- 6 years ago
My job has me so stressed, no wedding stress, just work
I work for a very small law firm, we had an issue with our old office manager, she left and I took her position. When I took over I found out she had left things in complete disarray, overdue bills no one knew about, no clients had been billed for 12 months, so the business was in dire straits.
For the past 5 months I have been working my butt off to get the business back on track. I’ve set up billing, I have taken on paralegal work to help out, and I had to fix the tax issues the old manager caused. I had to learn everything as I went because I have no experience prior to this one running an office or how to file business taxes.
Because we have been so short on funds I haven’t been given a raise since becoming manager, I have been assured by the owner that I will be compensated when we get our heads back above water. I know that he has every intention of doing so, but I don’t know if we’ll ever be ok.
We have one other paralegal, who was fabulous at first, but recently she has been taking TONS of time off. She is salaried and only averaging 35-38 hours a week. She flies off the handle if presented with anything and is constanting “refusing” to work with certain clients/ do certain things. This means that all her extra work falls on me. Adding to the 4,000 things I am already doing.PS, She makes $100 more than me a week, and I get to write her paycheck.
We have a receptionist who we hired recetnly. He was hired at a higher rate than normal because he is a paralegal student and was supposed to be able to help us draft documents, and assist in client work. I can’t even get him to answer the phone correctly. He’s rude to me (I suspect because he is 17 yrs older than me, and doesn’t like a younger woman as a boss), and is always late despite being warned multiple times. He is not competent enough to help with any paralegal work whatsoever
I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I’m going to have a job in 3 months, because I don’t know how we are going to come up with the $ to keep the doors open. I don’t know how to convince my co-workers to take things seriously, if they don’t start soon, we will have to close. I’m not allowed to speak about the finances with anyone but the owner, but they know it’s bad. I don’t think they know just how bad. If I quit, I would effectively be closing the company, they wouldn’t be able to limp along with out me, so I feel like I can’t leave until it closes or gets better.
I can’t sleep, I constantly have nightmares, I am having migraines every few days, I sit at my desk on the verge of tears more days than I can count. I so happy to get married, but my job is just looming over my head.
End rant, thank you for listening…