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What can I do with tyrants at bay? Written by therye2 on 10/01/2015Life is full of struggles. I get that. I understand how everyday can be a terrible day at the work place. I want to know what you think.

This job I've had for two years has given me a lot of stress, struggle, and grief. I've pin pointed it to one a single person; my bosses. We have a department head and a chief of office. Their motto is "the customer comes first', I beg to differ by all means. There's times when they'll leave their work space and ask me to block their schedule and reschedule customers on the same days of the appointment. There's times when they don't show up to meetings and have no excuse afterwards. When i'm late for legitimite reasons, via car, health or even waking up late, I get torn a new one. For the past two years, I've gotten in trouble for others often. Their view of blowing things out of porportion has brought me to a new low. I've began becoming distant with my coworkers and slowing my pace of work down. They've taken a notice to it and have asked me "Why don't you talk to us the way you talk to customers?"; and I say, "you're not the customer". I can't seem to find the drive be nice to anyone anymore. These bosses of mine have even picked me off and "counseled" me for not saying greeting them. Who do they think they are? I'm forced to respect them because of the rank they hold in this job, but what can I do rather than sucking up? I hold my own professionalism with passion and I'm here to serve the people. I can't afford to quit this job either. They forced me to put in a bunch of paper work for a day off when they just don't show up? What type of business are they running? Along with them is a certain employee that just rubs me the wrong way. This kid sits on his phone the whole day and still gets praised while I run my A** off around the workspace everyday. The difference between him is that he's nice to people even though he is the gossip queen. Some my say I envy him and to a certain degree I do, but I would never want to be like him. I would never want to earn my rank the way he has. He would snitch on me if I had snaks in the work space. He would complain if he had to work and the other employees and myself would never hear the end of it. This job is full of messes right now and I just unfortunatly have to deal with it. All I know is that I just work here. I just have to suck it up. Thank you for reading. Sorry for the rant!
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State job - Why hiring friends can be bad for work morale Written by Sfbayarea on 10/01/2015I started working as a HC professional for state over a year ago. Since then it has been difficult to even get close to transitioning to a horrible/closed minded work culture. My coworker who has seniority was hired as "lead" and got her friend to be part of our team. 1st month, her friend already went on a 10day vacay! Since then, every other month this past year she has gone on vacay for a week or two. The lead calls in randomly, went on a 14day vacay and the other continues to go on vacay. I called in sick when i had the flu for 2days, vacay most 3days.. the new girl says how difficult it is covering for me?! Lol hilarious. I found out today they are hiring friend & the continuous vacay employee has been encouraging already to take vacation. Yet another hire based on friendship, than qualifications/merrit; i was hoping for someone outside the company, fresh eyes not blinded from the current culture. I used to ride share w/them but realized it wasn't for me, i got tired of hearing very bad gossip about others..imagine what they say to me! I work hard, always take initiative..but i am no longer growing/learning in this environment and unhappy. The lead wants to increase workload by 50%-work she will not do but delegate, i already eat lunch/straight back to work and no breaks! I always do the hard work and my boss gives our lead praise/credit..amazing! I am normally a very happy, outgoing individual but these women are draining. I never realized how important work culture was until i worked with these people. I hope we all find a better environment for all those w/similar situations. Add a Reply
Walmart - DO NOT SHOP HERE. EVER. Written by Anonymous User #2794 on 10/01/2015I worked in a Walmart that was okay, except for my manager. The manager I worked for was from hell itself, and had no mercy or regret towards any employees. Whenever he was on the sales floor, where the customers do their shopping, he seemed like a really pleasant guy. That's an act. Here's how he treated employees. You make ONE TINY MISTAKE and he immediately takes you to his office, making no big deal of it to customers or you, then as soon as you step in that office and he closes the door? Prepare to go through hell. And he won't let you go until he feels he has sufficiently tortured you, and in my experience, not until you're weeping loud enough for people outside to hear you, in which case he gives up, steps out, and lies saying something like "Oh, a family member passed away" whenever asked about it. I could not be happier and better off both emotionally and financially (I found a better, higher-paying job) to be FINALLY LEAVING THIS ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE HELLHOLE.Add a Reply
Applebee's - Written by Underpaidoverworked on 09/14/2015To all that apply @ Applebee's in Augusta GA on Washington road. No that they have no cares or respect for there employees. They want you to work 4 hours per day. They don't want you to work any other job. When it's slow they expect you to work 3 to 4 sections of the kitchen on your own for up to 5hours a day. If you are like me and have adult bills don't apply Here. Add a Reply
Written by MD Specialist on 09/08/2015I'm retired now, but still have dreams about most of the workplaces I passed through during my career in corporate communications. I thought I'd share one from early in my career.

The job was that of patient relations assistant for a 200-doctor medical group. I was interviewed by HR, then the nurse who ran the patient outreach department. It took more than a month to get hired, which should have been a warning to me, but I wasn't that savvy at the time.

The job was supposed to involve (1) helping patients find the right doctor and (2) helping them resolve complaints about doctors, staff, etc.

But on the first day, I was told I would be the telephone backup for the entire department. Not a big problem for me, as I knew that small companies and departments often relied on lower-level staff to backup clerical staff. But then, I was told the entire department staff would be leaving at noon for an inservice, to which I was not invited, and I would be left holding down the fort and answering phones. On my first day!

The person who was leaving my new job was there on my first day to "train" me. She basically told me what she did, and then briefly described an issue that was pending. She described her idea for a solution and then said to me, "Draft a letter telling them...." and left.

So I answered phones, greeted foot traffic, and locked up the office at the end of the day.

It only got worse. My phone rang constantly, and most of the calls had nothing to do with my job duties. I quickly learned that my phone was the main phone for the entire clinic system and that I was in effect, the company switchboard. I also learned that higher ups did not know this!

Then there was the department secretary. She resented me because she had learned my salary, larger than hers, from a pal in another department. She did everything she could to sabotage me; eventually I decided that my best course of action was to befriend her and be supportive. She was obviously a troubled person. Eventually she left, and the person who replaced her was wonderful to work with.

Next came the boss. She had been passed over for a promotion, and reported to a younger, savvier woman. She compensated by doing whatever she wanted, and letting staff pick up the slack. Her favorite ploy was leaving early on a Friday afternoon, after having written "university hospital seminar" on her calendar.

Now I'd worked at the university hospital and knew full well that seminars were NEVER scheduled for Friday afternoons in summer. Several times I called a former coworker to confirm my suspicions that no such seminar was being offered.

Early on in the job, I approached the boss and asked why the advertised job did not reflect the clerical nature of the actual job. Her response was that I could accept it or leave.

I did eventually leave, but not after doing a few quiet things to ensure that the next person to hold the job would not have clerical duties.

It was an interesting lesson for me.
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