Decision Making. NO.

I started a new job back at the beginning of this year. It has severely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I still question what possessed me to accept this job and if it was the best choice I could have made. I know that in order to grow, I have to get uncomfortable. The biggest things I’m dealing with:

-Team members… one in particular is not a technical person. From what I can tell, he shouldn’t have even qualified for this job. I believe he occupies my day for at least 4-6 hours of it. He’s been in this position for 3 years and doesn’t seem to know his job at the level he was hired at.. It’s an ultimate frustration because I can’t just give him an assignment to go and do. I have to literally outline it step by step what I want or need. The biggest problem that I struggle with? The lack of critical thinking. I had to telework today so I could actually get something done without being interrupted about every little thing that he just finished that he wanted me to know he did. Does it make me a terrible person to joke about buying a pack of gold stars that I can pass to him when he does finish a simple tasking? He got upset when I came back from my emergency trip and didn’t tell him thank you for vacuuming the carpet in our office area (NO JOKE).

-I have decision making power? Wait? What? That’s new to me. I’ve never had this kind of power. It’s a little euphoric to be honest. Granted, I’m hesitant to jump right to a decision when I get told that the interdisciplinary team will follow my lead. My organization does have the lead in things, but I want to make sure I can build effective relationships with the other organizations to ensure that we can all be in agreement with a decision I might be making.

I’m really glad this week is over. I ran my first big 2-day meeting. It was exhausting. Both the boy and I are worn down, ragged, and recovering from head colds. The temperature also dipped back to the -30’s. I think I’m going to sleep the weekend away (especially since I have no social obligations this weekend)!


  1. Ouch, so frustrating. My husband has had both coworkers (while he was employed) and employees that were a bit like that.
    Having more responsibilities can be frustrating in many ways but also makes the job more interesting, or what do you think?

  2. I have had co-workers like that. I have never really been in a decision making role so I can’t really relate much to that but I have had those co-workers who really were not qualified and should never have been hired for the job they were doing and just wanted recognition over every little thing. The one thing that always annoyed me is when they would look to me to make a decision for them when I didn’t have any decision making power at all but they just wanted to be reassured over everything little thing, which was not my job, my job was the same as theirs and I hadn’t even been there as long, was just more adept at the job. I have to agree with Susanne too though, having more responsibilities could make the job more interesting and just bring it up to the next level. It might take some time to get used to but in the end, you will likely feel comfortable after a little while.

  3. Good lord I can’t stand people like that. I’m always happy to help people when I have the time and when it is on occasion but something like that would drive me insane. There are a few people in my job that do that too me, only what they are asking of me is more favors but they act like it is my job to help them? It’s hard to be computer savvy around others that aren’t.

    I hope your job does work out for you though, despite it being something that is out of your comfort zone. It is funny what you get use too. My first stressful job was having to be on the phones a lot when I had a phobia of the phone… now I have no problems. lol

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