I’ve just been given some additional services to look after, on a temporary basis that is. We use the word interim in such circumstances. I am a stop gap and how long for I have no idea. It may even be a permanent arrangement, in as much as anything can be permanent these days.
I’m looking forward to it. I know most of the people I will be working with and I have been involved with some of the services before when I was at North Tyneside and so I am not daunted. Indeed, I am excited by the prospect. I always like the new.
But because of its intervening nature I am in a bit of a quandary. Clearly things are different between these services and the ones I currently look after and there are some bits that I might like to change over time. I don’t know what they are yet, but I might. The question is do I start to make those changes now, as my time there is relatively short or do I start the way I mean to carry on?
If I don’t make a start, then it may take me longer to get where I want to be and I will end up running two sections with different working practices and arrangements. If I do make a start I may end up causing disruption and confusion only to have it all unpicked again once the continual arrangements have been identified.
If I don’t make my intentions clear, I could have one set of people calling foul as I am making them adhere to a way of working that I have not required of the other half. At the same time, I may have the newer services looking with trepidation at the things they expect to be coming over the hill.
Being an interim is not that easy then, especially if you continue to be a worker in the same organisation.
My plan then is to let my new colleagues know the kind of organisation that I would like to see but that, in the first instance, I am going to look and learn about the way that the business is running. In this way I hope to set out my stall but buy myself some time until I know whether the position has greater permanency.