Letting down work colleague(7 Posts)
Ok, I think I probably am BU but I don't know what I can do about it
Basically, I do a jobshare with a colleague, each working 3 days a week. There's a big piece of work on at the moment and if it doesn't get completed on time we won't get a satisfactory year end rating. This in turn means that we will almost certainly be made redundant in the next round (probably next year)
In order to complete this, my colleague is working a lot of extra hours (staying late and working 4 hours on her non working days). Her kids are at school
I'm just not able to put in the same sort of hours as her. I need to leave on time for childcare reasons and have children at home so can't work much during the day on my non-working days. I would say I do approx 1.5 hours in the morning 3 times a week (getting up at 5 to do it before kids are up) and 1 hour during the day on my non working days (while kids nap). Should I be pulling my weight more? I really don't know when I could spend extra time on it without ignoring the housework even more or going insane!
For background, there was a round of redundancies earlier this year. I was keen to be made redundant (she wasn't) and we ended up getting a role. I would be happy to be made redundant next year but she would be devastated. Our fates are tied together as there are no part time roles at our level and doing a jobshare is very unusual
Hmm I was going to suggest if you wanted to avoid redundancy that you call in some childcare favours and get a couple of long days in or work weekends if possible
But seeing as you would actively welcome redundancy I don't see why you should really. Very tricky situation for you both to be in if you have such opposing views on the outcome.
Does your colleague know you want to get made redundant? She must be shitting herself if she does
I'm reading that your work is basically getting two full time members of staff for the cost of one!!
I accept that a piece of work needs to be delivered but it needs to be delivered in the hours they say the job requires.
Do your best for your colleague.
She might need that job and, whilst you perhaps don't, it would be nice to help her out.
Do your level best. But when the work is done then make it coat that your colleague did the lions share.
If the work is well received then say you can't take much of the credit.
If the written isn't well received then make sure you take the blame as you could not commit in the way your colleague did.
You'll be in a fast track to redundancy then..
Thanks for the replies
To answer a couple of points, my colleague is aware that I was / am keen for redundancy. Our boss is also aware that she's putting in more hours than I am and picking up the bulk of the work
No childcare favours to pull in, but I may be able to put a bit of extra work in on Sunday while hubby watches children (not at all keen on this seeing as reason why I went part time and want to leave is to spend more time with my very young kids)
If / when more redundancies are made then it will be so many roles that go. As we share a role then it will either be both or neither of us that go (it's not the sort of work that can be done part time without someone to cover the other days)
I think overall I need to think about my own mental health too. I'm at serious risk of hitting breaking point soon with trying to manage my job / kids / household as it is (not helped by one of my children still not sleeping well)
To be honest, at redundancy time we would probably be top of the pile anyway as it's been made very clear that they don't like us doing a jobshare and would prefer the continuity of a single person doing the role (which I agree would work better to be honest). We only got through last time as there were enough volunteers for redundancy ahead of us
She would also have the option of going back to full time and having a much better chance of keeping her job in a redundancy situation but has said that she would prefer to leave than to do that
Thanks again x
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