Thursday, May 01, 2008
Topsy-Turvey WorldThe last few weeks have been a little up-and-down... mostly up, thank goodness... but still unsettled. I think "unsettled" is the theme for this year. My actual workload at work has calmed way down (thank goodness!), but some other... events happened last week that threw everyone into somewhat of a tailspin. Long story short... several associates were fired for (supposedly) both economic and productivity-related reasons. Management was essentially silent as to what was going on, leading to rumors and a lot of anxiety. I am no more in danger of losing my job than I ever was because they know that first year associates are mostly useless and need a chance to develop skills before being forced to prove themselves. But still, the writing is even more on the wall.... mid-level associates who were not racking up the ridiculous numbers of hours were shown the door. As I told S, I may have job security for the next 6-12 months, but beyond that, I'm fairly certain that I would be getting the boot as I have no intention of killing myself to put in the 9-10 billable hours per day that are expected of me. Instead of waiting until they tell me to leave, I plan to leave on my own terms.
So really, I guess the whole shake-up didn't change my own plans, but it definitely heightened the overall stress levels here. In a way, it has been perversely comforting because it has shown me (once again) that this is a work environment for which I am NOT suited.
My plan is to be moving into a different phase of my life/career by December. Some parts of that plan are out of my control, but I am doing everything in my power to keep that plan moving forward. And it feels really good to have a "countdown date," even if it's somewhat tentative.
Oh yeah, and there has been minimal knitting, mostly of socks. I'll try and take pictures this weekend, but we're planning on finishing the fence, getting doggy-snuggles, and going to Sheep & Wool, so it promises to be another whirlwind weekend!
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