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How do I tell my boss the reason why I am burnt out?

Asked by mrlaconic (3980points) May 8th, 2012

Background: The other day my boss pulled me into a 1:1 and he told me he thought I was getting burnt out and that he feared I was going quit. Since that conversation he has been reducing my work load.

The work load isn’t the problem. The problem is that my coworker and I used used to run a tight ship. We didn’t miss a beat. Recently my boss hired on two complete morons and for the past several weeks I have spent most of my time fixing simply mistakes that they shouldn’t be making. I have spoken to my boss about this but nothing happens.

I really like the company that I work for and I don’t want to leave. But I don’t know how much longer I can hang in this situation.

So my question is: How do I tell my boss the reason I am getting burnt out and that he needs to do something about these guys he hired or he will lose me?

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

You said you already spoke to your boss about the two people he hired so there’s not a lot more you go with there. He must have reasons to have hired them, maybe future projected growth or counting on them to generate that anticipated growth? How is your coworker you worked well with handling the changes? Does that person feel the way you do about the new hires? Is that person getting burnt out like you are?

lillycoyote's avatar

I would explain to your boss that you aren’t necessarily burnt out and you don’t want to quit but you have tried on several (?) occasions to bring the issue to his attention and the problems have not been resolved. It seems like you are in a pretty good position since in your 1 on 1 his concern was that you were going to quit, not that he might have to let you go because of your work issues.

But there are probably more rather than less diplomatic ways to go about it. Obviously, try not to be accusatory or whiny or complaining in the discussion about your co-workers. Try to explain why the tight ship is no longer so tight, try to come in with specific examples of the problems and try to maybe suggest ways that the problems might be resolved without treading on your boss’ territory or telling your boss what to do. Not knowing more about your workplace, or the vibe, or your boss, or your relationship with him it’s hard to say what to do. These things can be delicate.

Also, as @Neizvestnaya asks: how does your other coworker, the other half of the tight ship feel about this? Maybe you could both ask for a meeting with your boss and all three of you talk about it.

mrlaconic's avatar

I know that my co-worker is stressed about it as well. I said something to my boss about 1 mistake a guy made today and she said something that the other guy made.

So My dept let one guy go that was really slacking off and not doing any work. So we hired these two guys because we needed the help. But they just hired the first two guys that interviewed and I think they are worse because while the one guy wasn’t doing any work at all… at least there were no mistakes being made.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Are the new hires making new mistakes or the same mistakes over and over? Maybe there is a flaw in your company’s on the job training program, meet with your coworker and boss and come up with a new training program for the new hires.

mrlaconic's avatar

They are the same mistakes over and over and I know there is no flaw in training because we trained them ourselves.

There is plenty of documentation and we have sent out several emails.

At the end of the day if that still is not enough I guess I don’t understand why it’s so hard to say “I don’t know what to do here can you help me” instead of just doing things that are wrong, create a bad experience for the customer and make my co-worker and I go back and fix it.

marinelife's avatar

I would be frank with your boss. I would show him documentation of the errors.

blueiiznh's avatar

First, don’t tell him you are going to leave unless it gets fixed. That would start things off on the wrong foot. If he hired them, then in a way would be telling him he made a horrible mistake.

Second, it takes quite some time to get new employees (morons in your example) to get into the flow and self sufficient, and show and realize their value. There is a reason they were hired and I for one would be glad to have extra resources in a group I worked in.

It is natural to have new employees create a bit of a slowdown from the norm. Document what you can if they are not doing what they were hired for or if it seems like you were sold a bill of goods on a resume that they can’t deliver.

Try your best to be a mentor if possible as this is a marketable trait to have and also creates good teamwork.

Lastly, Certainly let your Manager know what s going on, but be very tactful because you do not want to present yourself as what might appear to be part of the problem. Bring a solution to the situation to your Manager as opposed to a rant.

righty's avatar

He’s not likely to fire the new employees. Look for something else and if a good opportunity comes along….Take it.

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