A small step forward

Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? I hope you’re doing well and staying safe!

I’m alive, and still COVID-free, which is not that surprising as I work from home and haven’t really gone out other than to stock up on groceries once or twice a month.

I’m still tired, and stressed, and, I have to admit, I did break down a little earlier this week, as everything at work feels way too heavy, way more than I can do being piled up on me.

Yesterday, after trying to talk to my boss several times and getting nowhere, I finally lost my shit. I threw caution to the wind and just told him I can’t take it anywhere, and that something needs to be taken off my plate. Despite my stress, I had a plan of action, and proposed it to my boss. He did agree, which doesn’t make my life easy, but it does make it easier and a little bit less stressful.

I’m still considering quitting, because it should never have to reach a point where one of your employees is breaking to do something about it, but that gives me a little more time to breathe, think and plan.

In the meanwhile, I’m trying to keep the blogs updated, and doing a little side gig teaching English conversation. It’s some extra work on my plate, not much money, but preparing lesson plans and teaching has been a lot of fun and a welcome break from the kind of work I do.

What about you all? What have you been doing? Anything new? I’d love to read about it in the comments!

See you on the next post!

10 thoughts on “A small step forward”

  1. Sorry to hear about the work troubles. Glad you stood up for yourself. Managers need to manage, not only the projects and the job, they need to manage the people and ensure they are treated fairly. This part tends to be the most difficult for those managers that are managers in name only. Hope things work out for you Jay. We are just sitting in our bubble in the freezing cold trying to stay safe. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Thank you so much, Allan! It is very disheartening to see that managers just sit there and don’t manage until they’re forced too. I’m hoping things will improve a little. We have a lot of heat down here in Brazil, let me know if you want me to send some up! Take care!

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  2. This sounds like relatively good news, Jay. Good for you. If the job wasn’t a challenge, you’d be bored. Creating boundaries, though, is necessary. It is a shame that managers aren’t generally better leaders. Leaders pay attention to their people and work to make they have the resources they need. They also pay attention to limits and work to keep their people from being overloaded like you have been. It’s not easy to find a good leader that is also a manager.
    Sounds like the conversation thing is a welcome distraction. It might mean more stuff to take up your time, but it sounds like something you are welcoming as a change of pace. Again, good for you.
    As for me, I’m still putting one foot in front of the other. My job could use a few adjustments, but I have elected to fight the battles I can and not let the rest get me too far down. I speak my mind when the opportunity presents itself. My manager also lacks in the leadership department.
    The “not the job” front is cruising along for now.

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    1. It is good news. I do like a good challenge and hate to be sitting there getting paid to do nothing. Just the fact that we shifted things around so I’m not stretched so thin was a weight off my shoulders. I don’t dislike my boss, but he does have a laissez-faire approach that doesn’t always work well. Sure, sometimes telling your staff to handle things is the right thing to do, but a good manager knows (s)he needs to step in sometimes and take responsibility.
      It is a pretty welcome distraction – I’ve missed teaching, even though class prep takes quite some time. It’s fun to research stuff and create lesson plans, though, and it’s only one class per week. Hardly making bank, but it’s still nice.
      I totally understand picking your battles wisely. Sometimes you really need to let some stuff go and fight for the most relevant things, otherwise you wear yourself (and everyone around you) out.
      Hope the creative projects start flowing soon!

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  3. I have a friend who’s overloaded like that. She was given a contractor to work with but he does literally nothing for her. So, feeling the flames under her feet, she’s been working seventy-two hour weeks.

    I’m glad you spoke up.

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    1. Oh, my. I know my limits, and these rest on a 40-hour week (though I have been doing more than that, which I hope changes). One seventy-two hour week alone would drive me batty! I really hope things improve for your friend! I’m somewhat in this same boat in which I have someone to “help” me, but this person doesn’t really work much if at all.

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