Posts tagged with: extra work

Losing your motivation at work? You’re not alone

We had a meeting at work today. At least the three of us writers left at the publishing company where I work. Earlier in the week, our boss — who’s a salesman — wrote a stringent e-mail message asking us to do more online work.

See, our Web site is a bit crappy. A lot crappy, actually. A paid consultant came in and told us so. The consultant ran down a long, long list of things that needed to be done with the site: redesign it, connect a blog to it, add video, add more content.

As I listened to that list, I knew that my bosses would focus on just one of those things: add content. You see, that’s the only improvement they can get for free, by throwing more work on us writers.

I agree that we need more content on the site. I understand it. But everyone seems to have forgotten that half of our writers were fired. There isn’t a lot of free time left in the day.

I’ll do what my bosses ask of me. But honestly, it probably won’t be my best work. In fact, I know it won’t be my best work.

Like a lot of folks out there, I’ve lost a large chunk of my motivation at work. I’m tired because of the extra duties being placed on me. I’m resentful because I’m not even getting a token raise. And I’m ticked that our sales staff, which has seemingly forgotten how to make cold calls, blames the editorial content of the magazine for their inability to sell any ads.

I’m sure I’m not alone. How many of you are dragging yourself to work every day wishing that it was already 5 p.m.?

Letting work slip through the cracks

I’m sure there are no official statistics on this, but I wonder how many of us are getting a bit sloppy at work these days?

It’s not intentional. And it’s not laziness. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Employees are taking on more work at their jobs. They have to: A growing number of companies are operating with skeleton staffs thanks to all the layoffs and firings caused by the recession.

At my job, where I’m the editor of a trade magazine, I’ve lost my one staff writer. I now put the magazine together on my own. Earlier this month, my bosses gave me one more magazine to help edit, increasing my workload again.

I’m happy to have my job. I just wish there wasn’t so much of it to deal with.

Because I am taking on this extra work, I’ve noticed I’ve gotten a bit sloppy. I missed a freelance deadline today. I forgot to send back some interview questions for another Web site earlier this week. And this morning, I begged off a writing assignment I had taken on. I just didn’t have time to do a good job on it.

That’s terribly unprofessional, of course. But for my addled brain, there was no other solution.

What about you? Are you overworked these days? Are you letting the little things — or maybe some big things — slip through the cracks?