We’ve all been there, the new guy (or gal) in the office, being introduced to the team with absolutely no hope of remembering any of their names, having to learn new, alien ways of working and trolling through reams and reams of policy, induction gubbins.
Well this week it was my turn, yea new-guy-me. It has been so good to get back to the world of work after so long in the redundancy wilderness. Not just get back to work, but a work that is very interesting and for a supportive organisation. Things for me have definitely taken a turn for the better.
Unfortunately I started too late in the month to get paid at the end of March so we have a barren and fraught April to endure first. But and end is in sight at least.
It was so easy to get out of work mode and truth be told I do miss a lot of aspects about being off, like having time to clean the house, spending more time with the kids and Xbox time (cheeky wink). I will not miss, however, the stress, the rows and the lack of being able to afford anything. I would like to take this time to say thanks to the government (I know, right……Whaaaaaat). Honestly, the amount of money you get for being a job seeker is low but it also allows you to work 16hrs without impacting on that amount, so working a few days and getting the allowance really helped us to keep our heads above water, till more work came our way.
Hopefully those days are over for good but I guess you never know and I will never be so complacent about work again, look after number one.
But back to the positive. I have a new challenge and feel like a new me, I feel good and have started working out again and it seems to have coincided with the sunny weather of spring, so positive vibes all around. Now I can focus on fun with the family, completing Uni and for the first time in a very long while, booking a family holiday.
I have another week of new experiences and knowledge to gain and am looking forward to it. We’ve had to make childcare changes to accommodate my new hours but we are getting there.
I really struggled through redundancy, listening to peoples wisdom. They would say ‘something will turn up’ and ‘things will be okay’. I felt it was bollocks and just people wanting to get out of an awkward conversation (and maybe sometimes it was) but this is just something every family goes through (or hardships in general), I guess, it’s all cyclical. They knew, and now I do too, that things on the whole will be okay and if you have people around that give support and love, you find a way.
Stay lucky guys