SRS Works making me sick

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  1. ldaggerl

    ldaggerl New Member

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    So for the past few months I've been getting stomach aches almost every day when I get up until probably the afternoon. Its to the point where I feel I'm going to vomit all the time. I've been to the doctors and she said to try some Prilosec OTC because its either stomach acid or I may have gal stones. Well I've been taking the pills and they help a bit but what I've noticed is that I don't feel sick at all when I don't have work. I had vacation all last week and not once did I feel sick even in the least. I've tried to change what I eat and stick to better foods, I've tried to make sure I'm not near anything that may be causing me to be sick. I feel that seeing as how I hate my job so much its in turn causing me to feel sick to my stomach. I do honestly hate my job. I love the people I work with but the company and job I have is something I really hate to do. Day in and day out I really don't enjoy it anymore. The thing is that well I obviously have bills and can't just up and quite. Can you think of anything else I can try?
     
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    quitting might be a good start.
     
  3. ldaggerl

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    I can't just up and quit though, I need to have money so I can pay bills. Thus why I still force myself to get up and go to work every day. I have been looking for a new job but haven't found anything that I'm looking for.
     
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    sorry for the short answer, but the solution is that simple. find something else, then quit this job.



    in the meantime, what is it about the job/office/company/situation you don't like? is it the boss? the actual work? your responsibilities? the cafeteria food? see if you can figure that out, and try to change it. easiest way is to find a good listener and start talking about your situation. a good listener will pick up things like you mentioning the same thing over and over and can point out that maybe that's your problem.
     
  5. ldaggerl

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    That's just it though, its nothing I can change. Its the work plain and simple, the company can't do anything correctly, everything we do it ass backwards from the get go. I hate having to go through 20 steps when if in the beginning we just thought it out a bit we'd have 5 steps and it would be done correctly every time. I'd give you an example but to get rather specific you'd get lost in the jargon. I don't mind my responsibilities or boss, I even actually really enjoy the people I work with. Basically programming puts out stuff that isn't correct, its as if they never tested it. Just wrote the program and put it out. Here is a rather vague example: We have billing that happens on the 17th for our clients. Well of course programming put out an update days before that caused problems when they tried to send in the billing file. We have over 1000 clients and 12 techs. Its as if our programming and testing department doesn't do their job. I don't mind fixing this and that but when all day I have to deal with the same problems over and over and over again just because someone didn't test or even try to use the software.
     
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    quantify it.......figure out how many hours were wasted, how many people worked on it, how much billing got fucked up........all of it. add it all up, pick an average hourly wage, and calculate how much money was spent because someone fucked up (but don't point fingers).

    send it to your boss.

    he might throw it away. he might pass it up the chain where they might throw it away. it might get to the president of the company and he could fix the problem. but right now, you're doing nothing but giving yourself an ulcer over a problem that people probably know exists but might not realize how bad it is.
     
  7. ldaggerl

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    I haven't done all the math as you said but I can get a rough estimate and I have talked to my boss. He totally understands, he even talked to the main boss here and still nothing changes. As a tech we are on call during the weekends about once every 2 months (we also get no pay for this, and any time we spend on the calls has to be taken during the week following or you lose it. But if its busy you can't leave until the boss says so). Well one weekend the phone system broke so no calls were being forwarded to the techs phones. Well when they came in on monday and found what happened the techs on call were written up because they didn't check the box. Yet programming gets nothing, nor testing because apparently they are the bread and butter and all others are worthless. My boss has been here for over 10 years, pretty much from when the company started and I've talked to him. He can't change anything but sees all the problems we deal with. He even has to deal with them most of the time. Its a cluster fuck. We have no set direction for anything. When I was hired I got no formal training, I had to ask people around me for help all the time. I didn't mind asking as I knew most of the people but to learn the software they installed it on my computer and told me to use it to learn it.
     
  8. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Maybe you should cut down on the luxuries that are making your bills high, then you can quit
     
  9. johan

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    It sounds like you really resent that other groups in this company get better, preferential treatment.

    This is too bad, but it's also basic reality of how life functions. Some people live it up in the executive suite, some people slodge down in the mail room. And all within the very same company...imagine that!



