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Work - where do I start?
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I have too much work to do, but every time I try to get work done, I break down almost to the point of tears, because I can see no way through to the point where workload is under control and I can get stuff done before people query why it's not already done. Sorry about the long sentence.

It is almost 5pm and I should be leaving soon, but I still haven't touched the urgent domain order, nor organised an induction, nor dealt with more than half a dozen of the many issues brought to my attention today, each of which is likely to take some time to resolve. Sorry about the long sentence.

There is no one who can help, because part of the workload is due to me not working quick enough, or hard enough, or long enough, or something, and because the few people who can help don't have the time to help (we desperately need to start training a Sydney person to do telehousing), or are supposed to give higher priority to other tasks. Sorry about the long sentence.

Maybe it's better being stressed about work than having a "can't be bothered" feeling, but the stress isn't helping me fix the situation. I'd expand on that so that I could once again apologise for sentence length, but fuck it. To do list addition: edit this post to remove the expletive; I'm not a big fan of using them, despite an urge to litter it throughout this post.

Executive summary: too much work, no end in sight, and no idea how I'm going to be able to leave work for a week's parental leave.

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I think we share the same pain. Infact, I know we do.

I have realised since leaving that the solution is actually fairly obvious: Do absolutely the best you can in the eight hours a day you're there. Don't worry about time getting away from you because that is usually unhelpful. When the inevitable occurs and questions are asked as to why X, Y and Z were not completed within the requested timeframe answer honestly (the company doesn't provide the resources to do what needs to be done).

As for the leave, just take it and don't worry. If the company hasn't provisioned for the fact that you (and other employees) have a family then that's their problem.

If only it were that easy.

It's hard doing the best I can in the eight hours I'm here. Hard to get motivated. And because of this, part of the workload problem is due to me not working effectively.

I have every intention of going on leave and not looking back, but to start the leave on a good note, I need to get some stuff done so that I'm not constantly worried about what is going to break and make people think I haven't done my job.

Lastly, I care because I care about the people with whom I work, but also because I don't want to burn bridges. To have a chance of getting another job, it will help to keep people on side, by showing that I can actually get stuff done and don't require continuous reminders.

Re: If only it were that easy.

It's because you have an "emotional history" with the company and your work. You remember a time when it really was much better.

I realised after I left that it is possible to be utterly professional and maintain a decent relationship with one's co-workers without letting the job drive you into the ground. Although having a clean break really helped in that regards.

Most people around you probably realise you're trying to do your best anyway because they know how hard it is too. I wouldn't worry about burning bridges because the company is clearly burning them more in relation to the employees than anyone else possibly could. At last check your lot were ultimately destined for Sydney, Support was to be sent to Ballarat and NOC are outsourced and probably going to be shipped across the Tasman anyway. That isn't burning bridges, that's blowing them to kingdom come!

Besides, if management there shafts you, you can probably get a decent reference from Bart.

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