Working for a living.

@dlkuku (1936)
United States
April 24, 2007 7:30am CST
Did you ever start a new job that you were really excited about and then after a couple of weeks you started having doubts? This is my third week working at my new job. At first I loved it, but the problem I am having is that the training sucks, and I feel like I am lost half the time. I am also left by myself, and then I have to figure things out on my own. Last night was horrible, I had to close the place by myself, which is fine, I can handle it, except when the other employees leave their work half finished. The employee who did this was the manager, she just left without a word not telling what I was supposed to do with the work she left, so I just used my judgement and did what made sense to me. I like all my co-workers, except the manager, there is just something about her that rubs me the wrong way. She says everything really sweetly, but I get a sense that she is really mocking me. Maybe I am just being overly sensitive. And then I heard from another co-worker that the manager doesn't know how to do the majority of the stuff in the department, that she only got the position because of office politics. I know she doesn't know how to train people, she shows me how to do things half way, when I need to know the whole process, then I end up asking someone else. I just find it very frustrating and I am thinking of seeing if I can move to a different department.
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4 responses
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
24 Apr 07
I personally think that the manager has to be more responsible. From what you wrote, she lacks competence. She should have given clear instructions and distributed the workload for the day so everyone understands what' is expected of them. I'd be fuming mad if i were you. But then again, if you like the job, does the manager bother you enough to make you quit? It will still be frustrating a few years down the road as well if you don't have a nice little chat with that manager now. All the best! - Lyn
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Oh last night, I was fuming mad! And I just kept thinking, that's ok, cause one day I will have her job. I did it before, I worked my way up in the ranks from a peon to general manager, and I worked that job for seven years as manager so I know I have the ability. I may have to put up with crap right now since I am new, but one day...LOL.
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
26 Apr 07
Wow i think it's amazing that you worked yourself up the ranks. If you can do it then, you can do it now! Watch everyone...here comes dlkuku! All the best - Lyn
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@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
28 Apr 07
Hi dlkuku, thank you for the best response. Did you have that chat already? hehehehehe You do know that it has to come sooner or later right? *wink* Good Luck! - Lyn
@miejanne (223)
• Finland
24 Apr 07
Yup, when I started at my currect work, I was SO excited about it. It was also my first real job with mothly salary and regular working hours. Now, eight years later, I'm so bored. This work cannot really offer anything new to me, actually I think last 2 years have been already more boring every day. But then I'm such a wussy, that I'm afraid of starting in some new place. Money is ok, colleagues are fine, boss is fine, so really my situation ain't that bad, but constant boredom ain't that good either. Couple times thought about starting my own business and all, but I don't know, too scary maybe.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I've been where you are and it it isn't easy to change jobs. But boredom really pushed me to get another job, and that job I only had for 6 months.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I am a retired computer technician/instructor and was hired by a company that trained people in just about any field you can think of and they did the best job I have ever seen. The only thing was negative was just how boring this job was. I wasn't there to teach, I was there to oversee and as a technician, but nothing ever went wrong. Day after day of sitting around waiting for something in our four offices to break down. After a year of that I quit but was talked into staying with the offer of more money and I was greedy enough to take the money, but after one more year of total boredom I quit again and asked the boss not to offer me any more money.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Well, I am certainly not bored, there is no time to be bored, LOL. Now my LAST job was boring, there was hardly anything to do. I would end up taking a book with me.
@mlgb_24 (638)
27 Apr 07
you are placed in an awkward position. it's hard to move on because you're just new there. and the hardest part is you feeling a bit lost. i think, just do your training well, then probably if there is a position that suits you more, with your training, then apply for it. but for now, because you're a new one, you need to sacrifice a bit. i've been there before, and it's so suffocating and stressful working in such a way. i stayed in that job for 6 months, until i can't bear it anymore that i resigned. good thing is, i never signed any contract - so it was easy to go. good luck to the days ahead!
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