I was hired as a technical writer back in February on a contract basis for a natural gas project. I loved my job, my office, life was good. Then the division for whom I worked went through a “reorganization” which resulted in a Reduction in Force (RIF). Many people were riffed leaving much work with no one to do it. People were reassigned to incorporate this excess work into their schedules. This resulted in even more people leaving because of the stress of added work (many were already overloaded before the additional work). So the remaining few got even more work.
Here’s where I fit in: I get to keep my fulltime (plus) job as a technical writer AND I get to be office manager/accountant/secretary/etc. for this non-profit organization - also a fulltime job. I am totally not qualified to do this office management stuff. I’ve worked in an office doing secretarial duties, but never dealt with the IRS or juggling all the million things that have to be done to keep this place running. The financial system in place baffles me. I’m lost in this office manager world. I hate it. I’m trying my best to keep up with both jobs, and I think I could if I worked 12 hour days and all weekend - every weekend. As a single parent, working 12 hour days is not a possibility.
I can’t complain, because most other people in this division have the same amount of impossible workload. All of my co-workers are looking for other jobs. I’ve only been here 5 1/2 months, so I can’t transfer to another division. The natural gas project is a great resume builder if I see it through to the end.
Anyone been in a situation like this before? How did you survive?