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Last Hussar15 Oct 2015 1:03 p.m. PST

SO every couple of years we go through this rotation exercise. People are required to list the three areas they wish to work in, with reasons why they've picked those areas.

None of the admins wanted to move – they're all put their current hub/unit/area/department as their number one choice.

However, the BOSS has decided he needs to shake things up. We've just had a bad report, which blames much of it on lack of staff. The Admins are not at fault for the problems identified.

So 2 admins from each department ARE moving

I'm one in mine- I go Jan, and a colleague move a couple of months later.

We have 5 people in our department, one of which has been in post 6 months, and still need a lot of support.

The job is quite wide ranging, with lots of different strands. If we get it wrong there are both legal and/or public safety issues.

I'm moving to a department that wasn't on my list, and I have no idea what it does, but as far as I can tell is basically a lot of data entry, with little decision making. My Manager doesn't know why me or why that department. The Head of Department doesn't know why me or why that department. There has been no explanation, no "we need your particular skills".

My manager is panicking at who is going to keep the spreadsheets working. People have a habit of cocking them up, and every so often I have to tweak and fix. ("Why does that spread sheet have different names to that spreadsheet, and why do neither have the same number as the main system?"). I can fix a problem in 30 minutes or less (5 for the simple stuff), but unless you know how Excel thinks, and its functions (vlookup etc) it's a laborious line by line check/retype.

Also she is losing 2 experienced members of staff, to be replaced by 2 people who don't know the job, so effectively doubling the work load of the 2 experience members left behind (who have been told they WILL rotate in 2017). New instructions come out for an important area of work next month, and that has its annual audit in February…

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian15 Oct 2015 2:32 p.m. PST

What field are you in and how geographically mobile are you? Might be time to look for saner if not greener pastures

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2015 5:03 p.m. PST

Sounds like planned failure…good luck…

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Oct 2015 8:35 a.m. PST

Sounds like its time for everyone there to put in there resignations and leave if things are not left alone.

Streitax Inactive Member16 Oct 2015 10:35 a.m. PST

Beware! Sounds like they are looking to dispose of long term, relatively high wage earners. Ship you to a job you are not qualified or trained to do. A couple of quick 'Does not meet' evaluations, a Performance Improvement Plan and, Bob's your Uncle, a pink slip.

Last Hussar16 Oct 2015 5:23 p.m. PST

Its more SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2015 6:54 p.m. PST

Because, after all, having people develop long term experience and expertise in a given area while maintaining institutional memory is of course a certain path for collapse… Oh, wait, no it isn't. Oops.

The others are right. You're screwed. And that business is screwing itself. Bail before they kill your further career with bad performance reviews that will hang on your job searches like leeches on a wet cow.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Oct 2015 2:51 a.m. PST

WRT your performance evals, tell your management that you think this is a great idea. Ask them what their investment in a cross-training plan in writing, in your performance plan for the coming year (Ensure you get a new one for your new job and close out your current one to date, since this is likely out of cycle.) … overtime on both ends? written skill and corporate knowledge books? paid training?
hired instructors?

Last Hussar09 Dec 2015 4:10 p.m. PST

Apparently this is a Head Office Idea. We will all develop and gain new skills… BOSS is thought to be doing this in an arse covering exercise

The job I'm going to looks to be basically Data Entry. I suck at data entry. This is to develop me? Spread knowledge round so more people are trained in every area? Something anyway

Manager had some good news.
She was very nice about me (apparently I am valued!) and threw her toys out the pram at Management Meeting (Her words), and has secured me 1 day a week to come back in a support role. Not much, but at least the work is more interesting.

Ask them what their investment in a cross-training plan in writing, in your performance plan for the coming year (Ensure you get a new one for your new job and close out your current one to date, since this is likely out of cycle.) … overtime on both ends? written skill and corporate knowledge books? paid training?
hired instructors?

Got to love a man with a sense of humour. Trained by people where I'm going to. Because that is always the best kind of training…

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