- 3 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
It’s Thanksgiving break, I should not be dreading next week worrying about the million things I need to do. Articles online show that being overworked is somewhat normal in an American culture but it doesn’t sound healthy at all. Maybe I’m just complaining?
We have new leadership (President, VPs, directors, etc.) and new mergers. The new president fired a lot of people and brought on people she liked best including my boss that’s been there for 20 years. My new boss just started a month ago although being interim for 5 months. He seems to be more of a visionary than knowing how to manage.
Anyway, he keeps trying to be “fresh”, visionary, and revamp things. While I get it, it’s like he’s changing everything all at one time bringing on projects, new applications, etc. adding more to my plate and not anyone else’s.
Right now I have to deal with inputting over 300 staff benefit changes for open enrollment, creating 200 contracts for the spring semester for professors, monthly orientations (including putting together stupid packets and candy bags), trying to learn a new software to create an organizational chart of the whole university, bringing on the new 30 staff from the merger which includes handling onboarding paperwork and data entry, benefits input, trying to gather missing information like budget accounts for payroll and creating brand new position codes for all of them. Not to mention I handle the day-to-day operations of constant interruptions by phone and walk-ins, invoice payments, etc. it’s hard to get anything done when I’m also the face of the office.
I don’t think my boss has an idea how long these take time to do. I tried explaining my situation but he keeps giving me more work. Not only that but we used to have paperwork and forms but now he handed me sticky notes and verbal direction of creating contracts and expects them in a few minutes when we usually take time to review because it is a lot of information. His idea of skipping paperwork is making it a quick turnaround for other departments but the paperwork helps us not miss information, helps as a reference to look back on, and helps in case we are audited for whatever reason. It’s like all procedures disappeared.
He knows we are understaffed and is trying to get a new position on board but we keep putting requests in and get denied. The 2 years I been there we have tried bringing more help but never hear anything back yet all other departments keep having new positions. I want to quit so bad but they pay for my schooling and the benefits I can’t deny are great but I feel my stress level increasing and me starting to want to scream and cry. What would you do?