See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
I am 34 weeks pregnant and this past week I had the most horrible cold ever. It started last weekend and progressively got worse until Thursday I finally went to the doctors and got some medication (antibiotics and cough meds with codeine, yes, it was THAT bad).
Anyway, I work in the communications department of a state government agency and on Wednesday we received a phone call from the Governor's Office wanting us to put out a press release regarding a rather high profile issue ASAP. We are a team of three, my boss is the lead, then myself and another coworker (who is the same level as I am but has only been with the agency for about a month). My boss asked me to pull it together because my coworker is "too slow" at writing and this was a tight turnaround. She's right - I am a much faster writer than my co-worker and I've been dealing with the issue for six months so it made sense for me to do it.
On Thursday, I left work at lunchtime to go to the doctor's because I was just feeling crappy. The doctor told me I needed to stay home from work on Friday and get some rest. I went home and took the cough meds with codeine and seriously, it knocked me out (which I really really really needed it!) I slept for most of the afternoon and woke up at 7pm when my boss called my personal cell (rather than my work cell - this is our code for "it's an emergency!") Without asking me how I was feeling, she went into a diatribe about a whole other issue and she needed to make sure I'd be in the next morning so I could write another press release (for which I could ONLY get the information I needed by attending a meeting in person). This particular release wasn't needed until Monday morning. I told her my doctor had told me to stay home the next day but I would come in just for the meeting and then go home. I ended up staying the whole day.
Yes, part of this is my fault for not saying "no". But I don't get is, the second release didn't have an "urgent" deadline, so why couldn't my co-worker do it? I had to learn all of the ropes of the job by being thrown in the fire myself when the previous person who had my co-worker's job quit/walked out two weeks after I started.
This isn't the first time my boss has piled work on me instead of my coworker because she didn't "trust" her to do it. Yet, she isn't giving my coworker the training she needs to do it. I guess she's going to get the baptism by fire when I go on maternity leave in a few weeks. (Which is a whole 'nother can of worms -- my boss is pushing for the six week maternity leave minimum because I'm not eligible for FMLA. I'd like at least 8 weeks. Ugh!)
Thanks for letting me vent!