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#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:17:00 PM(UTC)

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I moved from a GS7 position into a GS7 max position that is labeled as Assistant/Clerk. I took this position as I felt it was a low stress job until I completed my degree. I interviewed and was told the job would mostly be handling travel for 30 people and other assistant duties as needed. After the interview, the supervisor said my personality made her believe I would be perfect for other major duties as well. I was bombarded with major responsibilities and the staff was not very eager to help me learn them. Shortly after we were made to telework due to COVID. I have been doing my best to figure most things out on my own by looking back over saved documents and things. This has not been a healthy job. The workload is major, everything is recurring weekly and there are timelines on all of it. I asked about a promotion since the duties I am handling are not assistant or clerk duties. They are very clearly specialist duties. I was told sure but it's my responsibility to make cert. It's been 7 months since that conversation and I have not been able to make cert in the specific 301 series to a specialist.
I feel so stuck between a rock and a hard place. I am trying to balance virtual school for my kindergartener, college and this demanding and heavy loaded job. MY boss very much knows this yet keeps piling more responsibilities on me. I recently had to take leave and be placed on meds for the stress and anxiety.
Any advice on being in a clerk/assistant position and having to carry out specialist workloads and tasks? IS this kind of thing allowed? HR won't discuss because I asked to keep it confidential. Forgive my complaining... I am just looking for some advice as I am fairly new to the government. Thanks!
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#2 Posted : Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:41:49 PM(UTC)
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Maybe try posting this in the Federal Employee Planning and Development forum. https://forum.federalsou...lt.aspx?g=topics&f=8

As far as making Cert, if you don't answer Expert on nearly all of the Self Assessment questions, you won't make it. You are screening yourself out.
#3 Posted : Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:03:28 AM(UTC)

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I'm pretty sure this isn't allowed. Do you have a union? I think if your boss already knows about how you are suffering and won't do anything about it, there's no reason to keep it confidential. Let HR come in and do an audit of your responsibilities. You could also see if this crosses over into workplace harassment or bullying and see what your agency's policy is on that. You could also try talking to your manager's manager, go up the chain.

This is drastic, but no job is worth causing yourself medical issues as you describe. I think you could also consider applying to another job that is actually less stress (which do exist, both federal and non-federal), and being upfront in any interview at the beginning about your needs. If necessary, even save up and then resign. Again, no job is worth making yourself sick and on meds.

I see this was 6 months ago, so hopefully it resolved already.

Edited by user Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:39:48 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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