Just out of curiosity, is there something about me that gives my superiors an inherent belief that I can be trusted with jobs way out of my job description? Most specifically, putting me in charge of training and all communication issues? My boss has barely ever seen me yet always seems to send that responsibility my way. It’s not even the first time, at the UBS I ended up being put in charge of people who started just three days after me! It’s not so much a complaint as it is confusion – I barely understand the job myself, I’m really not the person who should be in charge of this.
But I digress. Today we’re really low on people thanks to someone calling in sick, so my boss reaches out to Tracey and she offers a one-day gig to fellow backpackers Caitlin and Savannah, who Krislin and I have gotten to know pretty well over the last couple of days. They’re contracted to another guy, but he’s had no work for them for 3 days and they’re starting to climb the walls. I’m the one having to contact and organise all this for Sohrab (see above) and also asks me to show them the ropes of picking (again, see above).
In order to avoid the ridiculous fees requested from our last ride, some of our team has managed to help us out and pick us up this morning. However, they arrive later than planned and when we get to the orchard it’s time to start so we’re not very popular. We don’t have time to really introduce Caitlin or Savannah to the job, so they end up with badly fitting bags and are given a sink or swim introduction. Thankfully, they handle the job pretty well and we manage to make our quota for the rest of the day.
In the evening, boss calls again. Got two new people starting tomorrow, who can fit the two of us in their car, so no more wrangling for lifts. Downside? I have to navigate, and they need to be trained. Guess who’s been roped into that?