Here are the top five responses:
- It’s too big a job for one person. They are right. It is a big job with loads of variety, lots of juggling and some frantic spinning of plates. I’m used to it now and I think the answer is just to calmly keep everything in the air, delegate for England and ask for help when you need it.
- No one looks after you. I look after me with the help of like-minded colleagues, friends and family. I recognise that my support structure is crucial and I make sure that I maintain it, whatever form it takes.
- Where’s your work/life balance? I could work 24/7 but I have to be ruthless with my time and make the best use of it. My family needs me to be sane and healthy so I owe it to them (and me!) to maintain my own wellbeing.
- I wouldn’t enjoy all that responsibility. I often joke that I try not to stop and think about the responsibilities for fear of being overwhelmed. In reality I remember that I share the responsibility with other members of SLT. I’m not on my own. I also tell myself that when I stop enjoying my job, I shall stop doing it and move on. I’m not indispensable.
- The salary is not enough for what you do. This is a very subjective opinion and I’ve never been one to share what I earn so this reason is always based on assumption. How much would be enough? To whom should I compare? I know I sit fairly within my organisation’s structure and if I decide I want more money I’ll start looking for another job.
The thing I love most about being a School Business Manager is that, for the most part, I am in control of my role, my physical and mental health, my hours, my salary and my day-to-day activity. I’m in control of who does what around me and I am one of the few people, if not the only person, in the organisation who has a view of the complete picture. School Business Managers – We get to see the whole of the Moon.
Would I do my job? Absolutely. Would you?