Should I request a transfer? Get a new job?
January 15, 2014 5:15 AM Subscribe
I am currently working a job I've been at for 4 months. I haven't really enjoyed said job (particularly the hours it has required), and have recently suffered a setback that has made it more difficult than ever for me to deal with it. I was thinking of requesting a transfer, but I'm not sure if that's the right idea. I'd really like things not to backfire.
posted by Sakura3210 to Work & Money (13 answers total)
When I was hired, I was told the hours would be more than 9-5, but thought I would be ok because 1) I'd be doing work I thought sounded interesting and 2) I figured the hours wouldn't consistently be that much greater (i.e. more hours would be around some project's crunch time).
Four months in, I've barely done any work of the interesting variety I thought I'd be getting; instead, I do rote updating of documents and research of a tedious variety. My work schedule is much more than I thought - I am working a minimum of 10 hours a day (usually more like 11-12), in addition to some weekends. As an exempt employee, I get no overtime. This would still be fine (though not great) had it not been for the recent passing of a parent and grandparent (both 3 weeks ago).
I cannot handle the heavy workload anymore (this week, for example, I've gotten less than 5 hours of sleep a night Saturday - Tuesday). Yesterday, I broke down from stress and frustration, and had to lock myself in a bathroom roughly 4 times so no one would see me crying. I want to ask to be reassigned to a different department where I might have a lighter workload, enabling me to go home and spend time with my family, especially as we are still grieving.
I've thought about the consequences to my career, but at this point I honestly don't think I want to even stay in this field (I've been contemplating going back to school and getting a different degree). I thought this job would be one where people would come to me with problems, that I could then 1) figure out why the problem happened and 2) figure out solutions to (which I thought I would enjoy), but instead I am implementing the solutions of others/keeping records of the solutions others come up with, something I don't enjoy at all. It doesn't appear that things will change at the job either.
Is asking for a transfer the right move? Should I be looking into different jobs? If so, what kind/how can I determine what kind (given what I stated above)? Any help will be much appreciated.