Beat Breakfast Panel:Do I take the promotion?

When I first got my job 5 years ago my son was 1 and a half, my daughter was 4 and I was excited to get back to work after being a stay at home mom.  It was the place I always wanted to work, to do exciting, challenging, important work. In the past 6 months things have taken a drastic turn. I realize I am not alone in this with my job, but there have been job cuts and I feel like I’m drowning under a massive workload.

I’m struggling to sleep, having trouble meeting tight deadlines and can’t switch off from work, dealing with too much responsibility and a lack of support from my manager who I know is also dealing with the same issues.  There’s been a lot of turnover and burnout here of late, but I love the work when it’s not overwhelming me. As I said, It’s challenging, important work and what I’ve always wanted to do in a field that is not easy to get into.

Speaking of my boss, they are leaving the company – another casualty – and I have been approached with a promotion.  I’m not sure with what I’ve just explained that I want it. It may give me the management experience to move on to another organization while getting a bit of a raise. I don’t know if I should take the job and risk being even more overworked than I am for even a short period of time.  Is the short term pain for the long term gain worth it in the long run? What would you do?  Drowning at work from Waterloo 

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