Sorry for the Daily Wail headline but it has been a long day.
Who here has found themselves doing things for work that they wouldn;t normally do because of 'the economic climate'?
I'll start you will my shame.
Work 1: Told last week that 50% of my team were being made redundent. There are 2 of us. We have the consultation meetings last Friday where we are both told the same thing - we don't want to lose either but someone hase to go so we will come up with some criteria during the next week and sack who ever fits least.
Life 1: Wife has a simple day surgery procedure brought forward at short notice and jumps at the chance to get it out of the way so accepts.
Work 2: Wife hospital visit clashes with 2 meetings I have in Germany. I am only there for the day, leaving about 5am and back at 11pm.
Normality : I webex one meeting and get the other guy in the team to cover the meeting that needs an on site presence.
Compromise : Wife says that it is a simple procedure and someone else can pick her up and drop her home without a problem. We have people who can stay with her all night or until I get home so she will never be alone. I know she is only saying this because of the current situation but I go to Germanhy anyway.
Result : I have two great meetings with very positive outcomes, one likely to pay dividends in weeks rather than months. Wife has operation and is kept in overnight because she is suffering more pain that is normal. I get land and pick up some texts telling me this. I send a couple of I love yous. I get home at 11:15pm and can do nothing until the morning. I can't sleep so have a couple of beers and end up on STW.
I **** hate having external worries affecting my behaviour. It never works out right and I always regret it.