General Musings

Work Hierarchy – necessary?


Firstly, let me point out that I am not against a hierarchy, I do believe it is good to know where you stand, your role in a team and how it all fits together especially if blended with a good helping of democracy and team cohesiveness.

I don’t however like hierarchy at work that instils a lack of free thought, free thinking and belittles other team members and their input. Or undermines an act of politeness or kindness.

Certainly you shouldn’t harass your seniors for no reason, and you should go through the proper channels but to get told that politeness is a crime and that sending a simple personal thank you is a problem or ‘unprofessional’ because they are a senior team member just baffles me, when did it become so hierarchical that one human being nice to another human was some inner working political nightmare?

For me a hierarchy is more knowing your role in a jigsaw, a circle if you will. Not a top down pyramid where information is a precious commodity that only the select few know, that you sit have a chat/discussion but ultimately your input doesn’t matter, where they want you to ‘take the initiative/be pro-active’ but ultimately the decision is never yours, where they want you to own that project/event/piece of work but they hold all the information – your basically an administrator for their idea and it’s not your project……again.

I just don’t see the point of hierarchy like that as it belittles, demotivates and just generally inspires ill-will and you don’t want to engage anymore as you really wonder what is the point of doing so?

Perhaps I am just moaning about what happens everywhere in the workplace but is it idealistic of me to think that there are better working environments, better jobs and just better satisfaction out there? I don’t want to just rush off and leave and find myself feeling the same though, I really want to think about my next move and where I am going.

Anyway – rant over – sorry folks!

Lifestyles, Slimming World

Weigh Day Nerves!

I have my first weigh in this evening after what feels like ages away, though I’ve only missed one, as I usually go Tuesday but I am going to a different group tonight so I won’t leave it another full week, and I am feeling nervous. I am doubting that I met my target from last month – which is disappointing BUT lets not be negative! I am hoping it isn’t too awful but will update soon.



Lifestyles, Slimming World

Week 7&8 @ Target: It all goes pear shaped…

I’ve put on 4lbs over the past two weeks. I know why. I just haven’t been very on plan or even really on it at all. I don’t know why exactly at the moment. I just can’t seem to push past some kind of mental roadblock and my motivation….so low.

At the moment I have so much else filling my mind and time that planning food and eating properly, i’m really struggling with it. For some reason that little thing called willpower, not in the picture, it’s gone on vacation.

Perhaps that is the issue, I need a vacation, a proper period of time to relax, de-stress and get myself back together and in the groove again as I suppose I didn’t have any real relax time from illness to work, and it has been full on at work.

So yes, it has all gone a bit pear shaped at the moment. I need to change it and get back to myself and where I was pre-illness, not 100% perfect but able to resist more and in a better place fitness wise overall.

With only 6 weeks till Christmas I have got to get my groove back…


Lifestyles, Slimming World

Week 2 @ Target – had to miss group!

I couldn’t make it to Slimming World this week due to having to work an evening event, which even though it was the only thing I did all day, with my current working hours situation, made me so tired – it’s still so odd being so tired all the time. I’m not used to it.

But I do not think I would have done very well. I am trying to make better choices and overall be less synful… but it is hard. I think I need to get better at planning and prepping but it gets hard finding time in the day – which is weird at the moment as I am really not doing much! I get back from work and I am so sleepy.

Still determined though and will keep going. Hopefully will get more exercise in too soon.


General Musings

Getting Itchy Work Feet

I am getting the itch to move on from my current workplace. I have been here nearly 18 months now, I have done a full cycle of events and feel as if I am basically heading into a repeat of what happened in the last 18 months. I haven’t got any radical changes ahead, I can’t see where I can challenge or progress myself in learning, career or financial terms.

I honestly feel as if I am stuck a bit in the doldrums. I get told things will change, that changes will happen but it’s always so busy that nothing ever does and we just do the same old thing.

This wasn’t exactly the job I wanted to end up doing either, it’s given me some great experience, great skills and I feel it has really helped evolve my work persona, but it has also shown up what I don’t want to be doing, the areas I don’t want to do and what I want to move away from. So it has been good in that respect.

I have a far more clearer of what I want to do, how I want to use my brain and skills and the things I am passionate about, now I just have to go out and get them. I can’t stay somewhere that I just can’t invest in any more.


General Musings

An Update: I have not abandoned the art of blogging

I have not abandoned the art of blogging readers, followers and browsers, I have however had a manic past two weeks.

Work Life:
Currently insanely busy as we have our massive 400 person dinner happening this week, and I tend to just not have the time to put my stuff together in the evenings – and my evenings are crammed at the moment also.

Personal Life:
As well as keeping up with work, I have also been having a life – shocking I know, but I have been busy seeing friends, volunteering at Guides, sorting out our house move (which is taking a while to say the least) and generally just having to be so on it my brain is fried. I have been so busy getting everything else in I even had to skip a weigh in – eeek!

After this week I shall be back on it with more posts, and more consistently. Promise. Scouts, no – Guides honour!