So, I started my new job back in May of this year, and I was kind of excited to get started with this team because it was a change from the everyday melodrama that was everyday life.
After the first month things seemed to be all good and well. We all got along, the guys seemed to be hard workers, they showed up everyday and training went great; but once I was comfortable with the layout of the job and the scope of my duties, reality set in.
Both of the guys I work with are burned out and really don’t want to be here. They, along with my supervisor, have informed me that they aren’t all that happy.
One of the guys I work with has been here for 15 years, the other has been here for 6, and the things they have had to put up with would drive even the most patient person in the world to the point of indifference and unconcern. Both really don’t like their jobs, but they show up everyday and do as little as they can.
When I started this job, I was led to believe in the interview as well as conversations during training that we were a team and would be splitting the workload and that isn’t happening.
Our supervisor and I had a talk a few weeks ago about this very thing, but instead of venting and complaining, I casually mentioned that I seem to be doing more than the other two and that I would appreciate it if they would do a little more. During our conversation he said something that I found to be strange and a bit hypocritical.
He mentioned that before I came on board, he had three employees and one of the guys was carrying more weight than the other two. Basically, the completed request ratio was around 10 requests to every 3 or four for the other two guys on the team. This went on for about four years and eventually the guy complained about it to our supervisor, but even after talking with the other two and trying to balance the workload, the discrepancy never changed.
So, he knew for some time that both guys I work with are burned out and then he informs me that even though he knew that, he still made the decision when I started back in May to take one of them off the requests that come in so only two of us would be handling the workload. Myself and one of the guys who doesn’t carry his weight.
His purpose for that was because the guy didn’t really want to do it anymore and my supervisor needed a backup for all the work he does, so he figured taking him off the request list would be the best way to fix that problem.
Sooooo…you have a team of three people. One guy is doing more work than the other two and gets burned out. He complains that the workload isn’t being distributed fairly, the other two don’t care. One of them quits. You hire someone as a replacement, then take ONE employee off the workload and leave the new person along with one of the remaining people who are proven not to carry their weight to divide the work between two people.
Does that sound logical?
Yeah…it left me scratching my head because I don’t find that logical at all. I find it pathetic!
You only have three employees! How in the world do you figure that removing one of them from the workload is going to balance the workload when one of the two doesn’t really want to carry their weight?
Isn’t that like being stuck in a revolving door? I mean someone’s eventually going to get burned out again, and sadly, that someone happens to be me.
And what’s even more sad?
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Pathetic! That I’m looking for another job after being in this one for only 6 and a half months.
(I’m so damn tired…)