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Work Chaos Is Impacting My Health

September 18th, 2022 at 05:53 pm

I started this job and it is complete chaos. I really want to quit but I have nothing else lined up. 


First, the so called training was inadequate. Next I didn’t have access to things I needed to get my job done, then they hired an assistant for me, one who has no skills in the profession or even computer skills, so not only am I learning my role but I’m also training someone else on HR and computer things such as Adobe, Excel etc. don’t get me wrong, I really like my assistant, however, I need someone who has some bit of knowledge. 


Its grand central station, even with a sign that reads do not disturb meeting in progress hanging on my door people will knock at the door until I answer. There is one deadline after another. Its crazy. This place, though they’ve been around for years, is like a startup on steroids and I’ve had my share of startups. Noting compares to this. 


Friday I left early because my blood pressure was sky high and I had a nose bleed. SMH 


Needless to say that after 30-days of working there I am back on high blood pressure medication. 


My predecessor lasted four months and his/her predecessor lasted a year. 


I am going to take a look at my finances. First I have to consolidate my student loans, that way I can reap the benefits of the full 20k forgiveness. 


Next im going to have to find out the cost if health insurance. Now that I am back on meds I can’t go without. 


I hate this. Weird thing is something told me not to take this job. 

7 Responses to “Work Chaos Is Impacting My Health ”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry things are crazy. Any chance you can talk to your supervisor about figuring out ways to make it less chaotic? Sorry about having to go back on bp meds.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I hope you can get things to work more in your favor in the future.

  3. Lots of Ideas Says:

    Amber, if you have decided this is not a good place for you long term, take a step back from trying to do a super job and lower your standards to β€˜adequate.’
    Figure out what the few things that absolutely must get done by a certain time and focus on those.
    If people ask for things by a deadline you can’t meet, tell the requester that and provide a realistic deadline.
    Find one or two things that your assistant can do, teach her those, and let her sink or swim.
    Know that your meetings will be interrupted. Hand people a post it note that says β€˜I will call you back’ or β€˜come back at 11:00’ or whatever (Not β€˜CAN’T YOU READ? though)

    When we are used to doing a great job, we try to meet unrealistic expectations and companies will take and take and take.

    As you know, HR protects the interests of the employer, not the employees - you have to take care of yourself.

    What is the worst case scenario? They get themselves enough together to take you through progressive discipline, then fire you?
    Would you then be eligible for unemployment?

    If they have had trouble keeping someone in the job, you doing the critical tasks is better for them than no one plus having to interview To fill the job.

    Think of it as a consulting assignment - short term to keep them afloat and maybe solve some of their problems.

    In the meantime, follow your other steps. You loved consulting except for the financial uncertainty, right? Maybe that is a better path for you. In the meantime though, try to fix this situation with a change in your own attitude - you are just passing through, just doing what you can…

    I believe in you.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Can your assistant be an intermediary with anyone coming by wanting to see you? She could have them make an appointment based on your availability.

  5. mumof2 Says:

    Lots of ideas has a lot of what i was going to say...keep looking for a new job...don't wreck your health for really isn't worth it...if you dropped dead tomorrow they would just replace you...they wouldn't low your expectations, do it on your time..if they ask why it isn't done or why can't it be done tell them you don't have the resources or staff to do it...give your assistant tasks to do if she can't do them then that is on her...if she applied for the job surely they would have put what they needed either way she lied to get the job or they didn't tell her...but not up to you to train her...up to her to take initiative to teach herself...but most of all look for another position...the stress isn't worth it

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Yikes! This sounds awful! Do what you can for the duration but start making an exit plan right away. A good paycheck is not worth damaging your health.

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    How soon can you find another job?

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