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To consider changing jobs for this reason?

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undecidedmum54321 Wed 17-May-17 14:17:56

I work in a place where there is agile working so no fixed desks, first come first served. It's really grating to get in after having got up before 6am, got ready, got the children ready, done the childcare drop, got the train then to find no desk is available. Usually this either means a hot desk that can't be adapted properly to correct height/position etc or waiting around until a desk frees up - possibly half way through the day! I have raised this but no feedback has yet come back from management.

There are some other issues beyond that with the job such as continually changing systems, uncertainty regarding what we can/can't do in the role and a colleague who has to be managed carefully - is unpredictable and doesn't think sometimes before speaking which can and has caused problems. Management are aware of this but the colleague takes things personally and is sensitive so nothing has changed. They also have a habit of passing over work or continually asking for input when reality is they are full time (I am p/t), are more senior and get paid more.

So aibu to consider leaving the job- I generally like the people. Whilst in theory there is scope for progression in the company my field is quite specialised so not sure whether opportunities in other areas of the business would be available to me. They are a flexible employer and have been good to me to date, happy with the pay/benefits and hours. There are reasons to stay clearly but I could probably get comparable terms with another company where I know there is an opening. My issue is the working environment, the ever changing structure and systems and the colleague.

BackforGood Wed 17-May-17 21:26:15

All jobs have drawbacks.
Agile working is becoming more common.
I'd be wary of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, tbh. If generally T&Cs are good, then is this such a big issue?
Do you have a disability / reason to need an adjusted desk or chair? If so then they should ensure you get that, but other than that, it's the way hot desking works I'm afraid. No-one likes it, but it doesn't seem a good reason to leave an otherwise good job, with all the benefits you list.

Same with the colleague. there's that "one" colleague in every job.

SmilingButClueless Wed 17-May-17 21:38:26

Agree with BackForGood. The drawbacks you mention could have applied to every job I've had in the last 10 years. Hotdesking, in particular (and unfortunately) is really standard practice now and difficult colleagues - or colleagues you find difficult - are also par for the course.

Are there other reasons why the alternative job might be better for you? If not, I'd be concerned that you could move there and have exactly the same issues but have fewer employment protections.

shrunkenhead Wed 17-May-17 21:46:45

I don't understand this agile working concept. How are you supposed too do your job without a desk??? Do you just stand behind someone waiting for them to go for a cup of tea/loo break and then steal their desk?
Surely the boss must be aware people are stood around doing nothing waiting to steal desks??
Genuinely, is this a thing now?

tammytheterminator Wed 17-May-17 21:47:16

I wouldn't be able to work somewhere that had insufficient hot desks. Hot desking makes me incredibly unhappy anyway. I like my own space but then again I am in the office every day.

Why don't you look around and see what is out there?

EmmaC78 Wed 17-May-17 21:50:59

Could you ask to work from homes a few days a week?

Greyponcho Wed 17-May-17 21:55:01

If it's not necessary to have your own desk, do you actually have to be there? <bewildered by the concept described above> confused

scottishtreehugger Wed 17-May-17 22:06:34

bizarre concept. I couldn't work in that situation. How are you supposed to do your job if you require a desk yet don't have one?

Some employers are such fucking dickwads!

BackforGood Wed 17-May-17 23:00:54

If you are an 'agile worker' then you will often work in an environment where you are out of the office for a considerable amount of time - meetings, site visits, visiting clients / customers / patients / etc.... or you might be in the board room having a meeting or some kind of archive office doing research, or in court, or traveling, etc.,etc. They bank on not everyone being in the office at the same time. Saves the Employer having to own (or rent) space for 1000 desks + heating, lighting, furniture, etc. - when usually only 300 people are ever in the office at one time.

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