Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Careful what you wish for...

For a while now I've been struggling with work burn-out and I've truly varied between extreme frustration and extreme boredom, with occasional periods of peace along the way.  And it has occurred to me that I should be careful or someone would find something to keep me busy. 

About a month ago, one of my co-workers left for greener pastures.  Guess where his caseload ended up?  And now, as of last week, I am significantly busier than I have been in years.  Granted, the new stuff is stuff that I have no interest in, but I can't say I'm sorry to have it.  I thought it would be a nice diversion for a couple months, only to learn that the powers that be (county board, not my department head) put the request to fill the position on hold pending initial budget/levee stuff in September.  So likely this past week will be my reality until sometime in October or November. 

I'm annoyed with "the system" on principle I guess, though not particularly annoyed with the daily reality.  What concerns me more is that I totally think I will absorb the second caseload with little problem, which will not bode well for convincing the powers that be that we need another person.  So do I step it up and do what needs to be done, like the efficient worker-bee I am, or do I whine and pretend to be overwhelmed and swamped, so that we can fill the position?  That is more of a dilemma for me than actually managing the double workload, since it triggers two of my most strongly-held habits:  truthfulness and work pride.  What in the world will come of this?

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  1. You will be truthful and you will do the work and you will do it well. I know that because we are secret sisters, remember?

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    1. right - and then I'll be stuck with this shi*t forever, which is not at all what I want.

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  2. You just don't seem like a whiner to me, Sarah :)

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    1. You don't think post itself is whining? Bless you.

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  3. I went from three days a week to full time recently to cover an unexpected move for a co-worker. It's rough! "Whining" is allowed (at least a little!)

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