I know I should be grateful to have a job (and a reasonably well paid one at that) but I'm just so unhappy there at the moment. We are so busy that we can't cope - there are now 3 of us in sales when a few years ago there were 6. We haven't got enough work for 6 people, but we definitely need 1 more, but there's a headcount freeze.
I was off sick for the best part of a week, and although the girls did their best, I went back to over 170 emails. On Friday I burst into tears in front of my boss as I was trying to do something I didn't understand and try to get on top of the work. If we didn't have a mortgage I could quite easily have walked out. Despite not taking a lunch I've still got 150 emails to go back to tomorrow as they were coming in as fast as I could answer them - mostly customer complaints as we can't ship their products!
Just the thought of going back tomorrow makes me feel like I could cry and it never used to be like that.
Sorry for the moan, like I said I know I'm lucky to have a job, but it's really getting to me now.
Thanks for listening xxx
I know we're all lucky to have jobs but we spend a long time there and do need to feel happy whilst there.
Unfortunately the other girls are both snowed under as well so they can't help me, although one of them has kept back some of the urgent stuff that she helped me with.
If I could catch up I could just about manage, but it's the catching up that's the problem!
I'm in all next week and then I've got a couple of days holiday and it's got to the stage that I'm worrying about cancelling them - luckily we've got something planned so I can't!
In some ways I'm glad I cried in front of my boss as at least he can't claim to think that everything is ok! I've also told my supervisor that I'm thinking of leaving, so they do know how bad it is - whether or not it'll make any difference is another matter!
Not that I'll be going anywhere - I had a look at some job websites when I was off last week and I don't have the qualifications for most jobs!
Could you just concentrate on clearing the emails -not do anything else?Prioritise the emails.
You certainly cannot miss lunch breaks and cancel holidays. If you do this, then you're showing them you can cope even though you're obviously understaffed.
I've been off work for 2 weeks and have another 2 weeks off due to depression, yet I know I'll have a mountain of work to go back to. I can log on remotely and do so just to keep on top of things.
Keep job searching, I'm sure you have the experience if not formal qualifications for vacancies. Always still worth applying, you never know.
Try to keep your chin up xx
I'm going in tomorrow with the attitude of I'll do as much as I can and what I can't do will have to wait - I doubt it'll last when I'm there, but I'll try!
I'll definitely keep looking for a new job, there's got to be something for me somewhere!
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