Stressful Work Environment... Anyone Else Experience This?
I currently work at an office/mailroom that processes thousands of files per week. We update, receive, send, store files and the paperwork to go along with it. The work is easy but because we process so many files, there is a lot of work to be done, even if it is monotonous work.
I am pretty good at dealing with changes in workload. I usually welcome a sudden change in workload because it entices me to work harder to get the job done.
However, I have encountered a different work environment at my current job.
Here's the situation: I work with someone who is depressed. We used to have a lot more people working in our office so I never noticed his behavior. These people have since been layed off. One of the reasons I never noticed his behavior is because he was always out for the day. Because of his illness it is okay for him to call in whenever he needs to and it's okay for him to show up late. We now share the duties of those that have been layed off. At first he only took one day of leave every week. I adapted to this schedule and actually learned how to do the work faster so that I could focus on my individual duties. Now it's getting to the point where he has been taking off 2-3 days every week. He also has some sort of anxiety about driving in bad weather so if it rains, he doesn't show up at all. When he is in office, I catch him sitting idle at his desk. If I ask him for help, he doesn't take too kindly to my requests. Sometimes I can hear him slam things around when I know he doesn't want to do them. I know that none of this is my business but his absences and behavior are starting to have an effect on me.
Because the work is monotonous and there are always huge quantities of files to process, I am starting to feel burnt out and stressed at the same time. Due to his increased absences I am starting to pick up more of his individual duties. There is one other person in the office but because of their contract, they are unable to perform the duties we share.
Has anyone been in a similar situation? I can't think of anything else to do but look for another job. In this economy, I'm afraid it might take too long before I suffer a breakdown.
I want to tell my supervisor how I feel but I really don't think anything can be done because of his condition.
Any advice is welcome.