It's a while since I wrote here but I'm hoping you might be able to give me some good pointers as I'm in an unpleasant situation.
I have RA which started in early 2014, so I'm still on full meds e.g. 25g methotrexate. Under normal conditions I'm coping really well - I'm delighted with the improvements my medication has made.
However, my stress levels are high at the moment and it's affecting my energy level to the point of constantly feeling tired, exhausted and out of breath. I'm really concerned, which isn't helping!
I work full time in an office on a PC. I'm finding the work demands hard to cope with - too the point where I rarely have time to finish any work task and many tasks I rarely even start. My line manager is also in the same situation but tells me I need to prioritise every day and not to worry........but I do worry because I don't like letting people down. I'm also working remotely from the rest of my team and, because everyone is so busy, actual phone calls are rare. This means that emails can often be difficult to understand, which adds to the stress.
I have raised my concerns but today I was told that's they way DWP work so I will either need to get used to it or find another job elsewhere. At my grade I'm expected to be able to manage my own work load. Things are unlikely to change.
My line manager has asked me to look at at completing a Work RIsk Assessment, as she thinks I shouldn't be feeling the way I do feel. She essentially saying my approach to work is wrong and needs to change, and not the way they work.
I spoke to another manager today who said that everyone is under a lot of pressure as there's far too much on the go than there are resources to do the work - but I need to find a way to manage in this kind of environment. She said some days she goes home and cries.
I now seem to be at a cross roads - should I stick it out and try to change my approach to work (and not care as much) to reduce my stress levels or should opt out and find another job? Or are there other options?
Does anyone have any thoughts on this which might help me? I'm 57 so still have a number of years work ahead of me but am fast running out of steam.