I am no longer in awe of remote access. It used to be cool to have access to all the network folders of the office from my living room but I spent the last few weeks learning all about its limitations too. For example, I can only open one file on the network at any one time - not so great when my job requires me to compare multiple spreadsheets. For another, I cannot save a copy of any of the files from the network onto the local computer/laptop or actually copy/paste the contents of the said files. I’m also unable to attach any files from the network to emails, which means I can’t send anybody external anything I’ve been working on. The only thing I CAN do is paste a file I’ve got on the laptop onto the network but that means only people in the office have access to it – again, not so great if I need to send clients anything.
All this inhibitors to my multi-tasking is really pissing me off. And it doesn’t help that I don’t get to communicate much to my boss so half the time I feel like I’m stranded on an island with a task and no additional information to help me determine a direction to proceed in. If I thought the department was haphazard when I was physically present in the office, things are unsurprisingly A LOT worse now. I mean, my boss never has the time to catch-up on what we should be doing because he’s in 500 places at once and it is very frustrating because I can’t randomly proceed without knowing what he actually needs me to do.
To make matters worse, the only other guy in our department officially left a week ago. And I’m slowly discovering that he’s left a lot of unfinished work for us to pick up on [woof**kinggpiiee]. And then there’s the other bit about my boss going away for 2 weeks before I even get back to the office. I’m only officially back in on the 5th of September but he’ll have been away for 5 days by then, leaving me to hold the fort for another 13 days until he returns on the 18th of September. Bloody hell, I’m shitting bricks just thinking about how the agency is leaving the entire digital department in the hands of a newbie for that period. I haven’t even bloody made it past probation yet and would only have been in the job/industry for about 6 months by then. It’s madness!
So yes, it may sound like I’m going a bit crazy at the moment but I know it’s mainly because I’m frustrated at all the things I need to do but cannot make much progress on. I need to talk to my boss but the only way that’s going to happen is if he manages to clone himself a.s.a.p. GARH.