Long time readers of my blog know how much I love to complain about my jobs. Some have been worse than others, but none of them have been the type of thing I really want to be doing with my life. Lately it's taken a toll on my health - I had my first cold in a long time this week, and have had to take four days off work. Sad thing is, I was kind of hoping something like that might happen to me. When you're wishing for ill-health to get you a couple of days off, it's time to leave.
Luckily, my contract expires at the end of this month. My plan is to take December off to research the kind of things I like doing, what I'm good at, and what's out there, so that when I job-search again I can look for the right job for me instead of just whatever office job happens to be available.
Is my current job That Bad? Yes and no. My co-workers are very friendly and nice when they're not feeling swamped with work, and my boss has been pretty reasonable. I haven't had to write a report justifying my worth to the company, I haven't been taken to task for not 'hitting the targets', I haven't been told that I was a few minutes late getting back from lunch and am I planning to make up the time? I don't feel like I'm being watched, and I can take breaks when I need to take them. As workplaces go, I could do a lot worse. But...
The workload has tripled since I started, and all of it is boring as hell. When there were three of us doing it, we were just barely scraping by. Now there's only two of us, and the work just keeps on coming. When I leave, there will be only one person doing that job. Several projects (like rearranging the filing room) have been put on hold because we simply don't have the time to get to them. And it's not just us - everyone there is overworked and stressed out. Some of them thrive on it, but not me. I have no desire to burn out in a corporate environment like that.
I'll be back at work tomorrow, and then I'll have three more weeks. I think I'll make it, but only just. I need a job that I actually look forward to. December is when I start to look.