The Change Bus

December 18, 2008 · 0 comments

I’m finding some interesting challenges with my work lately. Being a manager is definitely what I thought it would be, but so much more too.

When you’re a contractor, the security of your employment is dependent upon your ability to do the job that you’re hired to do. If you are underperforming, it’s in the interests of the employer to cut their losses and look for someone else to do the job they want. The ‘safeguards’ that are in place to protect permanent staff don’t exist in the contracting world. Your contract can be terminated for any reason – or even no reason at all – at any time, without notice.

A lot of people can’t handle it, and so they decide to avoid contracting, preferring to stay with the security of a ‘safe’, permanent job.

However, contractors (in Australia) usually earn double what a permanent employee does, and this has its obvious benefits. But while a contractor is earning double what his permanent colleague might be earning, he’s also expected to know more and work harder than that permanent colleague.

There’s no on-the-job training, as contractors are expected to skill themselves in their chosen line of work, and keep themselves upskilled where necessary. There’s no sick leave or holiday leave, as that’s supposed to be factored into the increased income.

There’s often a lot of stress on contractors to come in and get the job done that they were employed for. If they do a great job, their contract might be extended for as long as they’re required. If they do an ok job, their contract might not be extended. If they do a shitty job, their contract may be terminated immediately.

This is the world of contracting, and it encourages contractors to do a GREAT job.

I’m in an entirely new world now to what I’ve ever been. Not only do I have to be the best employee that I can be, I have to be the best manager I can be. I have to be on top of the game so much that my entire team of staff are the best they can be. I’m being paid a lot of money to do this, so I have absolutely no problems with it.

It’s all good experience for me. I’m learning to be more pro-active and responsible, which is just fantastic for me.

It’s also fantastic that my direct input is shaping the future of the organisation I’m working for. I was involved in creating some documentation today which will help drive some initiatives for the next year or so, which I imagine I’ll be heavily involved in if they decide to go with it (at this stage, I’m not really sure why they wouldn’t). It’s quite exciting for me to be on the front seat of The Change Bus.

A lot of people don’t like change. I’ve always embraced it. I think it works well for me.


Upcoming plans

November 24, 2008 · 0 comments

My busy-ness (is that such a word) has gone up a few levels over the past couple of week. I’m actually in a position that keeps me busy all day!

One of the really awesome things about it is that it’s a management role, and for the introvert in me, that’s just the kind of thing I need to expand my abilities. There’s all kinds of networking needing to be done, staff management, and even the occasional heated discussion with a senior manager if it seems warranted. (No point being a ‘yes’ man!)

And then, after being around people and talking to them most of the day, continuing to be around people is just the last thing I want to do at the end of the day, so I’m usually on Eve Online of an evening.

That’s what life is currently revolving around, so there’s very little to write about in here.

However, you might want to know what my plans are over the next couple of months. It really is going to be a very busy time…

It’s my birthday this weekend, and I’ve got a bunch of friends joining me in a birthday dinner. This includes my good friend Mel, who seems to have a habit of coming a long way for my birthday. A couple years ago when I was in NZ, she flew there all the way from Perth to join me on my birthday. She’s doing the same this week, but flying to Canberra… at least it’s not as far. I think she did the same last year too, but I really can’t remember back to what happened this time last year… it’s been a pretty hectic year…

Over Christmas, Deidre and I are driving down to Adelaide on Dec 23. We’re catching up with my mum and staying overnight there in Mildura, where she’ll be with her own family, and then continuing on to Adelaide on Dec 24 to spend xmas with Deidre’s dad.

On the 27th, I’ll be driving back to Canberra by myself, staying overnight in Mildura, arriving back on Dec 28th. On Dec 29th I’ll be driving up to Sydney to stay with my friend Peter, and to catch up with my friend Dan, who I haven’t seen since xmas 2005.

On the 30th or 31st of Dec, I’ll be driving back down to Canberra for the new year. We’ve got a huge new year’s eve bbq party organised again, just like we had last year. It was a resounding success, so we’ll see about making it a habit.

I’ll be sad that my friends Garry and Monique won’t be with us this year, as it was just awesome that they were with us here last year.

And then in mid January, my friend and ex-boss from Computerland, New Zealand, is flying over to Melbourne to watch some tennis, so I’ll be going down to Melbourne for a couple days to catch up with him as well.

What a busy couple of months!

I’ll keep you updated with things as they progress.


I had a dream

11 November 2008

Over the weekend, I had a dream. I was driving my car very slowly and carefully along a very rocky road. It was severely hampering my progress, and I could have been walking faster than I was able to drive. However, I came upon an intersection, where the rocky road met a well-sealed highway. I […]

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Welcome back

4 November 2008

It’s been about 3 weeks since I last posted here. A big reason for this has been due to the fact that I’ve been playing Eve Online quite heavily. It’s an online game I’ve been involved in before, and I got back into it a few months ago. What with not working, I’ve been occupying […]

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Job interview

20 November 2005

I have an interview this coming Friday for the position of Team Leader. 😀 This was my application, just to share with you… To whom it may concern I am applying for the position of Team Leader on the Service Desk, as recently vacated by […]. I believe I am suited for this position for […]

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My daily life

13 November 2005

I thought I'd just give an example of a typical week day for me. Just for the fun of it. Maybe it'll help you get to know me a bit more. If you want to, that is. If you don't, then just don't click to read any more. 😉 My cellphone alarm buzzes quietly at […]

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I’ve applied for a new role

8 November 2005

One of the team leaders on the service desk here has just handed in their resignation. I've already stepped up, so to speak, and expressed my interest in taking on the role they're leaving behind. I've been here almost 5 and a half years, with 4 of them on the service desk, and the rest […]

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Some updates…

16 May 2005

I was notified of a pay rise at work today.  It was a 12% rise.  Not bad, but still less than what I was hoping for.  I was hoping for about a 25% increase, considering that my new job description in other companies earns 25% more than what I was getting, but I only got […]

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My next holiday… and other things

6 April 2005

Deidre and I are going to Taupo and Hawkes Bay on the 23rd April for a holiday.  She wanted to go to Taupo, and I wanted to go to Hawkes Bay again, so we're doing both.  I think it's going to be fun!  Two nights in Taupo, and one night in Hawkes Bay.  It'll be […]

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Moving forward at work

3 March 2005

I'm in the same room as Ken, and have been for 2-3 weeks now.  It's the network administration and telephony support room, and where this room was originally built for only one person, it now holds 3 of us.  And to think that it used to hold 4 and they wanted me to come into […]

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