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Fuck's sake. That's JOLLY. It's JELLY. Get it right. You don't say 'Mr Jelly lives next door'. Fucking hell. Everyone's always doing this.

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I didn't get the maternity cover job in the end, which is a shame but I'm proud of how far I got and how close it was. They've also announced that they are creating supervisory type roles underneath management that my boss has told me I'm basically a shoe in for, so that's a silver lining. 

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Got called into the boss' office last Friday and was told there was no job for me anymore unless I go part time. Redundancy for me it is then. 

Been expecting it the last few weeks so was somewhat prepared, but was still kick in the bollocks being told.

What a load of absolute shite. I'm having a bad couple of fucking years.

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So after applying for a few part time jobs and getting as far as interviews with not much luck, my mental health in my current job has just wiped me out. I’m in a position now where I’m just zoning out at work, having IBS every morning, restless sleeps, and just a constant sense of feeling utterly helpess and overwhelmed.

My partner has said she wants me to just hand my notice in and she’ll support us for a while while I try and get my head in the right place but I’d feel just utterly irresponsible as I felt bad enough even looking to go part time, never mind unemployed again.

I don’t know what to do. I know that being away from this job is the answer but I’m miserable if I stay and wrought with guilt and shame if I quit.

Any advice? Anyone else ever just fucked the job off to look after themselves?

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Your health isn't a luxury. Without it, you can't do anything. You've got a great partner who recognises this. Taking some time out for self-care isn't mooching or letting her down, it's getting yourself well again so that you can get back to where you want to be, which is right alongside her, contributing to your partnership. 

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2 hours ago, FelatioLips said:

Any advice? Anyone else ever just fucked the job off to look after themselves?

Yes. Twice.

One was a temp job at Amazon, which I bitched about in this very thread years ago. Another was a Chef job at a local hotel.

Both times I left with no plans that went beyond "I don't want to work here anymore". I got sanctioned for quitting Amazon (but won the appeal). The Chef job really fucked me up because, at the time, I didn't really understand exactly what was wrong. I wasn't sleeping, I wasn't eating and every minute I spent at work felt like some kind of hell. Everybody there was nice, and I hated leaving them in the shit but I just physically couldn't do it anymore. It took me a while to realise that I was suffering from pretty severe depression, and that I take cooking a lot more seriously than I realised. It was the feeling that I was compromising my standards (and I was) that was making me ill.

I'm working at a far higher level now, with longer hours and much more travel, and I'm fucking loving it.

So, aye, I'd say listen to your Mrs, and to your body as well. If you're feeling like this, then it's telling you *something* is wrong. If you had a physical illness, you wouldn't hesitate to take time off to recover would you? There's nothing wrong with doing the same thing with your mental health.

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12 hours ago, FelatioLips said:

Any advice? Anyone else ever just fucked the job off to look after themselves?

I've not been in quite the same position, i was lucky to find an opportunity within the company I work for to 'escape' from a job I hated so didn't have to quit although I considered it. I would say this - it's difficult to take the step to 'rely on someone else' but you're in a partnership and from this and previous posts she sounds like someone who cares about you and is invested in your happiness. She is offering to take the reigns and allow you time to get your head straight, she is investing in you because she wants you to be happy and clearly realises this is the best thing for the both of you long term. So long as you make the most of this investment then you aren't letting her down.

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Completely burned out on the current job. I don't hate it, but just struggle to get remotely motivated any more, and small problems that never used to bother me now grind me down all day. I have a new colleague who, in theory, should be lightening my workload, but I spend so much of my time answering the same stupid questions over and over again that it feels like I get less done than before.

To make matters worse, I just saw an advert for as close as I could get to a dream job in Jersey - Animal Records Administrator at Jersey Zoo - which just plays to most of my strengths professionally, is in my favourite place, and exactly the sort of thing I want to be doing. But it's only 20 hours a week, which I can't afford to do, and a six month contract, so can't really take the risk - particularly as I have a three month notice period.

So that's left me miserable, as it feels like dangling a carrot of a job I'd be happier in.

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3 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

I have a new colleague who, in theory, should be lightening my workload, but I spend so much of my time answering the same stupid questions over and over again that it feels like I get less done than before.

 

I'm going through this at the moment too. August/September are by far the busiest months in my profession, to the point where we pretty much sacrifice dinner breaks and put in a shitload of overtime. And I've got a new colleague who constantly needs babysitting to the point it's driving me insane.

We had to book in a huge delivery yesterday and I decided to do it on my own which took around 3 hours. I could've had the new guy help me but he still doesn't grasp the booking-in process which meant it would've easily taken longer with two of us on the job.

Obviously management don't see that we're much too fucking busy to be babysitting new staff as they're on the golf course all day with their head in the sand not realising we're massively behind timetable.

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As irritating as it is, I don't necessarily mind walking someone through how to do things - you have to learn somewhere. But she's useless.

Nothing will get me annoyed quicker than having to repeat myself. She was trying to find a students' information on our records, and asked me to show her how to do it for the umpteenth time (there's a step-by-step guide on the exact same page she's using, but no, I have to explain it). I tell her how it works, she's nodding and saying "yes" to all of it. Two minutes later, she says it's not working - I look, and she's entering the student surname in the student number field. Both are very clearly labelled, and if she'd taken two seconds to actually stop and think, she'd recognise what she's doing wrong.

But it's little mistakes like that every five minutes, usually accompanied by her saying, "I don't think the system is working properly". Yeah, it can't be that you're getting it wrong, or not paying attention, it has to be that "The System" isn't working. Obviously.

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This is my last week in my current job after 3 and a half years. Been a strange few months as the company I work for decided stop lending, sell the books to another company but continue to service the existing accounts during the transition.

Strange times as its basically a slow march towards redundancy for everyone here. The morale has obviously been horrendous so coming to work has not been pleasant. I work in a regulatory compliance function (financial services) so you can probably imagine that there has been very little for me to do.

Luckily have secured a similar role elsewhere for better money, better benefits, flexi time etc. which I start on Monday.

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So I had a word with my manager, explained exactly how I was feeling and how I had come to the decision. They were incredibly amicable with it, listened to every word I said, worked out with me how much time I was owed and then thanked me for doing it in person and escorted me out.

I’m home now and feel like a weight has been lifted. Very happy with how it went considering the position I put them in. Thanks again everyone.

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First day at uni today. Somewhat settled even though I have to move student flats after a week sometime next week. But overall feeling positive. 

If it goes badly I have Taskmaster and 205 Live to watch tonight. 

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It went okay so I'm celebrating with Irn Bru, beer and Taskmaster. 205 looked shit. 

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