    If the programmers are the bread and butter, yep that's pretty standard practice that they get treated like the golden eggs.

    And tech support gets dumped on? Gee no surprise there either...

    You won't change management attitudes or prejudices.

    You can only remove yourself from the situation. Either get into the golden group, or get into another company that offers better.



    And word to the wise....tech support....regardless of where you go, it's a long shot to being part of the golden group.


    good luck to ya.
     
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    Well I can't just cut back. I have a car and rent that has to get paid. Then I do like to have fun. I'm a big fan of not spending all my money on my bills. I pay myself before any else gets paid.

    Yeah I know. I'm only 22 so I'm trying to really get my career on track and it is, I just have to put in the man hours now. The real job I'm looking at is network administrator or something along those lines. I've been looking at new jobs but its not exactly easy to find a job now a days. I go to school at night and I've been grabbing job opening flyers and calling people but either they want to pay me half of what i make now (which is less than I made on my internship) or they are asking for crazy hours. I'll find something hopefully. Not to mention an hour drive to and from work through traffic doesn't help it much. I really enjoy the people I work with (in the tech department) and can easily get along with anyone else. I'm just looking for something to help this because its honestly getting bad. I just need a way to stay bright and happy but its getting hard and I've never had this happen before, and well i don't really know what to do.
     
  11. BoomBoomBoy

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    You've obviously prioritized your shitty job ahead of your health. If a doctor isn't able to help you, I'm not sure how you think posts in this thread will. :confused:
     
  12. ldaggerl

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    Well without a job I'll have nothing, so that does no good. I have to work in order to do anything. In order to go the doctor I have to have insurance which I won't have if I quit. I'm not about to die over here but I sure don't like the way I'm feeling every day. I'm just looking for advice on what I could do. You know maybe someone else has had this or dealt with it and found a good solution. Right now the whole well tough it out until you find a new job or the just quit solutions don't really help my situation at all.
     
  13. johan

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    Well, you know what might help, is resolving to yourself that this is a temporary situation.

    That you are gonna change your attitude. You will be surprised at the change in you, once you change your mindset.

    Get up a half-hour earlier. Go to sleep a half-hour earlier.
    Make work a priority in your life.

    Get to work 15 mins early. EVERY DAY. (if you're the type to drag the clock).

    Figure out what your supervisor is looking for -- and then DO IT.

    So you know what's dysfunctional in your dept?
    Not the big systemic things, but tactical level things that could offer some improvement.

    So programming released buggy code? Big news..that's how things work.

    How about you figure out a way to keep tech support updated on the new releases coming down?
    When, what new functionality, what changes they need to look out for?

    No one from tech support checked the box, which resulted in no one picking up calls? PERFECT!
    That's an easy win for you... showing improvement should be cake for you since things are so slack now.


    How about you take the initiative and figure out a new way to dispatch calls, or to verify calls, or to notify mgmt of current call #'s?

    Or failing that, how about you monitor the queue volumes yourself, and start producing some weekly summary stats in a nice report that will catch a manager's eye?




    Hmmm does that sound like a supervisor's job? I wonder if maybe, just maybe, that is a fairly easy to achieve way out of your current situation.

    Get it?

    You don't have to look for a new job.
    You already know the in's and out's of this place.

    How about you use that insider knowledge to your advantage?

    Don't fall into the all-too-easy falsehood of saying "all mgmt are fucktards".
    Some of them arent you know. Some of them DO deserve to get paid more.

    Start providing some real benefit, some REAL value to the company, show that you have a brain, that you do give a fuck.

    Maybe then you'll be chosen to be elevated from the rest of the pack.
    No one gets elevated by doing the bare minimum, by just fulfilling the minimum requirements of the job.

    That's what all the rest of your glassy-eyed coworkers are doing in tech support. That and slagging management. Don't be like them anymore.

    Become the star that stands out from the rest.
    Prove that you actually DO know what's up.
    Prove that you are actually worth more.



    Rise above mediocrity and you will be selected to move up in the world.

    Not all managers are total idiots, born with a silver spoon and got handed a cushy job because they were someone's nephew.

    Resolve to work. Make a difference. It's time to wake up and shine.
     
