Post # 1
I will try to make this short. I work for a small family company and we have our hands in a lot of things. I have always been expected to take on a lot of tasks but it related to what I was hired for. Almost a year ago, we inherited a business when a deal wen back with one of our clients that is nothing related to my field.
This job eats up alot of my time and it often leaves me bringing my normal work home. I am overworked and tired and my boss never seems recognize the volume of what I am asked to do is unfair. I recently emailed him (small office, don’t want other employee to hear) and explained this to him and how the past year has been hard and please tell me what my expectations are and what work I can pass off to the other employee.
He never responded.
I feel ignored and like Iam being taken advantage of.
What would you do in this situation?
Thank you for your responses.
Post # 3
@missjewels: Sit down and talk to him about it, then he can’t ignore you. You have every right to stand up for yourself. If it’s too much it’s too much and they should respect that. Are you compensated for your extra time at home? Or just stop doing extra and see if he ignores that.
Post # 4
I work for a company where I have moved up through the ranks and now manage 5 people – and our business can be very demanding at times too. Here’s how I HAVE approached it in the past and how our employees have been successful approaching managers.
– Request a face to face meeting. Emails just never are a good way to handle this. Can you just send a meeting request via Outlook/Gmail/whatever you guys use? That’s what I would do and would include a sentence like, “Bob, I wanted to see if we could meet so you could help me prioritize what is most important to get done and to balance my workload. Please let me know if there is a time that would work better for you.”
– Go in prepared with a list of all your responsibilities and a rough estimate of how long they take. Don’t just hand it over, but it’s good to have it prepared.
– Once you’re in the meeting, start out by saying how much you love working for the company and are so excited to see it growing. Start positive, end positive. Sandwich the hard part in between.
“It has been so exciting to see the company growing and have so many new opportunities. I want to make sure I’m doing the most important tasks and not letting anything slip – I want to do what will make the company the most profitable. Right now, I don’t feel like I’m able to give any of the tasks my full attention because there are so many different things on my plate. I sat down and tried to pull together a list of all the things I’m handling right now. I don’t think I can effectively handle it all when I look at it objectively. I was wondering if you could help me prioritize what is most important to get done and what we could possibly find someone else to help take care of or that maybe isn’t as important as I thought it was.”
– LISTEN. Listen listen listen. When you are meeting with your boss, your first instinct is to talk talk talk. Silence is scary. But it’s powerful. Let what you say hang out there and see how he/she responds.
– While you should go in with a solution in mind (employers love this), you should be genuinely open to finding a different solution that neither of you had even thought of. Really approach it as though you were the owner of the business. It is in their best interests to make sure you don’t burn out, but they also need to make sure everything gets done. When you can see it from their perspective, you will find an answer faster and set yourself up to look like their go-to person.
I hope this helps!
Post # 5
@missjewels: i worked for a place like that for 10 years (i’m 30 now) they never change, and i hate to say it but they don’t care and will continue to take advantage of you. i eventually quit my job and started a whole new career! you should not have to be taking work home.. start taking off and have someone else pick up the slack 🙂
Post # 6
I think a lot of this has to do with your industry as well… I work about 60 hours a week and unfortunately can’t even complain, because it’s the industry norm. This includes many late night with my laptop in bed. 🙂
Are your coworkers equally swamped? Or does it seem like you are the only one treading water? If it’s only you, then I agree it’s time to talk to your boss about how it’s hard for you to dedicat your full time and effort to your primary job when you have several side tasks. Spinning it like you are more worried about the quality of your work and less about your workload is what I would do.
Post # 7
Me, personally? I’d probably handle it the wrong way, to either extreme. I’d either not say anything and quietly work myself to illness, or blow up in my boss’s face. I’m terrible like that. :/
What should you do? I think you should quietly request a meeting with your boss and tell him how you feel. That you’re working yourself to the point of exhaustion and you fear that your health and the quality of your work are going to suffer. And I like the idea that one PP had to list out everything you do in a normal day/week and approximately how long it takes. Numbers are hard to ignore.
Post # 8
Dust off ye ole resume and start looking for a more worthwhile employer.
Post # 9
@NAvery: great advice. Just about what I was going to say, but you probably said it better anyway.
The other thing I would add is to not let them just ignore it. As PP said, silence will force them to answer your question.
So ask your pointed question and let them answer. If he recommends something you dont think is reasonable (IE Keep working and see if something changes) “Well, Boss, That is what I have been doing and its not working so I am looking to you for your professional guidance. I would like to leave here with an actionable plan, what do you recommend?“