Originally Posted by agrazela
By keeping this paper trail, you CYA when someone complains to your boss that the copiers aren't getting fixed or the letterhead ran out, or when you fall off a ladder or electrocute yourself while changing a ballast.
This is actually really sound advice. I've done this for years.
Start it off really low-key..like "Guys, I really need you to start writting down these tasks that need done so I can set a priority on all of the rquests and make sure nothing gets forgotten about" In other words, make it sound like you are trying to do your job better.
If the people making the request balk at filling out a form, don't make a big deal out of it, you whip out the "To-Do" list on your own and write up the request yourself (Date, time, task, person who asked you to do it..."just the facts mam") You are just exercising the "I'm a good little cog in the system" philosophy.
Once you have a paper trail of tasks, keep a written record of what you do on a daily basis. Then slow the whole system down and work at a comfortable pace. Don't refuse to do a task, just do what you can do and some of the tasks just aren't going to get done
Now, when you get confronted about why such and such didn't get fixed, you can whip out the logbook and very frankly say what you were doing and ask your supervisor where he/she thinks time was wasted.
One of two things will happen... your boss will fire you (knee jerk reaction from uneducated employer) or will consider hiring some more people power to lighten your load/reassign some of those tasks to others.
Last thought....if you are living on a shoestring, dedicate some time to finding a new employer. Don't pull the plug on the current one or even change your demeanor on your current job, just covertly look around for new opportunities. When you have someplace else to go, you can waltz into your bosses digs and make your pitch "Gee, I really like it here, but I'm not making enough to keep up with bills, so I'm afraid that unless you have something more to offer, this is good-bye..." You can usually get away with this play for a raise once. The second or third time your bluff will get called, so you never make this play until you have another employer waiting in the wings.