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?