I received this question:
I have been working for my current employer for almost 7 years. Over the past year they have fired 2 people and pushed 1 to quit. I have been given all 3 of the individuals work upon there termination/resignation. The company has refused to hire any new employees to relief the workload. They also refuse to grant me a title for almost 7 years. When I ask when I will get a title they ask me why I want a title…they then proceed to tell me “titles are over rated”…as all other employees have titles. Suddenly over the last two weeks they are telling me they need me to start traveling across the country and to change my work schedule. I refuse to travel to our market shows as I am not a salesperson, I manage an office…which does not require any type of travel. I do not know why they keep piling more work and demands on top of me. When I ask them when they plan to hire some employees to cover the work from the ex employees the owner tells me “sooner than you think”…I have not received a performance review in over 2 years. This does not seem right. If I quit the job I will not qualify for unemployment…but if they fire me and tell unemployment I am not doing what they told me to then I believe i will not get unemployment either. Please help. i feel like I am under too much stress which I have seen a cardiologist about and he has determined it is stress and not a heart condition. I do not know where to turn.
I don’t have a great answer off the top of my head, so I’m turning it over to you. Can you please use your brilliance (singular and collective!) to help this person out?