Working in an admin-heavy job, in a company which has no real systems. It's infuriating. How do I deal?
I work in an admin-heavy job, but in a company with no systems. I've tried to get people to adopt e.g. Basecamp
so people get shared task lists, can delegate efficiently, so things don't get dropped and so you don't end up spamming everyone on a project with hundreds of status update emails, but no-one's interested.
Anything financial is submitted on paper. The electronic document is printed out so that someone in finance can then type it back into their accounting system... We maintain cost trackers separate from the finance team, so the two often don't reconcile.
With no proper revision control or versioning system, managing document updates a huge pain. Remote workers don't have access to our local drives, so they have to ask someone in the office to email them the documents they need (and we office workers have to save down their documents, which sometimes doesn't happen, which leads to much wailing and gnashing of teeth).
The inefficiency - combined with me being lazy, if I'm honest, and demotivated at having to do so much pointless admin - is driving me mad. Any tips?
It also worries me a little because I wonder if I'm really cut out for an office job. Maybe these things are common to all white-collar desk jobs and I'm not going to fit in anywhere...