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Heavy Workload and Many Hats, but No Communication and No Clear Expectations? [closed]

Like many of you, I am experiencing a heavy workload and shoulder many responsibilities beyond my role, including those of several levels above my normal duties. That is understandable and I believe, ...
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How to avoid having a higher total effort after delegating tasks to the team

In theory, the idea behind having a team of people to do something is that I can delegate some tasks to the team rather than doing everything myself. I work in software development and I regularly ...
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How do I properly address and handle work burnout?

Short backstory: I've been working for my current company for a few years as a developer and IT Support\Specialist which includes a lot of calls, help-desk duties along the developer part of the job. ...
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How can I handle too many expectations at a job I recently joined?

I joined a new job two weeks ago where I was hired after an interview based on generic JavaScript programming knowledge with my past work experience close to two years. For the initial 12 days, I was ...
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Boss keeps restricting my work

TL;DR bold text is the important bits. I work at a small company (<20 people) and I've noticed what appears to be a gradual worsening of favor with my boss. I do programming work primarily now but ...
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Disconnect between goals and daily tasks...Is it me, or the industry?

During my performance reviews at the three companies I have worked for during my 15+ year career in information security, I have seen a consistent and concerning disconnect between the annual goals/...
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What to do about being loaded with much more work than colleagues?

I work as a public school teacher. Starting this year, the principal started assigning staff to various committees. Each are responsible for different tasks, such as writing newsletters, organizing ...
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Feeling burnt out and like I need to leave but feeling guilty as there's no one to replace me

I've worked at my current place of employment for three years now and have progressed from mid level to 'lead' developer. It's primarily a PHP/Laravel based position. The reason I say 'Lead' developer ...
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Employment Law - Requirements for cover during leave

I have had to cover my leave for 6 years now. I am a NHS Medical Secretary and having had a conversation with my manager that I will need cover and giving written instructions/information relating to ...
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Internship with no given tasks

I'm an intern at a small tech company, and in the last few days I've been given no tasks. I've been doing research / studying documents about the language we use to code. However, when I ask for a ...
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Boss taking forever to check my work

My boss said he wanted to look at my code before I can test it on the system for our company. 3 weeks ago he said he will look over the weekend. Last week I asked him again and he said he will look at ...
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Would it look bad if I asked to be removed from a project?

So, I started a new job about 4 months ago. I could start an entire thread about the challenges that go with a complete lack of organization (which is part of the issue here), but I'll stick to the ...
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How to stop being exploited by the employer and ensure getting my payment

I have been working online. I am being exploited by being sent tasks that require a lot of time, maybe the whole day. In addition, I don’t receive enough compensation for my work, for example we agree ...
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How can I ask my team lead not to assign me large amounts of work that falls outside my job description?

I'm a software developer on a team of five people. This team has a lead, a web developer, a back-end developer, and two mobile developers. This team structure is relatively new, and we are currently ...
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Handed notice in - suddenly not doing anything right

I recently handed my notice in at my current employer. My company notice period in my contract is 3 months. I have a fair bit of work to do before I leave, which is alright, and this workload goes ...
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What to do if you are running out of work to do? [duplicate]

At my current job, work has really tried up. It's a combination of COVID and a few other internal matters but there's a bit of bureaucracy preventing new projects from starting. My estimate is that it'...
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Is uncertainty about what to work on normal?

I work as a Software Engineer. The team has bi-weekly sprints. For the past 2 months sprint planning has been basically impossible to do. The manager himself doesn't know if we're going to start a ...
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How to deal with excessive workload? [closed]

I work in a still very young but very lucrative consulting company. Within a short period of time my role has changed from technical consultant to developer/architect, which is what I wanted to do. ...
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Am I overloaded or just slow?

I think there are multiple issues needing to be addressed, but the main one I want to resolve is in the question title. Some background context: I'm somewhere between a junior and mid level software ...
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Boss asking me to do web development but I'm not a developer

I have a dilemma. My boss has been pushing me to do web development even though I am not technically a developer. I feel it's getting close to him firing me if I don't. I believe the reasoning is he ...
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I feel like I'm going to be telling tales to my bosses

This is difficult and I'm new here so some context first before I ask the question. I'm not very good at going to management to tell them stuff. I like to get on and do and listen to the politicking ...
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Was assigned task different to my work duties; how can I handle this?

So, I work as a IT Tech/Help Desk, working 1 on 1 with staff in the company I'm at. While I was not at work, I have been assigned a extra duty that involves me having to teach a customer service ...
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How to deal with a manager who deliberately overloads you with work

I work at an in-house creative agency as a UX/UI Designer. My line manger is the creative director, I am the only person in the team other than him who does UX UI work. It seems to me he believes that ...
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I don't have very much work to do. What should I do about it? [duplicate]

Backstory: I'm an Electrical Engineer (EE) at a small company that makes biometric sensors, I started about a year and a half ago (third professional job post college). I have a BS in Electrical ...
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How to deal with line manager who doesn't understand complexity of my tasks? [closed]

Background I have been in my current position as UX / UI designer at an in-house insurance design agency for just over a year. Prior to my arrival my line manager, who is a designer himself handled ...
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Feeling bad about going home at the end of the shift

Does anyone also feel like they should stay extra hours at work or feel bad if leave on time while others are still there? I don't have a shift sheet to fill or any control of my arrivals/departure at ...
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Coworker assigned his work to me with little notice; how to handle this?

