to stick it out?(9 Posts)
Opinions please... I recently got an office job in a childcare company. It's vastly more complex than I thought with interruptions ALL day long. The processes are vastly more complex than I imagined, the supervisor much worse than I imagined, the workload almost impossible, and the support/mentoring non existent. If I could have a hour a day to get on with the work, I'd have some hope of getting it done, but that's impossible. Because I'm nearing retirement age, there is no hope of another job. They really aren't happy with me, and the support on offer is very limited. Would you feel morally obliged to quit? (They were informed of my learning disability but the information wasn't acted on, and I can't see how the role can be adapted to accommodate my learning difficulty)
(Talking to supervisor, talking to HR, requesting support - have all failed to bring about the desired improvement in my work).
Disclaimer, I am not a legal person. However, my understanding is that if you would need to claim benefits if you were not working then you should suffer the indignity of being fired. There must be more they could do to support you? Do get some proper advice on this and ensure they follow the correct procedures otherwise you may be able to claim unfair dismissal.
If you quite you would be voluntarily unemployed so couldn't claim benefits for some time. However, if you think you could get a different job and want a 'clean' cv then resigning might be a better option.
This is why you need proper advice from someone with all the facts, especially if there is a disability to factor in.
Sorry,not sounds awful.
Are you worried about your work or have they highlighted issues? If they aren't happy ask for a further meeting to put a plan in place to help you be successful. Can you ask for further mentoring to get you on track or regular 1:2:1's. Can you plan your days and get into a routine to tackle some of the work? What things can you put in place to get on top of the issues? Have you asked if they can say that between 10 and 12 you can not take calls/interruptions? Are you part of a team where you can ask for some support from colleagues? What adjustments can they make to help with your difficulties?
How long have you been there? what is their probationary period? Don't quit as others have said. If you are dismissed and they haven't made reasonable adjustments then that is a serious issue.
What sort of adjustments do you need? Is it something you know they could provide?
What sort of interruptions do you get? Is it questions about your work or is it social stuff? If the latter can you perhaps wear headphones to block it out?
Moukie - they have highlighted the issues. I have said it's challenging to get everything done, especially as I work part time, and nearly always have to spend at least half of my day in the pre-school room, ie not doing any of the office work I'm supposed to.
Manager put a plan in place, but there is no chance of carrying it out. What little time I do have gets used on 'immediate' items. I'm fine on most things, but there is one area I keep getting wrong. They have given me training, which amounts to an hour of Manager rushing through what has to be done! It's so complicated, I need to take ages to do it.
Supervisor really harasses me, I get most done when she isn't in!
I asked for un-interupted time, but this was not agreed (usually they are short staffed). I sometimes stay late, unpaid, to clear the work, but the interruptions are still constant.
Do you have an office? Can you shut the door for an hour every morning? And not answer the phone?
I've asked to have an hour without interruptions, but have been told it's not possible. I counted 63 interruptions whilst I was trying to do the wages! I expected interruptions, that goes with any job, but this is ridiculous.
All the things that would help me (like quiet time, or cover, working an hour a week from home)I've been told are not possible. I could do the job perfectly and do when allowed to get on with it, but those occasions are so rare. Supervisor says do one job at a time and finish it, then says do this, get that, find this, write this, etc etc etc.
I really can't do it properly, but they tell me I should, and that i'm not doing it. On tasks where I need to concentrate or follow instructions, it's just hopeless. It doesn't get done for days, then supervisor complains. They really want me to leave (I'll be the 3rd person in just over a year!) but I can't afford to.
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