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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 16 Oct 2018 20:55 #10562

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Hello,

I need help and advice.
Since late Nov 2017 I've been working at Martin-Baker in Denhan. At first I thought I was lucky to be working at Martin-Baker
but after only a couple of months I reliased the job was not for me. Let me try to explain why!

I live in Watford and even though I knew Martin-Baker was in Denham I took the job to escape a low paid boring job that I was
in at the time. I knew the Martin -Baker job started at 8am and knew traffic (on the M25) might be a problem. It was!! I left my house around 7am arrived at work just before 8am. The traffic on the M25 was slow, but was at least moving.
Over the course of many months I left my house earlier and earlier. During the Summer I got up at around 5am and left for work at about 5:45 - 6am. During the Summer getting up this early wasn't to bad as it was nice and light.
However, Now that its dark and cold in the mornings I'm finding it very, very difficult. I've never been (or every will be) a natrual early riser. Even at this stupid early hour the traffic on the M25 is quite busy but a least it moves quickly.

In short, I HATE the commute to and from work.

Another reason why I have to find another job is because I HATE what I do at Martin-Baker. I find the tasks I do extremly boring and repetative. I have no job satisfaction. I find the job very stressful. So stressful in fact that it's constantly on my mind all the time. (Even at the weekends!!)
I can't stop worrying about the job. Because of this I don't think I've a had decent nights sleep since I started there.

Don't get me wrong, I think Martin-Baker are a good company in what they do. (They design and make ejection seats for military
aircraft and helicoptors) I just think it's run badly! Everything seems to be done on the cheap.

All through-out the year I've been applying for local jobs left, right and center. I've had between 6 - 12 interviews during that time, but no job offers. As the dark nights have been drawing in, I've been getting more and more desparate to find another job and have been applying for more and more jobs. I've even started to think about applying for Temp, Part Time and Christmas jobs just to get out of Martin-Baker. Just this last week I've applied for 14 jobs.

What fustrates more that anything else is that very few people (if any) respond to my applications. especially agencies! Why is it that when you find a great sounding job that ticks all your boxes, the agency that is handling the applications doesn't respond when you chase them up?

I've even though about going to my manager(s) and telling them how unhappy I am and how the job is making me mentally ill and depressed. If I did this, I'm not sure how they would respond. They could either let me go by the end of the day or thay could offer me reduced hours or part time or some other solution.
It's hard to tell. It's proberly best not to tell them untill I get a firm job offer. What would you guys do?

All I know is that my stress levels are through the roof and I can't take it anymore. I need to leave Martin-Baker and find a local job ASAP.

Thanks for reading and any advice is gratefully received.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 16 Oct 2018 22:44 #10563

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Hi Paulm10,

I've been in your situation many times the past 10 years on and off and can tell you agencies are only as good as how much they are willing to pay you full stop.

When a job is literally making you ill you have to be proactive and dump it if you can as the consequences to your health further down the road can be painful that no money will compensate for.

Travel is also one of my big hates and that seems far worse if you are in a job you hate,low pay, working with muppets all day and then a long drive home.

I dont know your full financial situation but if you feel you have some control over your life financially speaking id go see dr first tell him/her your worries and get signed off for a month or however long you feel you need.Sounds to me you are well and truly burnt out and a dr will detect that but sometimes in these situations with mental health etc the point has to be spelt out to them in a polite way as to what your needs are.Dont let the start writing scripts for anti D's unless you feel thats what you need.

Take a good breather and make some plans and decisions re-energize the batteries and take it from there. :)

Back to agencies again, we are to them just a number and one they only call when no one else is available.Their looking to charge companies top dollar and pay the temp rock bottom as they can. :whistle: :evil:

Good luck

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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 17 Oct 2018 08:39 #10566

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Hi paulm10

I was pretty much in your predicament a few months back although slightly different.

Being micromanaged by a lazy incompetent office manager.

welfarecentral.org/index.php/forum-home/members-area/1212-work-to-much-stressed-out#4947

As jobber wrote,
‘I dont know your full financial situation but if you feel you have some control over your life financially speaking id go see dr first tell him/her your worries and get signed off for a month or however long you feel you need.Sounds to me you are well and truly burnt out and a dr will detect that but sometimes in these situations with mental health etc the point has to be spelt out to them in a polite way as to what your needs are. Don’t let the start writing scripts for anti-D’s unless you feel that’s what you need. Take a good breather and make some plans and decisions re-energize the batteries and take it from there’

I did go to the doctors - welfarecentral.org/index.php/forum-home/members-area/1212-work-to-much-stressed-out#4991

Got signed off initially for 2 weeks then another 2 and then another 2.

When I did go back the company was well and truly going through a fucked up change in structure. The owner was losing money and customers and after a month decided to lay off half the office staff, me included (thankfully, looking back) and another half of outer office staff – 22.

