyone because of he said/she said issues that no one bothered to fact check, and I think everyone talked behind everyone’s back including the supervisor. It’s draining when you have to deal with that stuff every day regardless if you’re a part of it or not. My biggest issue was having things dumped on me with little or no training, and no help offered. I asked for help and was basically turned away. I learned a lot of what I knew on my own, especially during the last few months when I picked up other job responsibilities due to someone being out of work. Not only did I have to train myself on how to do the new duties, I was expected to train someone that should have been supervising that role all along. Was it appreciated? Nope! I didn’t even get a thank you, even though I wasted valuable training time that I needed for my new job to train a few new employees in HR on duties that they found out they weren’t allowed to do due to their employment status. I was then expected to take time away from my new job to train the supervisor that should have already know the aspects of those duties – like I said, she should have been supervising that role all along, and the lack of supervising is why they are in a tough position now with things being so disorganized and confusing. I of course was blamed for that… I mean…why not? I had a whole month in the role and the mess only goes back to 2012 (sarcasm) I spent most of my time catching up on 4 months of past due items and incomplete paperwork, and when I left it was up to date – again, no appreciation. Furthermore, my former boss had the nerve to say to me, “next time you transfer, for future reference, maybe you shouldn’t leave your office such a mess – we don’t know what anything is.” Would you like to know how long I had between them telling me that it was time for me to go over to my new department, and me actually leaving? 10 minutes! Why?! Because they “forgot”. So…I was in a hurry. Most of the things they said they were confused about were either copies of paperwork I had in a stack, or files I took over and had sitting in my office for easy reference since I didn’t see the point of running back and forth between my office and the one where the file cabinet was since those were current things I needed to work on. I did have some loose papers in my office when I left that needed to be thrown out, but again… 10 minutes! And that 10 minutes was filled with employees asking questions and needed things from me. The folders I did have in my office were color coded, so it would have been easy to figure out if anyone took a moment to bother, and other items only required basic reading skills to identify. Later that day, after a few more smart ass remarks and blatant unprofessional comments, I was happy to leave, but I was steaming mad when I got to my new department. I was happy to have a new boss that stands up for me, and I feel a good sense of trust now which is important. It is hard to respect someone when you can’t trust them, especially when they speak down to you.
This wasn’t supposed to be a big rant, but I felt angry all over again! I guess I should be thankful, because I’m learning very quickly in my new job despite missing the majority of the training. I could credit that to struggling so much before – it’s like baseball… When you’re in the batters box, doing practice swings with the added weight on the bat; it’s a lot easier to hit a homerun once the weight is off, and you are at the plate ^_^