I got diagnosed with DCIS in March, got a lumpectomy, and next week get a bilateral mastectomy since they found more DCIS than originally thought. I also have PTSD as a combat vet.
Everyone is teleworking at my new job due to the pandemic (which I mainly took to have health insurance since I had been in a temporary but higher paying job without insurance), and I am not fully trained yet.
A relatively newer coworker is trying to train me remotely at this new job, and I am not able to understand what she wants done.
My supervisor and another senior employee told me that the person training me does not fully understand the slides that we are supposed to do twice a week, since she is relatively new as well.
I have got two graduate degrees and I have been unable to understand how they compile these slides.
I am used to a relatively simple process and this is anything but that.
I don't know if cancer / DCIS has spread to my brain, or I am just having trouble understanding what they want, or what, or if it is stress.
I do great at grad school, which I also attend full time, along with working full time.
Am I crazy not to understand this: they want some slides pulled from one briefing, some from another briefing, some turned blue, some turned white, and all of them are saved to an employee's shared drive who no longer works in the office.
The slide titles and file names don't match up, and the slide titles on the "new" slides that get pasted in, don't match the slide titles on the original slides, that remain in the briefing, but remain white in color, with the new ones being turned blue.
This process happens, with differing instructions, on up to 96 slides per briefing, twice a week.
Now, she and another lady, neither one are my supervisor, but they are senior employees, are calling me after hours (public sector job).
My supervisor did not formally task me to do the slides yet, (said "work with" the other lady to learn it) but these ladies are acting like I am the one responsible.
I sent my questions on how it works to the supevisor and to them, along with these slides, as I understand they should be done (but with a lot of questions) and that's when they have now started calling me after work at home to get me to work more on the slides.
The coworker also has been calling me during the last two week after hours.
I ignore the calls because I don't have the energy or concentration to deal with it.
Then, she is angry I don't call her back and talk with her until the next morning.
The more senior employee called me today and said to call her back.
I sent an email to the supervisor asking if she would like me to start working later in the day, to work on the slides, but she ignored my question.
I think the "culture" is that they all work until 10 p.m. but they put on their time cards that they worked 8 hours.
They told me my work day is 8 hours (standard schedule) and I record this on my time card.
Some places in the public sector actually count the overtime and pay it, but not this place, and I got told at the start, you are new, so you work an 8 hour day.
That is NOT what they actually want done.
Not only do I have grad school (final weeks of term) but also am trying to get everything straight for surgery next week.
I get the post-9/11 GI bill for grad school tuition, so if I don't do my work, I end up owing the VA $6500.
I literally do not have the mental or physical strength at the moment, losing sleep, stressed out, to take calls from 7 pm to 11 pm.
HR also made me probationary, (it is erroneous, and can be proven to be), even though I have 10 years in, and I could be let go and fired.
I decided not to answer the phone after work hours, as a personal boundary, but I know the consequences could mean I get fired.
I just don't have the energy to do it.
I'm already applying for new jobs, even to ones that would mean taking a pay cut, so I can NOT have a job in a culture like this.
I've worked overtime in many jobs before but I do think it may have harmed my health.
I will basically be pretty "happy" if I get an insurance-covered bilateral mastectomy out of this, but does anyone have any tips for hanging on until I can get another job in a culture that is not calling me later at night??
Between the PTSD, DCIS, and surgery, there is no way I am able to work all night, and get no sleep due to also doing school work.
I told the supervisor about my cancer surgery, (and two pre-op appointments) and am just taking off 4 "sick" days (all that I have), which ends up being more like a week due to purposefully scheduling it for overlap with the 4th of July holiday).
After that, I must telework. Thank you for any insights. I don't know what else to do, other than try to find a job as fast as I can that does not have people calling me into the night.
Does one ask about this type of thing with late night phone calls in a job interview? Because they definitely did not tell me this in the interview for this job. Thank you.
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