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open thread – February 23-24, 2024 — Ask a Supervisor


I’m anxious my present job is burning me out and am having hassle considering of the place to go subsequent. Hoping the commentariat may also help me brainstorm! Some background:

I’m at present a social employee licensed on the masters stage – considered getting my medical license however I’ve realized that entire course of could be depressing for me, which might be unfair to the shoppers. I work at a small medical clinic whose mission I LOVE, however my specific job is simply horrible for a way my mind works. I’ve ADHD and don’t do nicely with interruptions, however the tradition on the clinic could be very a lot “pop in and ask questions.” Makes an attempt to carve out time to maintain my door closed/telephone on DND had been met with complaints. Even when there’s a affected person visibly in my workplace, I see coworkers standing outdoors my door wanting aggravated that I received’t interrupt the appointment to speak with them.

I even have a variety of hassle prioritizing the numerous elements of my job, since actually each a part of what I do is vitally necessary to the susceptible individuals I work with – suppose advantages purposes, serving to to erase medical debt, referring to space assets for housing/meals insecurity. I spend a variety of time in process paralysis, as a result of doing one factor for one particular person implies that another person has to attend.

I’m additionally the one social employee at my office, so apart from the occasional short-term volunteer or intern I virtually by no means have anybody to share the load with or delegate to. I’m fairly positive my workload is just too excessive, however since my ADHD makes it so onerous to get something achieved I can’t inform if it’s truly cheap and I’m simply notably inefficient – and once more, I’ve nobody to check notes with. My predecessor was a “rockstar,” however an enormous a part of that stemmed from her versatile boundaries.

I’ve been fairly inflexible with my work hours and bounds: I keep away from bringing work residence at any time when potential, I don’t have my work e-mail on my telephone, and the few coworkers who’ve my cell quantity perceive that I don’t use it for work. I experimented with performing some smaller duties at residence however fairly rapidly realized that it made my psychological well being worse.

I do know for positive that I couldn’t deal with being reachable at residence for this specific job, particularly as a result of my supervisor is thought for demanding fixed availability as soon as somebody makes themselves reachable of their off-hours. She truly tried to stress certainly one of my coworkers into “suggesting” that I be extra open to accepting calls/emails from residence, however has by no means stated something to me instantly – presumably as a result of my place is fairly onerous to rent for (candidates have to be bilingual) and she or he doesn’t need me to go away.

If my job might be achieved 100% at residence I feel it will be completely different. I kinda have the worst of each worlds proper now: utilizing up my govt operate on waking up early/commuting/performing productiveness, with the extra stress to *additionally* be out there remotely. Within the 3 months I might WFH at my final job, my psychological well being was significantly better (however the pay and higher administration had been terrible).

I actually suppose it may be higher to transition out of social work solely, because the low pay can be an enormous a part of my dissatisfaction. I simply don’t know how my abilities may also help me get a job that’s truly higher than this one. It looks like there are tons of jobs that provide decrease pay, longer hours, and/or worse work-life steadiness; nothing I qualify for looks as if it will be that a lot of an enchancment.

Right here’s my “want checklist” for my subsequent job, although I do know just about no job may have all of those:

-relatively low-stakes – the worst that occurs is that I get fired; my errors don’t value susceptible individuals their housing, meals, entry to medicines, and so forth
-A couple of initiatives with distinct timelines, somewhat than a bunch of recent duties coming in each hour
-the capability to only do my job and go residence – no expectation of fixed availability
-full WFH could be good so long as I might nonetheless disconnect on the finish of the day/work week
-for in-office work, the flexibility to proceed carrying a masks (non-negotiable – the one benefit of being in a medical setting)
-this is tremendous subjective, however morally impartial or net-positive influence to unusual individuals (no serving to insurance coverage firms deny claims, weapons manufacturing, and so forth)
-at least 60k/yr

I might love to listen to any concepts the commentariat might have! Thanks for studying this far when you did.

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