I have a dilemma. I am 25 working on an oil and gas project in the office. This is my first major job after University.
I am working 11 hour days yet am only paid for 10. I have been working 15 hour days regularly. There is so much work. I have taken over someone elses responsibility. *They left. It is a major mess. I really want to refine the systems and processes but do not have time. I am constantly hassled for things overdue.
They take so long because the systems and processes are inefficient and the records sloppy and messy.
Yet, I cannot spare tiem to improve the processes as my boss will not allocate time to that as we are behind on the tasks.
Thus I continue being late on tasks because each takes so long and the work continues to pile up!
I am blamed for the lack of productivity and my ability is being questioned. My boss called a meeting with a company director saying I was unproductive and that this industry is not for me. I wrote a letter to the Company Director thanking him for the meeting and outlining my accomplishments since arriving and allowing him to understand that this is where I want to be, yet the current lack of productivity is frustrating for us all and that I am happy to hear any suggestions to improve. I also outlined some ideas of my own.
Do I work longer hours to get the system to scratch? I am not paid.
I see this twofold. One, I am not getting any respect or appreciation at present which does not inspire me to give my own free time and then get slapped in the face by being fired or relocated when the system is finally improved. Plus being taken advantage of.
If I do not put the extra time in, then my work is hell. Very stressful and I give the bad impression of inefficiency and low productivity.
Ideally I would be paid for the overtime but they do not do that around here as i have asked several times. I feel that they think I would not be productive as no one else is around despite me hardly working with anyone else especially for these matters.
Please share your ideas/thoughts/advice and similar stories. Any empathy or suggestions for improvement are also appreciated
Perhaps a letter to my Manager requesting paid overtime and outlining what I shall produce.
* To give you and idea of my environment, the manager gave me a task that he said should take 15 minutes. It took me 90 minutes to try and understand it. I could not and then asked my Manager. My Manager then took a further 2 hours in addition to my 90 minutes work which he used. Yet, he did not give me any gratitude or thanks or apologies for yelling at me for not doing it in 15 minutes.
He also expects me to do the rest in 15 minutes. It is possible if a good system was in place but there is no system a very messy place to start from. *The reason is that this work has been done by 4 different persons in 12 months and continues to be shifted from one to another. The second I received it, I was expected to have fixed everything and know everything about it. Very unreasonable and stressful. Especially because I do not know if it is 'me' who is not meant for the job/industry or just the situation.