Post # 1
I’ve got a stressful time coming up at work – from 2 weeks time until November. This is when my workload increases dramatically, and the powers that be have decided to understaff my workplace, meaning that me and my other colleague will be stretched to the absolute limit. Despite protests to the boss from our seniors (based at another branch) on our behalf that our work can’t function without extra support, nothing is going to be done about it. The staffing situation will be so tight that it will actually be impossible to even take time off to go and do something like see a doctor when the need arises, because we have no back up at all. If one of us is sick, the other can’t possibly run things on her own. The new boss thinks that the solution is to send someone from the other branch, which is actually a 4 hour round trip for them (and completely unreasonable IMO. Me and my colleague are more likely to come to work sick so as not to let the team down and have someone at the other branch have to add an extra 4 hours to their day). A day off here or there? Forget it. The other branch has so many staff (9) that if even 3 people were sick on the same day, they’d still function. I’m feeling so frustrated and stressed already. I had a breakdown in the middle of last year for the same reasons (had to see a psychologist under work’s EAP – which his year will be impossible to access given that there is no backup for my job!), only after that point -when I said to my boss at the time that I wasn’t coping- did we get any extra support staff which made a world of difference to my workload and general well being. I’m so reluctant to go through that again. I do my best to deal with stress, I come home and vent to SO, have a nice long shower and try to unwind, but can only do that for so long before I get totally overwhelmed and snap. As it is, the new boss hasn’t sent me vital information to enable me to do my job properly, despite repeated requests for it, which means that the things I need to do are left to the last minute which further increases my stress levels.
How do you deal with workplace stress?
Post # 3
@Deejayelle: VooDoo dolls… JK. This :
(had to see a psychologist under work’s EAP – which his year will be impossible to access given that there is no backup for my job!),
You contact EAP again due to “hostile work environment” and you get yourself help.
ETA: A medical diagnosis related to your employment should fall under some disability laws as well, not sure about the state you live in tho.
Post # 4
ugh commenting to follow.
Good luck OP. Sounds like you have a long 9 months ahead of you :/
Post # 5
@Billsgirl: +1 … including the dolls 😀
I used to have to take a lap. That was a lap around the building. I was an adjuster arguing with attornys all day. The gym helped alot. It’s hard to go to sleep when your all wound up from work.
Post # 6
I drink. Heavily.
Sorry, that was not useful but wine does help lol And I go to the gym at lunch everyday.
Post # 7
@mademoiselleDFW: LOL! I’m not much of a drinker, although after one particularly bad day I went to the bottle shop and bought the strongest pre-mixed spirit (2 standard drinks per 600ml!).
I need to get back in to exercising, it really does wonders for my mental well being. SO and I are also a few weeks away from our puppy arriving, so I’m sure he will serve to be a great distraction when I come home from work. I just don’t want to be in a position where my work stress filters through to all the good areas of my life…again.
Post # 8
Girl, this is why I became a housewife.
I sincerely hope that you get some kind of repreive at work though. That sounds like a tough situation.
Post # 9
@Billsgirl: I will access the EAP again if I need to. I guess if I have to go, I have to go.
When I was so stressed last year, I took time off as annual leave instead of stress leave, which I think was a mistake. Stress leave generates a lot of paperwork, but I was legitimately stressed. If an employee goes off on stress leave, that highlights to the organisation that something needs to be done. My psychologist even said she believed that my job was untenable, she really couldn’t believe the amount of BS that went on.
I also looked at the schedule yesterday and it looks like there will be a quiet period in June, so I’m going to put in for 2 weeks off, I think it will really help to know that I have time off coming up.
Post # 10
@Bunny_the_Bride: Haha, I WISH! If I didn’t need the money, I would for sure look in to this!
Post # 11
I’ve found working out has done wonders for my mental health. I’m actually a little worried I’m not going to make it to the gym over the next several weeks – trials back to back until probably mid-May, which means a fair bit of working late. I take classes because if I didn’t I’d have no idea what I was doing. It’s going to be tough, but as long as I can keep up my Thursday Aikido and my twice-weekly runs (which is organized through work, actually) I should be okay. I also do thrice-weekly waterfit, but a couple of those can be bumped if needed – although I feel really bad for letting down my mom, because we do that together.
But yeah, definitely – exercise and keeping healthy (i.e. eating as clean as possible) works wonders for my health and stress levels.