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Old 11-17-2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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A different kind of job stress?

I think i might be stressed from my job, but not because it is overwhelming - because it is underwhelming.

I am incredibly bored. Most of the time I have things to do but my tasks are unchallenging and quite frankly, a waste of my time. I am a marketing director and I spend a good part of my time making lables for the coffeemakers or some other such nonsense. Needless to say I have zero motivation.

I don't like my work environment, my pay or the people I work with. There is basically nothing about my job I really like, but I haven't even been here a year and I am the main breadwinner in my family. My hubby only makes about half of what I make. I dread going to work like nothing else. I do not want to look for another job, because frankly I don't think there is an office job out there working for someone else where I am going to feel differently. i need to be independent but I have no idea what I want to do.

On top of that I do have anxiety and panic that I am on meds for. I think work is a big contributor to my anxiety. Its that feeling of being "stuck" like I have no other choice but to come here every day that makes me feel anxious.

So, even though I am not "stressed" in the typical sense of the word, do you think boredom and dread can cause stress too? Can anyone else relate?

 
Old 11-17-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

Yes, I can. I work on the assembly line doing the same thing every minute. This is as boring as it gets. To make matters worse I have to work at the lines pace. I can't even go to the restroom without asking because I can't leave my job station. Boredom causes much stress. I know where you are coming from.

 
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

I am also OVERQUALIFIED for my position. I was interviewed and offered positions at several great and prosperous companies, and took I the best offer, naturally. After quitting previous job (which I regret everyday),taking out loans for new cars and paying student loans, my training for the new job was put on hold due to financial troubles with affiliated companies! I am now working in a cubie doing tasks just as thrilling as coffeemaker label-making. Often, my boss leaves the office, and I have NOTHING to do. I walk around aimlessly asking others if I can help them. I cannot just leave because I am paid hourly, you see. I am gracious for the "temporary job" giveaway to me, but I keep receiving the jobs no one else wants to do.

This is extremely frustrating. I moved over across the country, I have no friends, family, etc. here. I am so unhappy. Supposedly, my "real" job will begin in 2006. I had to move in with college underclassmen in a dorm to pay expenses!!! They keep me up all night and I am fatigued all day in the office. And around and around we go. I haven't slept more than 4 hours in the last 2 months!

I've joined a gym, work out 6-7 days/week even and try to discharge my stress by cooking and window-shopping (can't afford to buy much), but it's adding up uncontrollably. I am so unhappy. On top of all of this, I have been sick for over a month and have thyroid problems with no insurance until spring!

 
Old 11-21-2005, 01:54 PM   #4
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

Ugh, sounds like you guys definitely relate. This is definitely bad stress. I actually don't mind being stressed with a lot to do, it keeps me going, but this is awful. Have you found that as a result of your lame job your self-esteem has gone down the tubes?

 
Old 11-21-2005, 03:10 PM   #5
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

Yeah, I'm afraid it has. The mind needs to be active. Working a boring job just doesn't do that. I have tried memorizing things just to do something but that only goes so far. This is bad stress. I work for my breaks and then I work for the end of the day, only to go back tomorrow and do it again. I am in a position where I just can't go somewhere else and make the money I am making. I envy people who actually enjoy there jobs.

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Old 11-22-2005, 04:42 PM   #6
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

Oh yeah, I can relate big time. I am under tons of stress at my job right now. I think watching paint dry would be more exciting, lol. But, I keep on keeping on to avoid the unemployment lines. Also, my twins need clothes, toys, and all kinds of things. So I am hit with a double wammy catch 22 as a single parent. On the other hand, of course, I could sit on my butt all day cleaning, playing or yelling with the kids, the park, etc. but besides the money, I need to be out there in life doing something, anything productive.

 
Old 11-23-2005, 02:12 PM   #7
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Re: A different kind of job stress?

Rick - I feel stuck too, that is my biggest problem. I don't make great money but I don't have the luxury of job searching. i am so tired from being anxiety ridden all day that the last thing I want to do is think about looking for other jobs on the weekends. Plus, like I mentioned before, I honestly don't think I will be hapy anywhere else unless I am independent of offices, bosses, rigid schedules, etc. Unfortunately that is tough to find.

Kentucky miss - I do envy you for doing the single parent thing. My husband wants kids but I keep telling him I just could not handle it right now while working full time at a job i hate. Until I can stay home or figure something else out i just think it would put me over the top.

 
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