Hello and thanks for your attention.
Right now i am a full time software developer(among other things) in a small company, around 16 people, has been for now nearly 9 months, but due to significant increase of stress at workplace i wish to reduce my work time or if not possible leave the company altogether, but i prefer not to leave if possible so i am looking for a way to persuade my employer to allow me to continue as a part time employee(what i have in mind is 25-30 hour per week).
Right now i am 22 year old collage graduate with 2-3 years of experience mostly as freelancer and part time during my study, my current job is my first full time job out of collage and it started as pretty normal job with low but decent wage and normal workplace conditions and responsibilities. However ever since our lead developer left i find myself overwhelmed with pressure and responsibilities at my job.
The situation is that me and our lead developer arrived at the company at the same time, and spent a lot of time together so we became friends and because i am the kind of person who knows a little about everything the lead developer got me involved in pretty much every thing in our company from desktop programming(my offical job) to hardware assembly, web developer and Server administration, and so beside my normal programming job i end up begin responsible with some of Lead dev responsibilities as well when he was occupied with stuff. It was kinda hard on many occasions but i liked working with lead dev and i was gaining a lot of experience.
my problems are started when about 2 weeks ago our lead dev left without saying a word, and not in a professional way, just while we were on the process of publishing our two main products. so i got stuck with sorting everything out, figuring out where are projects that our lead was working on, what was he doing, where were documentations, resetting server and cloud passwords really just about everything. and now while i still have to keep up with the dead lines at my own projects i have debug projects of previous lead dev, handle accounts and subscriptions and really everything.
And at this point i would like to once again repeat that i am 22 years with only 3 years of mostly part time experience. with begin youngest and most inexperienced developer at our company, no one listens to me. I am having very hard time getting other developer to do some of the left behind work(which i cleared with technical manager), I was Told by our Technical Manager to reset all passwords and all other devs acts if i am running around resting passwords and firewalls because for fun something. I am so tired of arguing.
BUT WAIT! it gets better! not only our technical manager is in Germany right now and will be there for several more months. this morning our ex-lead dev called the company all mad and most likely drunk because he thought someone hacked his accounts using data he left behind on his work computer(and i remind you the he left without a word to anyone). So he asked my to clean his personal data, and then he called our boss Blamed them for hacking his accounts, Threatened to hack them, i say that again, HE THREATENED our boss that he would hack our company in retaliation and expose all the codes, and then he asked me to give him all the company codes(which i refused ofcourse) and told my boss that i am working with him in this whole hacking thing.
I swear to god if we weren't friends before i would have told my boss to press charges against him or something.
Honestly i just want scream right now, i am effectively lead dev but no one listens to me, i am in charge of our server and most cloud accounts right now while my old supervisor is on a drunken rampage against the company, and because he and i were once friend everyone is giving me the stink eye, and with everything i still have full load of work as my official job as desktop developer.
I don't want to leave my first full time job with so little previous work history, but if things just go on like this i am just afraid of something worse happening.
I just don't know what to do right now other than finding a way to somehow escape all this. and i really need a break.
sorry for the long story.
I have read the question that questions seems to be the duplicate of. And reading the answered help me a little. Although one thing that i would say is the different in my situation is the fact that at the moment company is under staffed and under pressure, And i wonder if it is a good idea to take advantage of that fact by saying that if they don't take me as a part timer employee i will simply leave, and also what's a polite way of saying that. I have never been in this much pressure and i don't think people really respect me enough with all that happened to be persuasive enough by begin straight forward.