Burn out and employment

I am going to try to make this as straight forward as possible, so if I’m skipping a detail and you want to answer, please ask. I don’t want to blather on about my woes.

Firstly, I’m burnt out. Like actually toast. I have two huge projects I’m supposed to be finishing up in addition to clients that require my assistance. I can’t even open my email without feeling paralyzed. I am speaking to my therapist, just emailed my PCP, and am practicing gratitude. My personal life is… I’m getting a divorce and I have a 17 month old and a 5 year old, so I’m in a stress loop. I’m doing what I can, but it’s incredibly difficult.

My salary is not livable. When I first heard of the job, it was exactly what I wanted, but about $20k lower than I thought I was going to make. I have 20+ years of experience and a Masters. I’m the only person in the state doing the work I do for our population (I’m a unicorn). I took the job because I was ok with that salary at the time due to being a 2 income household. That was a mistake (don’t be like me). The role was brand new to the company, to the entire sector we work in. In the private sector, a person with my job can make $150/hr. I make $21/hr. I know it’s a nonprofit and a new position, but what they got for their money is a bargain.

I had a salary discussion with my HR person and supervisor today as I had been asking for a time to look over my pay. I have told them that I need a significant raise. The raise I was offered today was $1k. A year. The company can only do 3% raises, and if I “hang in there” and develop the program which had not been developed when they hired me, I could probably get a promotion in August. That would maybe get me to at least another 10k a year. maybe I’m just guessing- I don’t know.

I have two major issues. 1- I’m burnt out. I’m not sure how to “fix” this. I have read everything, I’m doing everything they say, I can’t see out of this.

  1. I am pissed that I have to develop a program that they hired me to do. I want to counter this $1k raise (which isn’t even a 3% raise) and ask for a promotion now, because I have to develop the program. I make $21/hr. Development in my mind is something a developmental person does. I’m a “worker” right now- supposed to be doing the ground work, not writing SOAPS and so forth. I can do it, I’d LOVE to do it, but I am overwhelmed and underpaid.

I guess my questions are- how did you get out of being burnt out? And would it be wise to counter back and say, if you want this program developed, I need a promotion and a serious salary hike?

Thank you so much!

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