Another work post? Where are all the ADVENTURES???
Sorry oppo, this is my life right now.
Work has been... Mentally, physically and emotionally draining. I've been waking up at 5:30am feeling nothing but dread at the thought of coming in. Drinking extra coffee not for the energy boost, but for the mood altering benefits that caffeine provides. Anything to help get through the day.
In the office by 6:30am, home by 7:00pm. Work from home until 10:00pm, making plans for the next day based off of constantly changing info that is never accurate in an industry where accurate volume forecasts are basically a necessity for success. Sometimes I'll even head to the warehouse after hours to tackle projects with our maintenance team, coming back home around 1:00am.
Day after day. Calls coming at me from 5:00am to midnight.
And then I get messages like these. You know that feeling where you just die a little inside? Yeah...
The saving grace throughout all of this is that I can honestly say I feel fairly compensated, and appreciated. That and the other senior ops manager also busts his ass keeping the lights on. We're in this together, and that saying about misery and company rings true.
It's gotten a bit better lately. We hired an older guy about five months ago to drive. He was semi-retired, vastly over qualified and quite simply, I think he was just bored staying home. He was bumped up into junior management recently, and it's hard to put into writing just how much I value his decades of leadership experience. Software guy turned Microsoft exec turned fortune 500 consultant turned high-level career coach, he's been methodically fixing issues one-by-one, while offering up advice on how to succeed. He's a great guy too, constantly advocating for not just his fellow managers, but every employee on the food chain. I'm a little bit in awe of how competent he is, and I'm trying to follow his example, learning everything I can.
My boss has been nothing but fair as well. With the holiday season in full swing, and another round of lockdowns, our companies workload is skyrocketing. It's all hands on deck, no days off until mid January.
So what does the company owner do? Offers the best bonus potential to my drivers in the industry. By a wide margin. Tells management that he's covering 100% of the Healthcare premiums from this point forward, up from 75%. In addition he offers us raises in January, after we get through peak, along with a 401k plan that he'll pick based off of my own research.
And that is why I'm sitting at home on my day off, answering calls and sending info over to my counterpart while he acts as a linchpin, taking in all the chaos and making something resembling order. I want this company to succeed.
flatisflat last edited by
I could only manage to survive a high-stress, long hours job (schedule started as 6 10-hour days per week as a baseline and everyone worked OT; I once worked 23 days straight) for right around two years before the burnout and resentment took over. For me, the fallout from that has made me more tentative about getting into anything remotely similar to that work, so the long-term effects are real (and real inhibiting).
More power to you for sticking in there and seeing the bright sides!
Shop-Teacher last edited by
That is a tough situation. It is nice to hear that your bosses and company clearly value all of your hard work though. Hang in there man!
CarsOfFortLangley last edited by
0mpg: OMG THE ODOMETER RESET
EngineerWithTools last edited by
How much does knowing there are easier times coming - whether after the holidays or after the pandemic - help with your daily motivation? Does it help keep you from saying "enough!"?
I ask because I recently took a pay cut and less long term security because I said "enough" when it became clear that there was no end to the lost weekends and not-actual-emergency overnights. (Contrasting with your situation, I did not feel like others were experiencing the same.) I'll work my a$$ off for long periods of time, but won't do it forever.
Chariotoflove last edited by
Honestly, this is a happy and inspiring post masquerading as a work rant. It's so great that you have a good crew around you and good leadership. That's more rare than it should be.
@engineerwithtools the hope of there being better time ahead is a very big motivator. If I expected 16 hour days to be the norm indefinitely.... I'd ask for a massive raise and walk away when I didn't get it. (or stay on for another six months if I did get it, and repeat the process when the bump in pay no longer mitigated the burnout)
@chariotoflove I've been very lucky to have worked with good people throughout the majority of my adult life.
@carsoffortlangley Immediately after reading that text I sat down, sighed, and looked up flights to Thailand.
@flatisflat yeah, I think I'll be in the same boat whenever I'm done here. Unfortunately my cruise ship bartender credentials aren't doing me much good right now!
farscythe last edited by
welp..at my work things should be quiet at the moment..i mean..i think we are selling juuuust enough to stay afloat...but thats about it
thankfully we have management to complicate things
as of today they improved packaging...no really..thems some good looking box constructions..sturdy too...and a lot quicker to put together than ye olde stapled boxes to pallets jobbies were
only thing is... no way in hell can you put them together if you arent at least 6ft tall and able to lift about 50kg
welp...its a good thing they didnt throw out all the old packaging materials in favour of the new better ones.......oh wait
lol...i love this company
davesaddiction last edited by
@aestheticsinmotion Sound like you need to become a true friend with "semi-retired" guy. Invite him out for a drink/meal after work sometime or something.
Hate to hear about the stress, but very glad you're being treated well with pay and benefits.