We’re following up with Beat listeners to see how they made out after they sent in their questions to us – and you – for help. Every Friday, it’s a Follow-Up Friday on the Beat Breakfast Panel.
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
Since I messaged you things have been especially stressful at work. My boss left his position earlier than expected and I was asked to take on a portion of his work (It was split amongst the team). Thankfully I have a supportive husband who has been able to pick up the slack for me at home.
There were lots of wonderful responses on the Beat Facebook page but the ones that really affected me were the ones that talked about my family – “No job is worth losing time with young kids. They grow up too quickly.” They are growing so, so quickly and I feel like I’ve already missed out on so much. As I said, I truly love my job but it has been affecting my home life. I am not the same wife and mother I was, and want to be. Yes I want a career, but not at the expense of my family. I am not willing to make that sacrifice. The past few weeks have only made me realize that more. My husband feels the same way and fortunately he isn’t nearly as overwhelmed at his job. He said he was willing to walk away from his job if it allowed me to focus on my work and my career. Financially we could do it, but things would be tight, and ultimately I have decided to not take the promotion, and instead focus on doing what I can at work while finding a new job. Thank you for the overwhelming support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me! Drowning at work from Waterloo
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