Talk to a lawyer, now. This is specific to Germany.
You have limited time to oppose this formal notification
According to German law this may have serious implications
According to German law it must be substantiated.
The last one is significant.
Slacking off is not worthy a written notification unless it happens severely and/or over longer durations. ...
Of course your management doesn't think you need more people, you have people who are clearly not busy.
Never do someone else's work over for them. Miss the deadline and send it back. Every time. You are incentivising them to perform poorly. Stop it. Eventually they will get better or get fired.
As far as you own actual workload. Learn to say no. When you ...
What is always the recommended sequence of things: You look for a new job. You get a job offer, and sign a legally binding contract. Then you give notice to the old company. That’s how it’s done, that’s the way that is safe for you and absolutely professional.
As far as your old company is concerned: You do work as you are paid for. If your manager assigns ...
First off, I would like to commend you for looking for more work. Lots of people in your situation sit around and do nothing. I am also software developer, here is what I do during slow time:
Write/update system documentation
Write utility programs
Create training/handoff material
Analyze the current system to look for efficiencies
Attempt to ...
I am a retired engineer. During my 30 year career life, I had been in this kind of situation several times before. Hope my experience and advice can be helpful and useful.
For those who never have this kind of experience before, your story is unimaginable. What? You have nothing to work on while other employees have to work overtime. I would like to assure ...
a salary study showed we lagged behind 20% other localities starting
This is simple, the real answer is you need to get your resume prepared, find another job, and then leave your current employer. Based on my experience, the government sector has never paid what the private sector will for comparable skills. Also, most governments lag behind ...
I think there are already answers covering many aspects, but if you're looking for a good response to this emotional manipulation, you could maybe say something like that:
If I am not rested, I cannot work focused, more errors sneak in, and that is irresponsible!
So I take responsibility, go home and try to sleep well!
Minority opinion: In certain circumstances it's perfectly fine and actually helpful to resign without having a new job lined up. These circumstances are not that rare:
You have reasonably employable skills,
Good performer with decent achievements and ok resume
Work in an industry that's overall healthy,
Your professional network is active and up to date
As this happened in Germany, I assume "written warning" means "Abmahnung".
This is serious, as this means the in future he might be legally fired for even rather minor stuff that would not justify a termination if it were a single event.
Therefore he really should consult with a lawyer, specialised in working laws ("Arbeitsrecht"), to evaluate how the ...
There's no realistic way to ask this without risking the negative repercussions that you say you want to avoid. In essence this boils down to a request for a raise as your hourly wage will go up. Your productivity is not relevant to this discussion. As you simultaneously want to reduce the hours you work, this is an even more delicate discussion/negotiation ...
Tell your manager.
Why to let your manager know
Overloaded does not need to mean that you are unwilling to complete the work or are incapable of managing it yourself, but it could indicate that you need some assistance with prioritizing.
Hiding your burden from your manager will not solve anything, as they will either:
Notice the drop in quality/...
So the issue here is how do I get people to stop expecting me to not
only do the what they ask and also to notice and fix a whole host of
older issues ?
Unfortunately, you don't.
Stakeholders have specific needs that they can articulate, and generalized needs that they can't.
When estimating a task, many include a certain percentage of time set aside ...
Was the management in the right?
Absolutely not, this manager is making ridiculous claims
In a lot of IT departments/companies learning in your work time as long as you have other work done is classed as development and learning which you can never do enough of in the development field.
On top of this the manager was even made aware that there was nothing ...
One difference between junior and senior levels is the ability to manage yourself. That includes handling a workload that is too big.
Your three allies are delegation, priorities and saying no.
delegation -- this is an art all by itself. I know exactly what you feel, been there, done that. Yes, sometimes you have to give work to people who can't do it as ...
Basically, you have three options
Use that free time you have to do something else. You could take some courses to improve your knowledge, for example.
However, that option doesn't seem to fit with what you want, so, let's go ahead with the other two:
"Sell projects": You seem to be a proactive person and to have many ideas, so, you could use your time to ...
What your boss is doing is called emotional manipulation and as you see in the quick search there is stacks of information about it.
If that was my boss I would be asking if the engineers of Fukushima should consider seppuku because that would be a good overly dramatic counter argument to expose the ridiculousness of his claims..
There was an implicit understanding that we would leave work once they were complete.
Perhaps the problem was that this was an implicit understanding and not an explicit one.
You also mention, emphasis mine:
Our team [...] 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 ...
In the spirit of "it's better to ask for forgiveness than for permission:"
Learn, wherever you can find lessons. The internet, books, your colleagues. The time of my most intensive knowledge building was usually when things weren't that hectic in my regular work.
Help in other projects. It seems some people have lots of work to do and it would be a safe ...
I won't have time to work on projects that I actually get paid for.
There are two simply answers depending on whether you're a contractor or not:
Contractor: you reply that this wasn't part of the contract or wasn't included in estimate or specification of the project you were hired for. You're happy to do these tasks at your usual rate with the ...
"There are lower level technical employees (that basically do nothing and incredibly lazy) but if you want to offload work to them, expect to spend 3x the time teaching them."
Well, if you're going to do the stuff anyway you can still throw out any or all work they did. Just give them a task and don't teach them. You just have to define the task enough so ...
It is also hard to get fired from a State Government job.
Tell him flat out you cannot get the work done in that amount of time. If he tries to fire you or put you on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) he will (well should) have to prove you are under performing and compared to your peers you are not under performing.
Just because they've piled up stuff doesn't require that you suddenly become Superman in an effort to fix it all. Glide through your last two weeks. Take your lunch and breaks as before, and leave and go home on time.
When pressed, just smile and say you're doing your best. DON'T make any promises you can't keep because your employer may try to justify ...
Ok, the first thing: Is it a Abmahnung or simply a complaint?
An Abmahnung is serious because it is one necessary step for the employer to fire someone. Trying to terminate a working relationship without serious offenses (theft, assault) and without Abmahnung is legally void. It is a Abmahnung if
The complained behavior is described in detail with date and ...
There has to be a reason for the project being slow, and I would be incredibly surprised if a manager got mad at an employee for requesting additional work since their current project is going too slow and they never have enough to do. An employee being honest isn't something that is frowned upon. My manager would have been happy to give me some extra small ...
You need to ask your boss what you need to do to get the promotion you want. Be direct about it. Do not do it as part of your review, and do not make a case about why you deserve the promotion (your boss obviously disagrees). Find out what has to change, and then do those things.
Incorporating all the caveats above - have you considered requesting working from home for say, a day a week?
It may be a way to get at least some of what you want. Most employers expect you to put in a solid amount of hours, but to a degree implicit in having a salary is 'getting the job done'.
You working from home for a day a week would grant you some ...
Look up, not down
So Mister Positive has a very good answer of "go get a new job." Its positivity may be dubious, but never forget that that is the one power an employee always has over their employer.
Now if that isn't the answer you are looking for, look up. Look at what other people are trying to do, and how you might be able to help them do it.
Does anyone also feel like they should stay extra hours at work or
feel bad if leave on the time and others are still there?
When I first started my professional career, I used to feel that way.
I was in a carpool, and had to leave in order to get a ride home. Most of my co-workers were still working.
Eventually, I learned not to measure myself based on ...