Last month of work

4 Jan
There’s a new guy at my office — he’s my replacement for when I got on maternity leave.  A lot of the other staff around here are impressed that not only were we able to find a replacement, but there’s some actual overlap with my time here so that I can do some training with him.  That doesn’t seem to happen very often around here!  Craig started yesterday and so far I’ve been giving him a lot of stuff to read.  I keep thinking of things that I need to cover with him and I’m amazed with how much I’ve learned in 6 months on the job! 
My last day of work should be January 27th, but that’s just a week before my due date, so I’m hoping baby will cooperate.  If I stay all the way until then, though, Craig should certainly have a good start at this job — a lot better than mine was!  That’s not to brag that I’m such a fantastic trainer, but when I started here, the job had been vacant for 6 months, and the person who had been in it before wasn’t really very interested in spending a lot of time explaining stuff to me.  I did meet with her once, but she kept saying that it had been so long since she’d been in this job that she didn’t really remember much anymore.  Then she took a job on the east coast, gave two weeks notice, and disappeared without leaving any contact information.
I guess part of the challenge of getting anyone trained in a new job is that so often the hiring isn’t done until long after the incumbent is gone.  When you are required to give only 2 weeks notice, it certainly doesn’t give the employer a lot of time to do anything at all.  And most of us probably don’t do a very good job of documenting our work to make it easy for someone else to follow.  Having all that more in perspective now, I don’t feel so bad about the first few unproductive months I had here — you can travel up the learning curve a lot faster if you can see the path you’re supposed to follow!

2 Responses to “Last month of work”

  1. Nemmy January 4, 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    Tell me about it… I gave three months notice and had two days to cover what I had learned in 3+ years! lol Luckily, she was a sharp girl and a quick study!

  2. mike January 5, 2006 at 5:52 am #

    Hmm… well I quit my job yesterday, and they didn\’t even want me to stick around for two weeks, let alone train someone. oh well. Moving to Ottawa on the 17th.

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