It's Wednesday evening, and we've been back in London since Sunday night. I was pleased to get home and positively looking forward to getting back to work. I worked Tuesday and Wednesday this week and will be working again on Saturday.
Tuesday was a bit of a shock. There'd been a massive influx of donations in the week I'd been away and the sorting room was piled up everywhere. I can't complain, as it was possibly partly due to my being away, but then we're all entitled to a holiday. The manager hasn't been there most of the time for the past two days, so I've been getting back into the swing of managing the shop myself.
My first day back was a disaster, as there were problems with the card machine which took a while to resolve and took up lots of my time, in addition, I spent a while getting the shop back to how I like it to look and making a few changes to the clothing/accessories displays.
Today was better, as I felt I actually did some of the bread and butter work that needed doing, although there were still lots of interruptions. I'm looking forward to Saturday, as it tends to be a little quieter without the interns to manage and I can just get on and do whatever are the day's priorities.
I have to say, that some of the interns have improved in my absence and are easier to manage. Others have become a little more difficult, however. There were a couple of absences through sickness today though, which left fewer hands on deck, but I guess this is just part and parcel of any workplace. Having spoken to other managers today, it sounds like everyone is in the same boat.
I'm definitely enjoying being back though and getting back up to speed with shop life, lets hope this continues.