"low capacity" assistant + 60% unprocessed office?
I must be insane... I have agreed to give a relative (whom I barely know at all) a paid part-time office job, starting with a minimum of two half-days a week, assisting me in my home office until she finds a "real" part-time job. She needs something to put on her resume and to get office experience. These two mornings are the ones I had carved out to "process" my home office. It is semi-organized and also a mess. It is the hiccuping nerve center of my family and my business (which is off site), and the warehouse for materials for my current and prior roles and functions. It contains many piles of stuff that is partially processed or semi-sorted out but not integrated yet into the system I am building, many papers "ready" for filing,and a big back log to process. At the same time there is some defined project support, nicely filed reference (A to Z for 10 drawers), a family drawer, a friends drawers, two financial drawers (last year and current year), and 4 drawers related to one big project, and an active project drawer that I have outgrown, so active projects are all over the place, in brief cases, under chairs, etc. Much I hope to get rid of, a project I have been working on with considerable success. They know my car at the document destruction place! This young person seems to be pleasant, reliable, honest, compliant, but just barely average in knowledge and comprehension. She has some mobility problems and I doubt she can get into the bottom drawers of of my filing cabinets and she may not be able to stand for long periods for filing into the top drawers. I will need to start by clearing the areas in front of my file cabinets and around my central work table so she can maneuver herself in position to access these. She wants to succeed and sees this as a great opportunity, having been job hunting for 9 months and only getting work transplanting seedlings in a green house and bottle feeding a calves. She is a recent high school grad., in community college to become a medical assistant, meaning clerk/receptionist who gives patients forms and takes initial vital signs on patients. She opted out of regular high school to take a vocational program where she trained to be a health aid but then did not take the test because she "didn't like body fluids". She tells me she is a two-finger typist and can make spread sheets. Any thoughts on how I can make this arrangement productive? I am thinking that I need to have really clear objectives and simple processes so we can work together and accomplish something.