How wise is it to say how little work I have?

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CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Wed 28-Aug-19 10:49:48

I started a new job in February. The job itself was actually a new job, it's a regional/field based role located in a different location to head office where my colleagues are based. Its a HR advice/consultant type role. Idea being I am a resource for that part of the country and have more visibility/availability than all the resource being in head office.

I've been there six months and I'm finding the role is very light in terms of workload. I've asked for more work, I've offered to get involved in projects etc. There are no projects, there's no forward planning or strategy. No team meetings, no 1:1s. Its all very reactive.

My client group do use me on occasion but a lot of the time they get on with things themselves as they have done for many years prior to me starting, maybe just a bit of phone advice or checking a letter via email. The odd meeting but nothing to fill up a full week. So I basically have sod all to do, which is nice for a bit but I'm getting bored now.
I've tried to make more work but it's not really happening, and it's a bit exhausting and soul destroying to keep trying to engage with a client group that doesn't seem to need me as much as I thought they would.

Given that the role is an experiment, and there's only one of me doing it, it would be incredibly easy for me to be made redundant. I would look for something else, but I need a bit more stability on my CV and the job is well paid for the market rate. I'm also nervous of Brexit. Ideally I'd stay another year and then slowly look for something else.

Not sure if I should just put up and shut up or say something. I'm getting demoralised and bored, but I don't want to draw attention to the fact that I've little to do in case I get made redundant.

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matlife Wed 28-Aug-19 13:30:11

Do something about it, for your own sanity. Much as it sounds great having loads of free time the reality is generally that it's demoralising and stressful because you know it can't continue like this forever.

Try and expand your role by taking on more tasks that are valued by your clients - if they think you are invaluable then you will be.
I don't really know what you do, but say you are asked to check a letter template for rejecting job applicants, offer to write all the individual letters for all the people getting rejected, send them out, phone the successful candidate, send out employment contract etc.
Tell them to think of you next time they are hiring and you will post the job ad, write the job ad, screen the applicants etc.

Basically try and take on the step before you in the process and the step after you in the process.

The other possibility is that you have been hired because all your clients are about to get made redundant... in which case you will soon be very busy!

justchecking1 Wed 28-Aug-19 19:58:44

I would probably keep quiet and sign up for an open university course and use the time to get another qualification to strengthen my CV that way. Is that possible?

daisychain01 Wed 28-Aug-19 21:43:32

Given that the role is an experiment, and there's only one of me doing it, it would be incredibly easy for me to be made redundant.

As you've only worked there for 6 months, they wouldn't need to make you redundant. They could just serve you notice and pay you your contractual notice period (or statutory if they haven't yet confirmed your probation is complete). They don't need to give a specific reason although they would probably cover themselves with a bland explanation that ticks a box.

I'd get your CV brushed up and apply for new jobs. It doesn't sound like their experiment has been successful.

redexpat Sat 31-Aug-19 11:13:52

Start applying for other jobs.

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