Post # 1
I’ve been letting people I frequently work with (via email/phone, so they haven’t seen my growing belly in-person) know over the last month or so that they will have a different contact person soon because I’ll be on maternity leave.
It seems to most people, “I’m going on maternity leave soon” is interpretted as “Send me all your last-minute stuff to get done before I go on materity leave”. I’ve been bombarded with emails and phone calls “I know you’re going on maternity leave soon, but I wanted to catch you before that happened to do _____”.
I’m trying to WRAP UP my pending projects/tasks, not triple them!
Post # 3
@abbyful: i feel for you! i’m hoping this won’t be my case when i go on leave…i just have that feeling too…..and i feel like since i live just 3 mins away from my job, that my boss will feel free to call me to come in and help out once in awhile….when i feel like i’m just gonna wanna be home taking care of LO! *sigh* we shall see..
Post # 4
haha, I feel you there. I’m trying to manage a few things before I go leave the same time you do. People are surprised that I’m still at work right now. My workload got a bit easier now that I’m not backing up someone, so I can focus a few things.
Post # 5
@abbyful: Uh oh! That is frustrating.
I hope this doesn’t happen to me. I have SIX MONTHS to wrap things up, so I’m hoping it will be ok.
Post # 6
Any way to let a supervisor know about the inundation so it can be delegated slowly to the replacement person? That way these issues aren’t a complete surprise to the new person when you’re totally out of there.
Post # 7
@abbyful: oh no! I would do what you can but definitely don’t stress yourself out.
My boss made me start writing out all my processes because no one else does my job and he barely knows what I even do haha. They are going to be in for it when i’m gone.
Post # 8
Sorry! I’m sure you are under enough stress already. Do you know who will be filling in for you? If you do I would inform these people that since their issue is not an emergency you will pass it off to X?
Post # 9
@JulesSchnooks – The “replacement person” is my immediate supervisor. There’s only 2 people on my team, me & him. He just gets the fun of having his work-load doubled. (I had that double work-load for about 6 months; the time in-between my previous supervisor leaving and this one being hired. New supervisor has been here about 3 months.)
Post # 10
@totheislnds – Haha, that’s kind of how I feel too. When I had to take over the double work-load, I had been at my job for 3 years and even then there was stuff I had never dealt with before. (I’m a programmer, and my team manages about 80 applications.) It took me a couple months after my previous supervisor left to get all the ducks in a row, and I still occasionally email my old supervisor (I have his personal email address) with random obscure questions.
My new manager has been here 3 months, and he has to take that all over. I’ve trained him on all the normal stuff that comes up, but occasionally we get requests for changes to projects that haven’t been touched in 5 years, there’s no way I can train him on 80 applications in 3 months, he’s probably only been trained on 10-15 of them (the ones we have to deal with the most). The rest he’ll have to do what I did and figure it out as it comes down the pipes.