Should I quit my job?
March 5, 2014 5:46 PM Subscribe
Overworked and about to be more so. Should I quit?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work as an assistant to a high level executive in a sector that I have no previous experience in. I took this job because it was offered to me, I needed the work, and I had loans to pay (ah grad school).
The executive I work for is very nice and very busy. He has high expectations, but he also achieves a lot so I think his expectations are merited. His job description is expanding and as a result, so are my tasks. All the tasks that are assigned to me are time sensitive and extremely important to the company's success. Basically: they must get done and immediately.
In the past few months I have been working practically non-stop. I come in on time, work straight until lunch with no break, eat a five minute lunch at my desk, work straight through the afternoon with no break, and end up leaving an hour or so after I am supposed to. I have been completing a ton of things. At the same time I am utterly past capacity at this point. The long work hours are exhausting, especially when I don't really have time to collect my thoughts. I feel like I have to keep plowing through all the tasks just to get everything done. Even with my overwork there are still things that slip through the cracks. The overwork has been taking a toll on my home life, my self esteem, and my ability to concentrate.
I feel as if the executive I work for needs to add another employee to his staff (at least part time). Unfortunately it's a small organization, and I know they don't have the budget for that.
So, I'm feeling kind of lost, very stressed, and I have been thinking about quitting. I interviewed with a different company about a month ago but I haven't heard anything back yet. If I quit, it would be without a job offer and that sort of terrifies me. My spouse and I were also hoping to save for a down payment after my loans were paid off; Unemployment would put a pause in that.
On the other hand, I'm a DINK and my spouse makes enough that we could get by without too much trouble. And my loans are nearly completely paid off at this point. I want to do something related to my masters degree (which is completely unrelated to the company where I work).
TLDR: Too much work, can't negotiate workload, not related to degree, can survive on spouse income, would prefer to work (somewhere).
So, should I quit my job?