Summary of my work week…

Well, that was a few weeks ago, but I forgot to post it…

Monday: Hi Sophie, client A asked if we could deliver project B earlier than planned. We’ve already said yes. I know it shows in the task manager that this change will have you do 20 hours of overtime this weekend, but it will take you less time than planned, right? Of course, you will have to do some overtime this weekend in order for us to meet the new deadline we agreed to without asking for your opinion. But not too much overtime, we hope…

Tuesday: Miss N, who was doing half of project B, has been “volunteered” for another, more important mission. She will be busy all day tomorrow for something that has to do with the Olympics, so it has priority. We found a contractor to do her half of project B, and we gave them a part of your half, too, so you’re off the hook for overtime. Actually, you even have free time now according to the task manager. So here are projects C, D and E. You’ll have time to do them, right?

Wednesday: Well, it seems like Miss N will be stuck with this Olympics project for the foreseeable future, so you’ll have to take on projects F, G and H that she was supposed to do this week and next. I’m sorry for the overtime you’ll have to do this weekend.

Thursday: Miss P is sick and she was supposed to do projects I and J today. You’ll have to do them. But it’s ok, because Miss N will be here tomorrow after all, so she’ll be able to take back project F and G. Or at least one of those. We think. We’ll know for sure tomorrow. In the meantime, try to ignore what the task manager tells you about all the overtime you’ll have to do. Oh, and by the way, the work we sent to contractors? Yeah, project B, but also projects K, L and M? We had problems with our email, so the work was never sent, and the contractors didn’t know it was coming, so we just found out today. That means we have to postpone the contractor’s deadline, because he now has one or two days less to do the work. But it will be done in time for the client’s deadline, it just means you’ll have less time for quality insurance next week. A lot less time.

Friday: Guess what? Miss N is still stuck on the Olympics project today, in the end. So you’ll keep all your projects, plus project O that we thought she’d be able to do today. But she’ll be here on Monday, at least we think she will, so she should be able to do project F. At least it’s likely. We’ll see on Monday. Try to have a nice weekend while ignoring that if things stay as they are, you have about 60 hours of work to do next week…

And then people laugh at public servants, saying that they are lazy and never work. Well, some are (I’ve seen it), but let me tell you: this week, I’ve earned my salary, if only for the accumulated stress.

2 Responses to “Summary of my work week…”

  1. Julie Says:

    Well, I need to know now: how did you survive the following week then??


  2. sophie Says:

    Mmm… You don’t really want to know… Turns out the contractor had been given the wrong date for project B (two full days after the actual client’s deadline). We managed to get the work back on the day of the deadline, and we delivered it a few days late. Meanwhile, client A had complained about the fact that there were 2 grammar mistakes in a previous document of 80 pages. But at least Miss N was back and able to help me out and we managed to do everything, despite some delays…