Hopefully I can get some good advice here before I either lose it and blow up at my boss or go crazy trying to do everything.

I was recently promoted, to a paygrade where my pay finally matched my responsibilities. However, I've also inherited a bunch of new taskings. The biggest problem I'm having is that these new responsibilities are taking time away from a huge, long-term project where I've been the only one working on it for the past 6 months.

The deadline for this big project has come and gone, and gone again, and I'm coming up on the 'really, no shit, it has to be done by this date' day a lot faster than I like. I've asked for at least one other person, to help, but my shop is so small that every time they give me someone they take them away a day or two later.

I've resorted to taking my work home with me, because even if I stay late I'm still plagued by constant questions, taskings, and things only I can possibly fix. Today, I almost lost it on my boss as I was trying to leave and he came to me and said, 'Hey, I told you in an email this morning that I needed you to do X's job too now, why wasn't that done?" 

How can I tell my boss, and his boss, that I need them to back off on me long enough that I can finish the project they assigned me to (full time) 6 months ago without looking like I'm shirking responsibility or can't handle it?

V/r;

MC2 Allison

Views: 660

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Exactly. Priorities is the key word here. Saying you have too much work will screw you over, royally. What is also important is to talk to your boss about it. Don't let things boil over and hope they will get better. The snow ball may be too big to stop by that point.

Only go to your boss with solutions. Look at the other tasks, figure out what you can delegate. Don't go into his office saying you're overwhelmed, go in with 1-3 solutions and alternatives to show you're taking this seriously and stepping up as a result of the promotion. Validate that he was right to promote you while also seeking ways to remove some of the clutter so you can focus on the big project.

Actually, my MC1 is sort of the problem -- he's getting out soonish (next 6 months), and has short timer syndrome, which means he's passing a lot of his duties to me when I'm not capable or qualified to do them!

"if everything is a priority, nothing is a priority"

I like that one.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'm going to havea sit-down with my boss and talk it over.

Those inherited new tasks?  Why are they yours?  Can you train a insubordinate to do them and report on it?  Are they something someone else can do and give you to review and sign?  If you don't have anyone reporting to you, you will need to sit down with the boss and explain you need someone to have first and major work on the extra tasks.  That is not abdicating your responsibly for the tasks it is shifting the work to someone else.

I cover for my boss on a couple of things so he is flexible for clients, but at the end of the day it is still his call on the final decisions.  I present the problem, and the proposed solutions  it his his call on how we deal with things. If you have a team, make them a team so you can focus.

RSS

Latest Activity

Carl Byrd replied to Michael D. Denny's discussion Urinating Outdoors
"I grew up in the country like many of you and peeing outside wasn't a big deal. I live in an apartment now. We are looking for a house in town. I can't believe the city and neighborhood rules in some of these places. Neighbors will call…"
1 hour ago
Nick DeChane replied to Michael D. Denny's discussion Urinating Outdoors
"I grew up in the country, so to me it was always a normal thing. When my brothers, cousins and I were younger we would have contests to see who could pee the farthest. Just beware when it's windy out!"
2 hours ago
Nick DeChane replied to Specs's discussion Real Men.
"I disagree with number seven. Men are aggressive by nature and while it isn't always needed, it's a valid way for men to settle problems. To quote Navy SEAL Ryan Job, "Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve…"
2 hours ago
Cletus Rothschild replied to Specs's discussion Real Men.
""And at the same time be prepared to maturely voice your opinions and have logical discussions.""
4 hours ago
blackjack replied to Brett McKay's discussion New Moderators
"it's so cool"
7 hours ago
Liam Strain replied to blackjack's discussion Development of the Automobile
"Dude. These are not discussions. You are copying and pasting entirely from other websites. Use the blog space if you just want to regurgitate wikipedia entries.  Or in this case "the Victorian…"
8 hours ago
blackjack posted discussions
8 hours ago
Michael K. Gillespie replied to Beowulf87's discussion Beard vitamins? Or other ways to thicken the beard?
"Hey there! Beards are like a source of pride for men. But it can be tough if it is not in genes, right? See the point is to make your beard grow thicker the first thing to do is start exercising regularly. This will help blood circulation which…"
8 hours ago

© 2017   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service