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    • bmjv
    • By bmjv 21st Sep 16, 7:12 PM
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    New Job - Help/advice needed
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    • 21st Sep 16, 7:12 PM
    New Job - Help/advice needed 21st Sep 16 at 7:12 PM
    HI,

    I am just looking for a bit of advice from you guys on MSE.

    I started a new job about a month ago and I have barely had any work. I have not replaced anyone and it is a new role but it seems like they don't have as much work as they think they did have. I am sitting there bored out my brain. It isn't about using my initiative, there literally is no work for me to do. In addition to this, most people there are a bit “funny” with me but I guess that is normal for a new person.

    I am in the finance industry and this role was a bit different to my previous roles. It is very much streamlining my experience into one thing and that is a concern which I didn't think about before I took this role. Now I am in the job, the little bit of work I am doing is very boring and not what I expected or promised prior to starting.

    When I ask what I should be doing when there is no "proper work" for me to do, my manager just says "I don't know". It is becoming very frustrating. In addition to this, my manager who is also the person to "help" me, is so busy and is hardly ever in the office. There isn't anyone else to ask for help due to different departments.

    They keep saying I will be busy in October, but when I ask them what I will be working on, they name one client which maximum will be a week's work, and then nothing else.
    I really don't know what to do. I know a month is lot long but I have a feeling this is going to not get better.
    My old boss said if it didn't work out, let him know and he would have me back. I didn't move because I hated my old job, I just saw a new opportunity and I got the job.

    I dread going into work every day and doing nothing. Also I think they may realise there is no work and get rid of me after 3 or 6 months. I never had one day of dread at my old job where I was for 5 years.

    Part of me is saying it’s only a month give it a chance, but the other part of me is saying life is too short to be dreading going into work every day!

    I'm hoping some people can give me some advice especially if you have been in a similar position.

    Thanks in advance
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    • dcouponzzzz
    • By dcouponzzzz 22nd Sep 16, 5:26 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:26 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:26 PM
    If your manager says there's nothing for you to do, then look for problems with current processes, procedures, opportunities to automate existing work etc. and create working examples or business cases for execution. If your manager dismisses them, go a level above. If the company has an innovation/improvement resource, post them there.

    If the department is 100% efficient (which none ever are) then the majority of large financial organisations have diversity, inclusion, HEART or other types of awareness groups, along with employee engagement and morale event planning, not to mention sports or social events. Include yourself in as many of these as possible, or suggest the creation of one if it doesn't exist (maybe start a fantasy football pool?)

    There's plenty of things to do, you just haven't done em
    Last edited by dcouponzzzz; 22-09-2016 at 5:31 PM.
    Started 07/15. Current debt: 9.4k - 5600 (Car finance), Mortgage: 52.5k - Savings: £0
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 22nd Sep 16, 6:35 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 6:35 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 6:35 PM
    I suppose the first question is why did you leave your old job?

    If you can answer that then you're part of the way to answering what you should do.

    How do you know you won't be busy in October?
    Lloyds OD / Natwest OD / PO CC cleared thanks to the 1 debt v 100 day challenge
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