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Old 11-18-2018, 04:17 PM #1
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Default Fear of getting into prison over an office job.

I just graduated uni (first class) and started working my first office job - banking assistant...

In short, the company I work for acquires surgeries. We inherit their bank accounts and aim to close them, but move all their direct debits to our main account before doing so.

I am responsible for importing bank statements, allocating payments to suppliers and transferring direct debits from one account to another before closing the old accounts down. I also occasionally set-up rent payments, make phone calls to institutions or even talk to clinical directors from the surgeries.

The thing is, ever since I started this job, I have started getting depressed and fearing of getting sued and in prison because of a mistake I make at the workplace.

I fear I have so much responsibility, but in fact it's an administrative job and there are at least several more levels in the organisational hierarchy - i am at one of the lowest levels. Yet... it feels like I am doing really important stuff, hence my fear of liability.

There is nothing in my contract regarding liability and I also don't want to mention this to my managers.

Any ideas on how to overcome this? It really affects my joy of going to work every day. It also makes my weekends really something special and then on Sunday night I am dreading to start the cycle all over again and fear all week of getting sued at the workplace... At the same time, I don't want to quit the job, because my team says I am doing well and I am also happy with the salary.

Thank you and much appreciated!

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I think its very unlikely that you will go to jail if you ever make a human mistake . it does sound like anxiety and over thinking things and looking for the worse possible scenario.
Do you do anything for fun when you are not at work ? Home hobbies or the gym or something that could help you relax and take your mind off work .
Please try not to stress about it , I'm sure you will be fine .
Do you have a therapist ? They might be able to help with the other thinking
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Have you made a mistake or are you just worried you will make one? I know I have made mistakes in a lot of my jobs, and most of the time nothing bad happened. I never went to prison.
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I haven't made one, but there are so many points in this job at which I can make small ones, and since it's related to money, I feel like I am going to mess something up...

And it's not about the amount of mistakes I might make, it's about the level of importance even one mistake might have..
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I haven't made one, but there are so many points in this job at which I can make small ones, and since it's related to money, I feel like I am going to mess something up...

And it's not about the amount of mistakes I might make, it's about the level of importance even one mistake might have..
Whoever is in charge in your job will be aware that mistakes can be made . most likely mistakes have been made before . i know i already posted here but i don't want you to worry because i really don't think that if you do make a mistake that you will go to prison but i have an over active mind so i do understand how you can make yourself think that but i really don't think you should worry .
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