My coworker who likes to push his work to other people emailed my supervisor with me as CC. Email goes like this: Hi Team Lead, Here’s the task assignment for tomorrow. A. WORK WORK WORK ...
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How do I ask for more work [duplicate]

I've just recently started working for a company on a 3 month probation; this is my second month. I feel like I am being underutilized. I do have specific duties that were assigned to me, but I need ...
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Team asked to stay late to finish another team's work. Finished my portion first and left, then criticised for leaving - was I in the wrong?

Our team of 5 (including supervisor) were asked by higher management to stay late after work to carry out a task that isn't part of our normal duties, but was necessary for the company as a whole due ...
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How much work am I actually obligated to complete?

Background: I am a mid-level developer at a large company. My company uses a ticketing system to track our progress on issues. Each ticket has an estimated amount of time assigned to it from one of ...
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How to break the cycle of being a "load bearing employee" because of no time to cross-train others because of constant deadlines?

Edit: I considered this question (How to protest a deadline that is too short?) as a suggested duplicate, but in my situation there is no realistic way to 'protest' a deadline, since there's no real ...
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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

My boss likes our engineers to work overtime to fix bugs. One of his favorite arguments is that being a responsible engineer, when you know it is exactly your codes that cause the bugs how can you ...
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Out of scope work duties and resignation

I have been facing some ongoing issues related to excessive workload in my current job, and my attempts to address the issue with both my manager and upper management have not resulted in any progress ...
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When company doesn’t achieve targets I am blamed by my boss. Our monthly targets are set up very high

I joined my present company 6 years ago. I had to join without any options as my residency was getting over (my home country is India), and only this company provided it. We started with monthly ...
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What is the proper way to handle a situation where a coworker is asking repeatedly the status of their project, when it has not been started?

What is the proper way to handle a situation where a coworker (call them "Not-Started") is asking repeatedly, every day, in person, or via email the status on their project, when I am working on an ...
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I have taken a new role and I am not enjoying it [closed]

I have recently started working for this large company mid of last year. I initially started as Accounts Payable officer. The bosses have recognised my work and they have offered me a position in a ...
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How do I generate work if there is no work coming?

I am a software developer and I am in a team full of business analysts. Before we were 3 developers but now I am just the only one. My situation right now is a bit idle. I am just doing support ...
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What will motivate management to address operations shortfall?

The business I work for is a restaurant (franchise, one of 80+.) In 3 years it has rarely operated with a full staff because attracting workers to this location is difficult. My question is about how ...
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How to deal with manager who expects more than we can contribute?

I am in a very complicated situation: I was hired 2.5 years ago at this company for a job I was not trained for but I was sure I could do it. I was very upfront about it at the interview and I was ...
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Written warning for allegedly "slacking off" (in Germany)

Disclaimer: I am asking this question for a friend, since he does not want to make an account here for one reason or another. My friend works as an IT expert in quite a large company, in Germany. He ...
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How to balance faster employee and their peers?

I work in the Fintech/IT/Banking industry and understand the pressure of this field. Recently, we had a product UI overhaul and everybody has to work over time. What gets me is, I work faster than ...
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Should lack of workload be a warning sign for something bigger?

so I've been at my new job for about seven months now and have not had much to do. Couple of weeks of getting things settled, finding my desk, meeting people, etc...I was told by some of my senior ...
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Manager is over-simplifying project tasks and timelines

I'm working as an offshore ERP Development Lead with a BPO Company and have a Onshore Manager ("MM"). Apart from being a developer, I also do a lot of Support and Testing work, since we're a ...
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Govt job, I'm given 2x more work for the same pay as my coworkers [closed]

I work for a State Government, doing acquisition of property for public projects. We essentially get assigned "parcels", and have what is referred to as a LET date, where we need to acquire everything....
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What should I do with short periods of time with nothing to do? [duplicate]

As a software developer on a relatively small team handling a big job, I have never found myself with no tasks on my plate; new work comes frequently, and completed tasks are quickly replaced with new ...
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How to deal with a workplace that spreads you too thin?

I am in a situation that I do not believe is unique. Basically company A is a small company, less than 100 employees, in cyber security industry. There is a ton of work to be done, but lacking the ...
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How to cope in Service Desk with blurry lines between 1st and 2nd line level? [closed]

(Wasn't certain how to phrase my Title - edit as you see fit) I work in a IT service desk as a L2 tech, but I frequently get to deal with 1st line cases where my manager asks me to: a) handle 1st ...
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Not getting a pay raise but being assigned more duties [duplicate]

I have been working at a large company for about a year now. In the first 4 months I interviewed for a different position at the request of my GM and was hired onto a new department essentially ...
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Nationwide laws increased work load, should my field get a raise?

I work in the medical field, focusing in the pharmaceutical department, getting scheduled drugs authorized. Due to the "opioid Epidemic" there is a major increase in the work load for Narcotic ...
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What to do about not having any work to do? [duplicate]

I'm an IT contractor working for a company through a contracting agency. I have recently moved to a new position (I've been here a month), and one of the things I'm noticing at the moment is that ...
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