A bit of a mad day today. I arrived in work quite early this morning and was met by a desk covered in flowers and presents from colleagues for my birthday tomorrow ( I won’t be at work tomorrow as I don’t work on Thursdays).
I was quite touched and know that I will miss them all when I go. The flowers are all at home now and in water and I will open the cards and presents tomorrow.
But then…we had a slight upset at work – I cannot go into detail here – but I did wonder if I was at work or playschool! I suppose it can be hard to accept changes and some of my colleagues in the team I supervise had already decided they are not going to like the new person and have already found something to complain about.
It is all a bit childish really and a little premature I think. After only three days I found the team’s attitudes a bit difficult to understand but I expect sometimes it just takes time to accept a new personality with new ways and new thoughts. I actually like my replacement quite a lot and I can see past that initial compulsion new people always seem to have to need to make an impression. I know I would have enjoyed working with her had I been staying. She is disappointed I am going and worried how she will get along with a team who are finding fault with her already! I didn’t leave work until after 7pm tonight as she was so upset by the incident. I feel bad for her.
I finally got home, had tea and the minute I had finished we had a visit from my friend (who is also a vicar) with another card and gift for tomorrow. We had a little chat and caught up with the news. We have many mutual friends who are presently retiring or downsizing or just moving within the area and spent some time catching up with the progress of each of them. We also established that we are not moving for the foreseeable future and neither is he!
At nine o’clock we had time to relax but it has been a full on day with mixed emotions. The same colleagues who had showered me with gifts and best wishes had been so different with the new lady. Puzzling!
I am glad I will be off work now until Tuesday (I am allowed to have Monday off in lieu of my birthday day). I am hoping everything will have settled down a bit by then and that I will still have a replacement.
Thank you to all the comments from my blogging friends who are offering me such good advice and keeping me sane at the moment – I am so grateful and taking it all on board.
Welcome to new follower Dar (from An Exacting Life) one of my favourite blogs – if you want to read about a book review – this is the site!
Take care x