I am so lucky with my job!

@FFFrocks (306)
Canada
July 20, 2009 8:42am CST
I love my job! I have never before experienced this, being happy at work. Wow. For 7 years I held a very good position with a company in the recycling industry. I was the senior employee in the office working under the president, VP, and CFO, I was one of the bosses, I had authority, I got to travel for work, my gas was paid for, had great wages.... and I hated it. My boss was one of those people who just aren't cut out to be a boss, she didn't have the right personality or people skills for it. She wasn't able to relate to employees, nothing less than absolute perfection was accepted. She wouldn't praise her employees with a job well done because her thinking was "if they are worried about their performance they'll just work harder", and well, let's just say she gave the term 'sh*t rolls down hill' a whole new meaning! I used to get physically ill from the stress that she put on me, vomiting, unable to eat, my skin would break out, I was even convinced for a bit that my hair was starting to come out... I was not the perfect employee or anything, we all make mistakes but I know I was good or I wouldn't have been promoted to my position or kept around for so long! The environment in the office was very caustic. I don't know why I hung in there so long but I finally up and quit. Was very scary but it was the best thing I've ever done career wise. I ended up cycling through a few more jobs, getting laid off, when I was offered the job I'm at now. I work for less money, my commute is 3 times as long, and I couldn't be happier, or healthier! I was flabbergasted at first with how nice the owner here treats employees. When I made a mistake I found out that it was not indeed the end of the world as I had previously been led to believe..!!! Have you ever worked a job that made you physically ill from the stress? Where you ever beat down by your bosses? What did you do about it?
1 person likes this
3 responses
• United States
24 Jul 09
I like my job also. There were some rough roads along the way but with the variety of personalities you have to learn that part of your job too. Mainly I work around a bunch of women, and I am sure you know how that can be, but 90% of the time we get along and work as a team. I do not recall anytime in my working life that I was beat down by a boss. I am lucky, I guess, to have had great leadership. I have heard of people getting ill from the stress at work and one time I was almost there, but talking to a friend helps and to take the situation in a different direction. Most of the time I just tell myself 'whatever' and move on. We can't please everyone and not everyone likes us. I just go in each day, do my job the best of my ability and go home.
@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
24 Jul 09
That's the way you have to look at it. I have learned the 'whatever' that's for sure!
• United States
25 Jul 09
Sometimes it is hard to do but it is a work in progress. My mom can come up with great ways to look at situations and this is the one I learned from her. She would tell me, just do your work, don't let it get to you and the reward at the end of the day is that you can go home. SMILES.
• United States
26 Jul 09
I wasn't able to your comment before I posted mine to her discussion. I have learned that what goes around comes around. My mom worked at the walmart locally in town. There is like 7 in the whole city. Anyways, the one closest to us was like 7 minutes away. Anyways, She was doing great as a CSM on third shift then they decided to write her up for something silly which no one else there had been caught yet, but when she did it she got caught. Anyways, the instigator behind all this was trying to get her 8 hours over time and not give anyone else in the cash office 8 hours over time. Well, my mom put in for a transfer 2 years ago after all this started happening. She had forgotten about and started hunting a day time job to go along with the one at night. Anyways, They called her up from Clinton Highway store and shes been there a year in August. She's been with Walmart for 10 years this upcoming August. She loves her job and was going to be forced to eventually quit because of that one person but because she was patient she got in with the Cash office at this walmart and doesn't deal with people anymore. The lady that was doing all this who was over the cash office was put on notice after she left because she tried to change schedules without notifying the associates in charge of the schedules and she still tried to get that 8 hours over time that she wasn't divying out to everyone. One of the associates that took over after my mom left was able to notify the assistant Manager because the Astnt. Position had changed and she got that 8 hours taken away and was informed that she was no longer over anyone and that her job title was not classified but anything than a regular associate in the cash office. So it does come back to haunt you the way you treat people if you treat them bad.
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
I am happy that I got my new job since it will help me learn new Database Technologies and help me become an expert in Database Administration. My team mates are also very supportive of me and more than willing to teach me the way to become and expert within a week or two.
@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
24 Jul 09
See that is what counts, no? Having people to work with that are great. It makes all the difference!
• United States
26 Jul 09
I had a job that I loved and I went to walmart to make more money. When I was working there about a year one of the CSM's started conspiring against me to root me out. I was told that there were customer complaints about me about the way I smelled. I took showers and used lavendar scents when I showered and used that on my hair as well. Well apparently she didn't like the fact that I was too good for my job. I guess she felt threatened because she started asking around to other cashiers that I talked to on a regular basis. Yu know those one or two that you might actually be to consider a friend. Anyways, one of the girls told them that I had a lot to deal with at home and that although I might not have been the best at times, That most of the time I done what was needed to take care of me. I did go see a doctor because I found out after working 3rd shift for a couple of months that I had hemeroids. It had only been 6 months since I had kathryn. Anyways, I was loving what I was doing and really good at. The CSM there went and told the Assistant Manager and when I went to talk to the AM about it they wrote me up with a verbal warning. The next time happened within about a month of each other. I found out that the complaint happened the same time I was going to start getting health coverage and benefits for being part time. Full time you get your benefits within like 6 months. Part time its like a 1 year now. Anyways, my child care changed and I endend up going on short term leave and the AM wouldn't let me speak with the Store Manager about approving my schedule for day shift. Cause I honestly didn't care if all they worked me was 2 8 hour nights. The AM wouldn't go for it and they wouldn't let me talk to the Store manager which I knew very well because he used to be the store manager at the other walmart I worked at. Anyways, I ended up having to leave because I was told that if I got one more comment made by me that I would get fired if a customer made a comment about what I had been written up over. I knew it was the work of the CSM. I was informed that it was her doing. There isn't really anything I can do about it. But I did love the job. I've even applied for walmart this time around now that I've been job hunting again. It was more of the flexibility of the scheduling that I loved because of my little girl and the situation that I was dealing with, cause I was living with my mom and my mom and dad had just seperated.