The only other guy in Delivery has left the company. There was nothing left for him and this Wednesday he came last time for work.
He used to be a loose cannon, doing stuff without discussing it with anyone else, and such sloppy were his standards, almost everything after him needed to be re-done.
Now with him left, I am undisputedly the most senior person in IT UK. Also I’m the only delivery in UK. The bosses’ vice will not be working in UK in the foreseeable future. So?
I tried to hint to the boss at potential pay raise and promotion. Right now the point is weak, the company just had really shitty Q4’13, significantly in the Red, and IT budgets were cut to the bone. BUT, I can save money to IT by optimisation, not stinginess.
I will probably be allowed to recruit the guys from Support; what are their skills – remains to be seen. One is younger and cleverer, but very slow. Another is more efficient, has certificates but seems not so bright and is doing purchases now.
What I really need now is to implement Kaizen, small increments every day. I found myself entangled in a huge monolith project which gives no visible results to the bosses. And I see that if I ever to become a good boss in this company, one must demonstrate RESULTS under his/her leadership. EVEN if they are not optimal. Shitty results are better than good work in progress.
See if I can handle the Kaizen now. Must learn to if I ever want to be promoted.
Meanwhile, the tax year ends, and this year the full income tax kicks in, so my take-home pay will suffer a significant cut now. If I would want to add pension contribution, it’ll take more.
On the good side, I repay my 0% annual ticket loan monthly (at 1/12 annual ticket!) instead of a killing (monthly ticket + station car park) combination, difference is nearly £180 in my favour!
I need a promotion and a definite Pay Raise. And I’ll get these. 4 months ago