Work dump: To load up a hardworking/successful/dependable employee with assignments. At times reducing the workload of other less successful workers.

Ok, I think I made this term and definition up but I’m sure you know what I mean. This is an issue in all areas of employment.

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Getting a heavier workload or more complex assignments can be stressful but how do you properly respond to it in the workplace? Here are some tips and views I’ll share to manage if believe you are overloaded at work:

  • Don’t complain: Sure you can vent to a friend but don’t let the bosses know that they are overloading you. It’s fine to acknowledge the heavy workload and to manage your bosses expectations so they can make realistic due dates but don’t go negative. It doesn’t look good.
  • Rethink the situation: Face it, you get more work because you do good work. It’s actually a compliment. It’s also a gateway to career success. Managers talk about their steller employees and good managers reward such employees.
  • Never say no: As stated before, management sees something in you which is why you are getting “dumped” on. As soon as you turn down a work assignment, you might be lowering your value. Now, if you must say no, then really think about why you are saying no and fully express it to your boss. If they are asking you to do an assignment that would prevent you from accomplishing an equally important assignment let them know. Perhaps ask for an extended due date or for assistance instead of a flat out no.
  • Take a time out: Ultimately no one cares more about you than you. If the work dumping is affecting your mental and physical health then take a break. A good manager, aware of the situation, should understand that you need breaks. Go on a vacation, meditate, leave work on time when you can, exercise in the middle of the day, telework. Take time for you. The work never ends but getting sick over it can mean your end.
  • Communicate: The common theme here is to have good discussions about the work. If you believe the work dumping is not leading to good things then have a conversation with your boss about your career goals and ask about the types of things that can get you to the level you want to be. Remember more money, more problems. Therefore, with every raise, expect more work or at least a higher complexity of work. If no raise is being offered, make the request. The ultimate, positive outcome from workdumping should be career reward. If that’s not happening then…
  • Leave: Finally, if you feel overworked, stressed out, undervalued and, even worse, you are losing the love of the job; it might be time to go. Being in a situation where you are overly worked but not rewarded in any way is not an enjoyable way to live. If a raise/promotion or other option is never going to be in your future, then looking elsewhere might be a good idea.

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