Misery Loves Company : A Job Experience

United States
April 20, 2017 6:42pm CST
I've talked plenty about where I work and how much I loathe it at times. I haven't, however, talked about the other people who work there and what they think of it. Not all of these people are my "coworkers" as they work in different departments. We don't even work in a "co" setting, and so I just considered them other employees, though nice enough people. "How ya doing today?" I might be asked by the meat clerk. "You know how it is." I would reply. They just nod in agreement and go on about their business. There was one meat clerk, that doesn't work there anymore (atleast I havent' seen him in awhile) and he was on the verge of retirement. He had been asked to stay for awhile, and so he did. I asked him one time why he chose to stay and he said "Well it's something to do you know?" We all (all the different departments) have our own qualms about each other, and about our uppers. We all unite in the fact that we aren't a fan of the main manger of the store. The man is a condescending type, and he definitely isn't the type who truly cares for his employees. He's fake, to sum it up. I hate those types of people, as I have said before. In any case, there is one guy in particular who used to work for the company, quit and has now come back. He apparently quit but then reapplied at another location a few months later, only to be transferred back to the location I work at. He has been promised this and that for so long, and then gets overlooked. He's finally getting a bit of a break and is getting more money and more responsibility. He definitely deserves it. The sad truth is that those who work their tails off are the ones overlooked, but those who don't are the ones praised. It does no good to complain because we are seen as the enemies so to speak if we do.. Back to the upper most manager of the store. A few years ago I had to get a doctor's note to be let out of work for a few days. I won't explain why, but let's just say it was pertinent that I stay near home. The manager's only concern was when I would be back, and couldn't I come back tomorrow instead of two days after that? Yeah... Needless to say, while he wasn't my favorite person then, he definitely wasn't after that. Anyway I know that there are a lot of managers / bosses that are like that. It's nothing new... but the main topic of this is that most people who work where i work? Have worked there as long as I have, if not longer. We may be a miserable bunch, but atleast we stick together...
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• United States
20 Apr
I have a job where we stick together. Each day we are there, we know what the other will go through. We are there for each other.
• United States
20 Apr
Atleast there is that for you... Team work is always good. I work in a team, but you could hardly call it team work.
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• United States
21 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes, but in some ways it gets sketchy because there is always someone you have to be suspicious of. There is a spy. I am good at observing.
• United States
21 Apr
@MsBooklover Oh I don't like feeling out of ease at work. As is, I have my days where I just want to quit.. .I preservere, but still.. I don't think I could do it if I felt on edge, especially if there was a suspicious character around me.
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@JolietJake (27813)
• Olney, Illinois
20 Apr
Pasta sticks together if you cook it wrong...
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• United States
21 Apr
How does one cook pasta wrong?
@JolietJake (27813)
• Olney, Illinois
21 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum By not following directions
• United States
21 Apr
@JolietJake Directions? What is this foreign word?
@NJChicaa (16013)
• United States
21 Apr
It is important to try to keep happy and joking with your coworker's just to get through the days.
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• United States
21 Apr
Definitely, most definitely. Comradery for sure.
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@NJChicaa (16013)
• United States
21 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum we have coffee together, decorate each other's doors, play pranks on each other, etc. keeps our spirits up during the week
• Banks, Oregon
21 Apr
Sometimes a job is just a job and other times it takes on a life of its own and you feel lost without it
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• United States
21 Apr
I am probably stuck somewhere between those two... with lots of loathing in between.
• Kingston, Jamaica
21 Apr
"The sad truth is that those who work their tails off are the ones overlooked, but those who don't are the ones praised. It does no good to complain because we are seen as the enemies so to speak if we do.." As much as this might sound as much as what it sounds like this statement is true and those who say it's not they are the suck-ups and kiss-a$$ers who would sham their way to look better than you. Never you ever fight with the dog for the scraps.
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• United States
21 Apr
I tried for so long to fight it, but then I learned it does no good.. I"m stubborn so it took me awhile to learn...
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@RubyHawk (9643)
• Atlanta, Georgia
21 Apr
I hear you. I've worked in retail and it can be a pain and nothing you can do about it. Complain and all it gets you is a bad report
• United States
21 Apr
This is grocery retail, so in ways better, but in others worse... There is one department with... three people in it. Three... After the last PT guy quit, they (the uppers) decided to just not hire anymore people...
@RubyHawk (9643)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum you guys should get a big raise
• United States
22 Apr
@RubyHawk The department with just three people in it isn't my department....
@paigea (17917)
• Canada
21 Apr
Over the years, and over many jobs, I think I had one really really good supervisor. I never felt affected much by the higher ups.
• United States
21 Apr
I have had several other jobs, but I think this is the one with the worst overhead manager. He's not my direct supervisor. In fact, he has the air of "it's not my problem go to your direct manager." He doesn't want to hear complaints, and won't hear them... EVEN if not, especially, if they are about your direct manager.
@paigea (17917)
• Canada
21 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum I am glad you all have each other to stick together with! Take care.
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@Gunchie (47)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
21 Apr
Work environment is always hard to fight routine, monotonous work environment, but we still love the job. That's the working environment.
• United States
21 Apr
I'm glad you still love your job.. .me on the other hand? not so much.
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21 Apr
My higher uppers go {in order of importance} the government & the Education Minister, the county council, the principal & the Senior management team, my head of faculty, my Line Manager, the admin staff, the cleaners ... and finally me. I find my Line Manager to be ineffectual. I have good friends at work and I have colleagues. Without my friends I would have gone insane long ago.
• United States
21 Apr
I have to say I agree... without people to vent to, regardless of it they are friends, I'd have gone bonkers...
@teamfreak16 (22357)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
Unfortunately, it's like that everywhere. You're expected to live for the company, yet get only to keep the job in return. And it's only going to get worse.
• United States
21 Apr
Makes me wish more and more that I could find a way to work from home...
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@maezee (21193)
• United States
21 Apr
I hate upper management who dont care about their people. Its the same here and I think it took them 2 years to even learn my name. Gah. What type of shop is this that you work at? I bet you have some interesting stories!
• United States
21 Apr
I work at a grocery store. I'm a stock clerk. I wouldn't say I have interesting stories though... Mostly complaints... Of course I am sure I am looking worse and worse to my employers. I have started to say "no I can't stay." or "no I can't come in." because I don't feel appreciated at all anymore. I even have my phone off today because one of my co-workers is out (I know this because a co-manager told me) and I half expect them to call me to see if I'll work tonight. It's easier than trying to think of an excuse.
@andriaperry (12200)
• Anniston, Alabama
21 Apr
Sounds like Walmart or Publix
• United States
21 Apr
I've actually been told that Publix is a pretty decent place to work... but no, it's neither of those places. I work for a local chain, I don't think they extend to Alabama. There are some in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia though.
@Hatley (137464)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Apr
Wheres a lot t o be said for sticking together a s we got the manager from hell she was happy with us one day'the next day we all should be fired she was bi plar and would not take her medications at all.
• United States
21 Apr
Is this the time you worked at the library?