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There's stress and then there's stress

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One of my former co-workers texted me for my birthday and we had a brief conversation about my changing jobs. She asked me if I thought I made the right decision and I said I did think so.

I am under a lot of (self-imposed) stress because I don't know everything I need to know about the job. Of course, that's natural about any new job and especially when making a move from the for-profit world to the non-profit world. Our agency is heavily funded by the federal government and you can imagine the rules, regulations, guidelines, etc. We work with both the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice and the rules are not the same even between those two. So I stress when asked a question and I don't know the answer off the top of my head. It is a huge change from my last job, where I was the "guru".

But this kind of stress is easy compared to the interpersonal stress of my old job and the pressure to continually do more work with less people. I kept asking for some "different" assignments because I was getting burned out just reviewing other people's work (and fixing their errors) day in and day out, but my requests fell on deaf ears. I always had to worry about getting "thrown under the bus" by coworkers. People constantly talked about others behind their backs.

As far as I can tell, there is none of that here. We all eat lunch together every day and otherwise we just all do our jobs. When we had all the staff meetings last week, at one point we were talking and somehow it came out that I have a real "thing" about spelling and punctuation. Instead of making fun of me (old job), someone asked me if I would help proofread the e-newsletters that we send out. Nothing more came out of it then, but yesterday one went out and I found an incorrect link. I quietly emailed the sender. She thanked me and then emailed the boss, asking if I could start helping out. The boss (who did not hear the original conversation) emailed me privately and said she generally likes to have "less expensive" staff do proofreading, but if I wanted to do it and would see it as a nice break from my usual duties, then she was OK with it.

Yes, I definitely think I made the right decision.


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