The owner dropped the ball on that one and kept the office manager and when I check their website every now and again they’re getting more complaints than ever.

Although back to unemployment, feel like a different person and I don’t take any medication either, though that is a subjective personal choice.

Mental health is far more important to any job for me.

Hope this helps and good luck.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 17 Oct 2018 11:23 #10567

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Warrior wrote: Mental health is far more important to any job for me.

Agree. Finding a good job and being happy with a work/life balance is everything and if that isn`t happening, it`s time to re-think. jobber and Warrior are in a better position to guide you paulm10 as I`m on ESA (at least hanging onto ESA with a slippery grip) so the world of work or finding work scares me to death. Although it`s not so much the job itself, it`s all the jargon and time involved looking for one knowing I don`t have a hope in hell of landing a job. I often wonder how people actually GET a job when I read some job descriptions and the hoops employers ask people to go through.

You sound very much in a position where you need that change now and if push comes to shove, see your GP for a fit note if you really do need that time to gather your thoughts and catch up with your sleep and rest. Keep a daily diary for yourself just to record how you feel, what your not coping with and why. See if there is a pattern.

The main thing is, take one day at a time and don`t think too hard about next week, next month. Keep us posted. Also, it just goes to show how someone IN a job finds it very difficult to get a new job. :(
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 17 Oct 2018 15:00 #10573

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Warrior wrote "Being micromanaged by a lazy incompetent office manager."

Arghh yes! the jobsworth micro managers of which i really detest;always looking over your shoulder watching every move certain people make.

What the joke shop roaches/DWP can't seem to appreciate, is that sometimes it better to be unemployed than in a job that's giving you sleepless nights 5 days a week and barely surviving financially .

I misread Warriors original post thinking that they were stuck in a job at present.



Comply wrote:Also, it just goes to show how someone IN a job finds it very difficult to get a new job.
Totally right Comply and the complete opposite as to the roach's line of thought programmed into em at joke shop.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 17 Oct 2018 17:17 #10579

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Even when working for Yourselve (Not recommended on UC); 12 Years ago, Had work some 50 miles away but due to Traffic and a 7.30 am Start
had to leave home 5.00 am to arrive on time, and not getting home till 8 or 9 pm, very soon got fed up with that and had to sleep in my Van & just went home at the Weekends; lucky only for 4 Months, A LOT of stress together with rough living Conditions did No good to my Health.
Just one of a number of things adding to "Old Age" Health problems, But do the DWP give a Shit..............................NO
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 18 Oct 2018 20:41 #10607

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Thanks for the replies. As it happens. I've already seen my doctor. The main purpose of the visit was to review the new medication I'm on to help control my high blood pressure. While I was there I mentioned that my high blood pressure might be due to the high stress levels I felt while working at Martin-Baker. She agreed that stress could be a factor in my high blood pressure. I told her all the parts about the job that were causing me stress (getting up mega early, the commute and the job itself) .

She was sympathetic about my problem and suggested that I contine to apply for other jobs closer to home. She also said that if the stress levels get worse, they do have someone who I can talk to that deals with stress related problems. Hopefully my stress problems won't get worse and I'll get a job offer soon. I've had a few responces from some recent job applications and I'm hoping to be offered at least one of them.

PS. I've been on medication for high blood pressure for years now, so I can't blame Martin-Baker for giving me high blood pressure, but it sure as hell is not good for reducing my blood pressure.

Thanks again for the help and support everyone.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 19 Oct 2018 08:50 #10608

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paulm10 wrote: I've had a few responces from some recent job applications and I'm hoping to be offered at least one of them.

Keep us posted P and hope one of those jobs is successful. Your in a better position than most to jump from one job into another, so fingers crossed for you. :)
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 21 Oct 2018 21:39 #10654

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Just a quick question.

Do you guys think I should have a chat with my managers and tell them how bad I feel with the stress at work or keep quiet and only tell them when I have another job offer?

Thanks.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 22 Oct 2018 11:45 #10656

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paulm10 wrote:
Just a quick question.

Do you guys think I should have a chat with my managers and tell them how bad I feel with the stress at work or keep quiet and only tell them when I have another job offer?

Thanks.

Mate I would hang on in there until you get another Job offer,
There are to few jobs and a lot of desperate hungry people after any job they can get,
so hang on to what you have got,
better offers are just around the corner.
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My Job Is Making Me Ill. 22 Oct 2018 13:00 #10661

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I agree with Paul. I suppose it depends how these `managers` deal with their staff and how willing they are to bend. Mental health in the workplace is now supposed to be a big cookie these days, but do employers actually practice it? Women working in jobs who are going through the menopause for example are given virtually no `in work` help, yet going though the `change` can be debilitating. Employers are supposed to make `reasonable` adjustments/changes for staff who suddenly have problems to manage their job better, especially if there are other colleagues pulling their weight around you and your workload could be lessened to take account of your needs.
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