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Working all the hours but still not getting everything done.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by little_cat, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. little_cat

    little_cat New commenter

    I’m really struggling and just don’t know what to do.

    My role was changed in November to something I haven’t done for years(there are other issues too, a lot of stuff that shouldn’t have been dumped on me, has been). I work part time but am having to do 20-25hrs a week at home and am still not getting everything done.

    Just been diagnosed with depression which is 100% a cause of work.

    I can’t keep doing what I am doing in terms of workload, it’s destroying me, I need to be able to live alongside work rather than spend every waking moment thinking about it.
  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    So sorry to hear you're struggling. You seem to have been in contact with your GP, which is good. Take time off if you need to. And take care of yourself.
    In the longer term, is there any chance of the workload lessening? For example, are some of the tasks finite and once done, can be left alone? If so, can you ask for a day or two off timetable to tackle these and bring it all up to speed?
    It sounds as if the change was not made after you requested/applied for it, but just thrust upon you. Is this the case? If so, what is the union advice under those circumstances? Is it a TLR position? Could you step down from it? What are your SLT like? Can you discuss it with them? After your diagnosis, you might have some weight on your side.
    I am sure others will come along with good advice soon, but you sounded so fragile I couldn't read and run.
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  3. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The job has affected your mental health. You are working up to 25 hours at home, that's over 4 hours a day Monday to Saturday. If you add in your contracted part time hours you are working a full time job for part time pay. Divide your monthly pay by your monthly hours and work out your hourly rate and I bet you'd earn more per hour stacking the shelves at your local supermarket and when you clocked off the time would be yours with none of the worry and extra work you get at the moment.

    You accept that you can't go on as you are. Your part time job dominates your full time life and you know things have to change, change not just for you but your partner and family - what joy, happiness and normal family life are they getting from you when you are so pre-occupied with work? How much precious, rewarding time with others who love and care for you are you throwing away?
    agathamorse and letap like this.
  4. letap

    letap Occasional commenter

    The chances are that with the extra hours your are working - you are probably working not too far off minimum wage. With the issues you have mentioned in your post little_cat - you have to ask yourself is it worth it?
    Ivanhoe, pepper5 and agathamorse like this.
  5. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    You need to contact your Union at the Regional Centre not the school rep to discuss this matter.

    There are other jobs beside teaching,when you leave at the end of the day ,you have finished till the following day.
    pepper5 likes this.
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Many school reps could easily support the OP in sorting this out.

    Were you happy with this change or did you object formally at the time?
    Work with your union rep to list tasks that you have been asked to do over the last month that are your role and a list that are not. Go to the head to discuss it, with your union rep for support if you want.
    Stop doing this. Not sure how part time you are, but a few hours a week at home isn't unreasonable, but again make a diary of what you have done and when over the last month. Once your head sees how much time you are spending on each task and how this adds up, they ought to take action. Again work with your union rep to decide between you what is reasonable.
    So take clear and appropriate action to change things.
    If your head won't listen (not you don't bother with the above because you think they won't listen, but they actually don't) then you need to find a new job as soon as possible.
    strawbs and agathamorse like this.
  7. little_cat

    little_cat New commenter

    Thanks all for the replies. It has given me lots to think about and plans to make.

    Lots of changes have been made as we are a RI school and have been a long time now. Staff turnover is high hence people being used to teach subjects that aren’t their specialisms or main subjects.
  8. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Unadorned take on things-

    Well in that case there is no question or dilemma to me.
    You have been diagnosed with being in the wrong job and not changing to the right job.
    Blunt ,yes, but then you did say "100%".
    The fact of you needing a diagnosis from somebody else to tell you this implies some sort of resistance to change, so i'll help you-there are other jobs out there, but it has to be you who goes and gets one.
    agathamorse likes this.

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