Post # 1
I’ve been working at my position for just over 1.5 years. My workload is very heavy, possibly even too heavy for one person. I often feel stressed and don’t often find time for all the tasks I am responsible for doing during the day.
There are other people in the same position as me, but they are not on my team, so I am often stuck doing most of the work for my position for my team.
I find that my position at work is often devalued, because people simply don’t really understand what my role is. They either think that the work I do is too easy and that I am just a complainer or they don’t care because they feel their job is harder.
I don’t like to complain, as I feel that when I try to explain what is going on people think I am just making excuses. But the other people in my position feel the same way. I work hard and take pride in the work I do, and try to do the best I can at every step.
Recently I have been getting criticized for not having things done that other people would like me to do. I am in charge of managing my workload, so I have to prioritize tasks. The tasks that people were upset with me for not having done were not urgent. But I dropped everything to please them because my other team member were making comments.
I’m not sure how to handle this situation. We have tried to bring this to the attention of my supervisor at work, but she isn’t very helpful in finding a solution. She always puts the onus back on us (the other people in my position) to solve the problem for themselves. This obviously isn’t working as we try to find solutions, but nothing really comes of it.
At this point I’m not sure what to do.
I do find the work I do to be pretty boring. I would love to be trained on new things and have been vocal about that for quite some time. But again, I’m told training is coming (and have been told this since April!) Yet I have seen no changes. I am still in the same place I was when I started.
How would you guys handle this situation? I’m at the point now where I just want to find another job. But I know that isn’t solving the problem.
Post # 3
@sarabee: “When is it time to start looking for a new job?”
Answer: When you start to wonder when it’s time to start looking for a new job.
Post # 4
I would definitely look for another job. It wouldn’t hurt.
I was in a similar position as you a few years ago. I worked at a not-for-profit and everyone was way overworked (and way underpaid as I come to find out). I was getting really burned out at work and some things were just beyond my skillset but we lacked the resources to find an alternative solution (e.g. bringing in outside help). Like you, I was criticized for not delivering (as was pretty much everyone else working there) and people held me to the same standards they would expect from a full staff/team even though it was just me and, when I was lucky, and unpaid, inexperienced intern.
Luckily, they finally let me go thinking they could find someone else to shoulder all the work (ha!) and this was my big break. Now I work somewhere else and it’s seriously 100000 times better. I am not overworked and I’m valued for my contribution. I’m also able to do my projects well because I have the resources and am provided additional training (if needed).
In other words, there are always better opportunities out there rather than settling for a position that undervalues your immense contribution.
Post # 5
Look for a new job, why not?
As long as you research potential new jobs to make sure the work environment is more productive than your current one, that would totally solve the problem! From what you’ve said, that sounds like a faster, easier, and more realistic solution than continuing to try to fix your current company.
Post # 6
Your co-workers treat you like crap and you boss has no idea how to help you. It’s time!
Post # 7
@julies1949: + 1000
@sarabee: If you are considering a new job start applying. Don’t get to a breaking point where you just flat out quit with no job lined up. I have learnt this the hard way! However, I love my new job 🙂
Post # 8
I once had a boss that told me to always be on the lookout for a new job because you never know what you’ll find. He was right.
Post # 9
@sarabee: Id start now. Dont tell anyone just do it. Who really wants to feel the way you do everyday at work? No one. Dont put yourself through that. Find a position that you like.
Post # 10
I agree with a pp, when you start wondering when you should get a new job is when you start to look. I’m in a similar situation as you, but unfortunately I am going to school and I’m not sure who would cooperate with my school schedule. Get this: when I got hired on, I left another job to be closer to the field that I wanted my career in. I notified them that the starting pay is less than I made at my previous job, but I would take the job since I would like it better and would have better benefits. A month later, they decide to cut back my pay. . . to minimum wage! And they don’t believe in giving their employees raises. What?! What a slap in the face! We eventually got bought out by another company, and this company promised me a nice raise, as they believed the work I did was beyond minimum wage worth. That was in April. It’s now September. No raise, still.
I work super hard and feel unappreciated. After being here for two years, I’ve found out this isn’t the right career path for me, but it’s in the general ballpark. Unfortunately, I have to stick with it for now. I know how you feel. Right now, if I had the choice I’d be looking, just as you should!
Post # 11
@sarabee: Looking is free.
You’ll either find a better job or find that yours isn’t so bad. Either way, start looking!