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AIBU to find this method of training unreasonable and unsettling?

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ChocoholicAnonymous Fri 06-Jun-14 23:29:41

I've been at this job a few months now and I am finally comfortable with things. I'm very familiar with all the procedures, I can deal with ad hoc tasks and requests and I've built my network of contacts. I'm in that place where you feel confident in your job and on top of stuff.

I'm sure you're wondering where the problem is.

Firstly, getting here was not easy. My colleagues are rude and impatient and the system was quite disorganised. It took them 3 months to train me on stuff that should have taken only a month because the whole process was generally not very structured or efficient. In the end, I pretty much ended up learning on the job.

Just when I was feeling comfortable and on top of stuff, they moved me to a slightly different role where I had to do more. I took that on board and learnt the new stuff.

Just as the team had become comfortable and we all knew exactly what we were doing, my boss hired two more people. Now there are too many cooks spoiling the broth. A lot of procedures where I had become a a near pro and for which people were especially contacting me were slowly given away to other people.

Now I have been told that I am going to be trained on a different thing altogether!!

I don't like this for several reasons.

I want more time to really become an expert in the things I've been doing and to really get a chance to explore them fully over a sustained period of time.

I'm all for learning new stuff but not every month. I've been at the job almost 6 months now and it feels like I've constantly been training on something or another. I know one never stops learning, but this is ridiculous. sad

I've worked hard to get really good at what I do and to build a network within those functions. I want time to see this grow and I want time to develop that achievement further. I don't want to keep getting tossed about every time I am starting to get the hang of things. I know this is me BU, but I am also feeling a bit possessive and resentful that the work I was just getting good at and known for is continuously being handed to other people.

I have subtly mentioned that I am not too happy with it, but like she does with everything else, my supervisor overrode and dismissed my concerns.

wafflyversatile Fri 06-Jun-14 23:40:38

It does sound frustrating. Are they going through a lot of changes just now, eg expansion? Or is this policy?

Not very good supervising to just over-ride and dismiss, even if the end result is it's not going to change.

ChocoholicAnonymous Fri 06-Jun-14 23:45:10

Yes, some changes expected but they are months away (not expansion).

It isn't policy either. The other who joint the same time as I did but went into different teams have all found their feet and are all very clear on what they are doing.They haven't been tossed about like this either.

Also, the change doesn't justify me being unsettled over and over again. They new people who have and will join can easily be trained on the new functions that I am being pushed into.

ChocoholicAnonymous Fri 06-Jun-14 23:45:59

and yes, she always overrides. And if you try to put your point across she will call you argumentative and "inappropriate".

blueshoes Fri 06-Jun-14 23:57:42

Sounds like you have done an amazing job coming to grips with your tasks and organising the system. Are they using you as a sort of troubleshooter to organise things and then hand the now routinised bits over to more junior staff.

It is good to see different roles in the same company (even if your jobs get palmed off) because it gives you a wider perspective on how things work and fit together. You don't lose the contacts just because you are moved on. You have already formed the relationships so it makes thing easier when you work with those some people again, albeit in a different function.

I don't think it is unusual to still be learning 6 months into a job. Sure you cannot coast as yet but wouldn't it just be a little dull to master everything so quickly and then have to do the same thing over and over again?

ChocoholicAnonymous Sat 07-Jun-14 00:49:36

Sounds like you have done an amazing job coming to grips with your tasks and organising the system.

I hope so!

^ Are they using you as a sort of troubleshooter to organise things and then hand the now routinised bits over to more junior staff.^

It could be, but that makes me feel less flattered and more used sad

It is good to see different roles in the same company (even if your jobs get palmed off) because it gives you a wider perspective on how things work and fit together.

I completely agree. But at the same time, I also feel that one needs to develop a level of expertise over a period of time in one role before moving on to another one.

You don't lose the contacts just because you are moved on.

True, but I won't get to interact with them, work with them and fully develop those relationships. I don't have the energy to keep starting from scratch every three months and lose the progress I have made within those functions. It just seems quite futile to me.

I don't think it is unusual to still be learning 6 months into a job. Sure you cannot coast as yet but wouldn't it just be a little dull to master everything so quickly and then have to do the same thing over and over again?

Not unusual to still be learning, but my role is such that no two days are the same anyway. I get a chance to do the same thing differently everyday so it doesn't get monotonous.

MiscellaneousAssortment Sat 07-Jun-14 11:41:03

Can you ask why this is happening?

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