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Overwhelming New Job

Hi everyone I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question, it’s kind of a long one.

I know you’re going to light me up and act like I’m stupid for what I’m about to ask. [Would I do that? That’s hurtful…Can I just tell you that’s a little bit hurtful? But nothing offends me, so it doesn’t hurt me that bad.] That’s why this question makes me nervous, you don’t even know me and this question makes me nervous. And do you know why it makes me nervous Mike? Because perhaps I know the answer. I recently took a promotion to a much tougher job. And I mean tough. In fact, I mean there’s more work than my previous job, there are more details, there are more people clamoring for my help and attention. I’m overwhelmed most of the time and then I’m usually behind. I am well compensated for the job, however. I still work in the general area of the office where my colleagues from my previous position that was honestly a lot simpler also work. They talk and laugh and mess around most of the day. And I’m embarrassed to tell you that I was one of them when I was in my previous job. And now I bust my butt all day I can barely keep up and I’m busier than I’ve ever been. And their chatty, chipper, constant playtime ticks me off.

Should I tell them to get to work and stop being lazy or just swallow my anger and go back to my cave and work? By the way, I’m not their boss.

Here’s what you should do. You should go back to your cave and work! You’re well compensated. In fact, the additional compensation you’re getting is probably payback for you sitting around eating ho hos and ding dongs with your buddies and not getting your work done. Yes, you should go back to your cave and work. And if they don’t have a work ethic then you show them by your work ethic what real work looks like. I don’t want you creating a space and a time where it becomes a big problem. You just get in there, do the job that you’re paid to do and let things take care of themselves.

I hope that’s helpful.

I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike. Until next week, take care.

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