06 January, 2007


Well, I think the Boss came up with a good idea: a daily checklist for everyone in the office to complete. Of course, the conversation went something along these lines:

Him: Do you have a checklist?
Me: (working on something else because I assume he's talking to Number Two)
Him: Jamie?
Me: Checklist? Me? We? Umm... no... we don't have a checklist.
Him: Why don't you make one?

LOL... so his response to me saying I'm terribly burned out is to give me another project! Of course, his justification was that I know the job better than he does (problematic? possibly... but not for me!). And I managed to pop out a checklist, broken down by time of day you work, within 2 hours. Luckily for me, GT is getting to the point where I can give her a project and she works independently for a while, so I had a little free time.

Scott's first reaction to this news was wondering whether he'll actually hold us accountable for what we do or don't check - I believe the term he used was falsification of documents. And frankly, right now I don't care. Having our duties in writing can only be a good thing for all of us. It also impressed me that the Boss added just two things to my checklist: a line for number of outgoing confirmation calls made (my biggest pet peeve with the others), and a signature line. The latter leads me to believe that perhaps we will be held accountable.

So I guess it's safe to say that I had a pretty decent day. And for now, I can be content with the knowledge that my concerns have been addressed, that our office is fully staffed (for the first time since I've been there), and that I actually have my three days off next week.

(oh yes, and the smell of brownies wafting from the fridge? that makes me happy too. thanks, Scott!)


Scott said...

The fridge?! I made brownies in the fridge? No WONDER they were so runny!!!

mommyjoy said...

I like the checklist ... a LOT! For one thing, it got the boss involved ... but the best part was that he deferred to YOUR knowledge! Now, all will know, from management to slackers, what is or isn't getting done and by whom.
Good for you!
A good way for all to stay on task!

Janette said...

Yaknow, the management jobs I've had I made checklists for my employees. Good employees love 'em, bad employees don't. That's because good employees usually excel, take satisfaction in completing assigned tasks and really enjoy achieving. Bad employees hate checklists because they're slackers, it adds to their work load as they think of additional excuses as to why they didn't get their work done and they're really just there to take up space and collect a paycheck.

Accountability is a good thing. YOU will have no trouble with it.