When you're overwhelmed by daily duties or weekly schedules, it's always best to talk to the people who can make a difference: management.
When you talk to the boss, remember to keep a positive attitude and be reasonable about what needs to be done to cover shifts. Bring a solution with you. Here's a terrific example veterinary consultant Debbie Allaben Gair, CVPM, gave in a recent article: “I am unable to work late every night. I am willing to work late three nights a week for 90 days while we get through this tough time. By August 1, I really need to get back to one or two late nights a week. Would that be helpful?”
When you bring your ideas for a solution, the conversation changes from a complaint session to a problem-solving session. And who looks like a responsible, sensible co-worker ready for raises and rewards when the economy turns around? That's right—you do.
Return to quiz