  14. BoomBoomBoy

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    Like I said, if a medical professional can't help you, I don't think you'll have much luck here.

    Maybe since you still have insurance at your shitty job, you could go to a gastro/intestinal specialist.
     
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    have you tried an anti-depressant? I've been under high stress lately in my job and my home life, so my doc put me on lexapro for a few months til things settle down. my body was physically reacting in a negative way every day i had to be at work. i was having anxiety attacks. that might be what your stomach is signaling to you, that you are having bad anxiety.
     
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    werd. It sounds like anxiety...I know mine goes straight to my stomach.
     
  17. no lol today

    no lol today Soy la bailarina de la muerta. OT Supporter

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    I started going to teh doc for similar probs years ago when I was working at a stressful place & he diagnosed it as stomach spasms. Did an endoscopy & shit's all irritated with no determined cause. I know there's a reason for it, & I blame anxiety.

    The thought of abdominal epilepsy always kinda creeped me out, but I don't think that's it :p
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    :werd: Been there, done exactly that.
     
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    Awesome post Johan!!! I like how you think!
     
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    Agreed...it's quite good and has some really practical advice.
     
  21. ldaggerl

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    See the thing is about this is your trying to fix whats wrong here, thats not going to happen. Its been ass backwards sense it started. My boss is a great guy and does a great job. I don't blame him or anything. In order to fix whats wrong here you'd have to completely tear down the way everything is done and build it back up. It took me a whole year to get a computer that meet the minimum specs for our software. Yes I ran a P4 machine with a 2.0 ghz processor and 512 ram when our software requires MUCH MUCH more than that. To be truthful, the company really doesn't care if we like it or not. I'm really not trying to shake things up here because I don't want to fix them, I just want out. But before I can get out I wanted to try and find a way to help how I'm feeling so I can at least deal with it all.


    I would have never thought of me as having anxiety but I guess being stuck here and forced to come back to the same place every day could cause me to have it. Normally I'm kind of the care free guy, I just don't let things bother me because they aren't that important but being forced to go to a place I hate might cause it. I have not tried any drugs, I mean it seems like a good way to do it and might be one of my options if nothing else works but I'm very forgetful and it will probably be kind of hard at first to remember. I've never taken any pills for anything regularly either so that doesn't help.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I didn't think there was much I could do either but now I've got others input I'll try to stay cheery.
     
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    I am going to get raped for saying this (as well as maybe I should be....).

    But the economy is terrible, the job market is a bitch. Quitting is great and all that... but without a job to back it up with you are going to be left begging McDonalds to hire you.

    The first thing you need to do is make your resume all pretty and sparkly and begin searching for jobs NOW.

    I think upping a quitting might be a fire into the firepan thing.

    Now, my wife works for unemployment in Pa. To get her job she had to take 6 weeks of classes. One of the things she learned is something I have some trouble believing.

    Must be true though. She just finished those classes and she is the person you are talking to when you call unemployment...

    In PA the law is that you get unemployment if you are dismissed through no fault of your own.

    Not having the skill to perform your job is considered 'no fault of your own.'.

    If your boss writes you up 3 times and says on the slip 'Dude is incapable of meeting the jobs basic requirements' and then fires you then you have been made unemployed through 'no fault of your own'.

    When she told me that I didn't believe her. But.... well.... I guess it must be true.

    If you can get yourself fired for being incapable of meeting the basic requirements of your job title then you will at least end up with unemployment.

    Now for the people hating on me for saying this...
    in

    3...

    2...

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  23. ldaggerl

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    I'd love to get myself fired but that would really mess up my career. I'm only 22 and haven't had a whole lot of jobs in my field so I can't burn my bridges (trust me, getting fired seems like a great plan but that would hinder me from getting another job).

    I do actually have an up to date resume that I worked on about a week ago. I also yesterday was playing with my Linked account. Tonight at school I'm going to see if any new jobs come up on the board and see what I can find. I think its probably best if I'm just more proactive about finding a new job instead of dwelling on how much I hate this job. It does make me feel better when I'm looking for something new, I know now what I want exactly in a job and can handle finding one a bit better.
     
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    What is your current job?
     
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    Currently I just do tech support for a company that designs software for gym systems.
     

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