Chaos reigns at work. My job now is so different than it was a month ago. Instead of working at home all the time, now I go into the office nearly every day. It's not bad now that I have a decent office and people to work with.
I had to deal with my first termination of an employee in the last week. A guy who "worked" for me resigned, which is more of a relief than anything because he never did anything except have network issues and stay home to take care of his kid. But he's being very unprofessional about the whole thing and making it a real pain for me. Oh well, why should he change now that he's given notice?
They initially hired me to manage one project. Now I'm managing four projects, some more hands-on than others. I can juggle four projects okay, but it's getting difficult to attend all the meetings I need to because there are lots of conflicts, and the emergency things that pop up can be very disruptive. Then today I was asked if I could take over managing another manager's people and projects since he's not doing a good job and it sounds like he might get fired. So my reward for doing a good job of managing my projects is that they are heaping a ton more work on me. Crap. Can I get them to double my pay for doubling my workload?
Five years ago I had no interest whatsoever in being a manager. If you'd told me ten years ago that I'd be managing now I'd have checked your arm for track marks. But oddly enough I find that I like managing quite a bit. It's a different level of problem solving, but I enjoy having a job that's more about people and communicating than puzzling out algorithms and protocols. And I still get to be involved with technical stuff, I just don't have to debug code anymore! Also, managers get all the good dirt on people. Really, if you like good gossip, get into management.