How To Make A Shitty Job Suck Less

 

Do you hate your job? We’ve all been there. It’s okay. Believe me I have had my share of jobs that I loathed, hated and despised. The type of job where you wake up and you are physically ill at the thought of going to that job for just one more day. In life we sometimes find ourselves in these situations when bills need to be paid or when we fell for a company’s slick HR recruiting campaign. It sucks, but there are ways to deal with difficulties in the workplace. When I was stuck hating my job, I developed a system to approach my work that would allow me to function as best I could until I could find another place to seek my excellence. (Side note “seek excellence elsewhere” is a slick phrase that one of my former employers used to tell people whom they were firing.) My approach to working through difficulties was simple. There were 3 major areas that I really hated about my job so there were 3 areas that I had to conquer in order to not completely dread the job.

Shitty Bosses

Inevitably you will encounter a shitty boss at some point in your life. In my case, my shittiest boss was actually satan incarnate. She was the type of person that made your stomach turn any time she spoke. She used to spend her days literally reviewing performance pexels-photo-288477.jpeg in an attempt to write us up for this or that. Ultimately I made it out of her  version of hell with my job still in tact, but she was literally the worst. I knew that in order to be able to hate my job less I needed to hate her less. I began to ask questions about her to my coworkers. What was her life like? I needed something that would trick me into believing that she was human so that I could somehow connect with her mammal to mammal. I found out in my quest for info on her that she was married with two children and that her husband was physically and emotionally abusive to her. That made it a lot easier to deal with her because I understood why she was awful at work. It was the only place in her life that she felt like she had any control. This does not excuse the fact that she made life miserable for those who reported to her in any way, but it did give me a better understanding of why she did it and that made it easier to deal with. She was eventually demoted out of management altogether which was the best thing that could happen for people working for her. It still made me sad for her because she lost what little bit of grasp she had on anybody. Moral of the story here is that you need to try and connect with your shitty boss in some way. Try to humanize them in your mind and it will make interacting with and working for them a little bit easier.

Shitty Coworkers

I’ve had my fair share of these at all of my jobs. In one job specifically I worked with folks who did absolutely nothing. That was a struggle. I’ve always been a hard worker and nothing pisses me off quite like carrying the load for myself and my coworkers. It was so bad at one point two of my coworkers would go and hide in the bathroom to avoid waiting on customers because they knew that if they were “using” the bathroom, management couldn’t say anything to them. So believe me when I say I startup-photos understand what it’s like to have truly shitty coworkers. The way that I got around this was by just pretending that they didn’t exist. Instead of focusing on the fact that I was having to their job as well as mine, I just pretended that all of that work load belonged to me. It seems stupid, but it really worked. It made my interactions with them minimal because I was more focused on completing their tasks and my own, but it made the time go by faster and it let them know that I was serious about working. It also let management know that I was serious about working because they could see the volume of customers that I was waiting on and other work that I was doing. This served me well and I was offered a position in management because of it. So approach your coworkers differently. Commit to being there to work and let all of the other stuff be secondary. And if that means doing a little extra work to pick up someone’s slack, then so be it. If it means staying to yourself to avoid workplace drama, so be it.

Shitty Customers

This one is simultaneously the worst and the best bad situation you can face at work. It’s the worst because you have to be nice to customers simply because they are customers no matter how wretched they are to you. It’s the best because they usually aren’t with you for more than a few minutes at a time depending on what type of work you do. For me I had to over the idea that when slighted, I should be allowed to slight back. This simply isn’t the case portrait-angry.jpg when you work in customer service. So I made customer interactions a game. I used every ridiculous customer service technique and cliche that I could to make every interaction look like a textbook situation. And when a customer became angry and raised their voice or attempted to argue with me about a policy or procedure, I turned into a customer service robot. I repeated appropriate phrases and made generalized statements until they eventually gave up and accepted whatever it was that was beyond my control or asked to speak with a manager. I tried my best to turn it on like a light switch when a customer walked in, and I was so good at ‘faking’ it that I even won a couple of customer service awards during my time at this job. Even my managers and coworkers didn’t know how bad I hated the customers. So rethink how you are interacting with customers and how you approach negative encounters with them. They expect you to be human and have weaknesses that they can exploit to get what they want. If, instead, you respond with a prepared statement, or simply refrain from responding at all when posed with a ridiculous question, you throw off your aggressive customer and instead only highlight their weaknesses. Which means you won. And BONUS you can’t get in trouble for arguing with customers if you never do!

So those are my suggestions for dealing with shitty jobs. I realize that not all of these can apply to everyone’s situation and that these are generalized tips that won’t necessarily make your job any less shitty. At the end of the day I had to leave these jobs in order to get relief. But these are the steps that I took to make them a little more bearable while I had to work there. I will continue to post little tidbits in this section of my website to help you cope with difficulties at work and hopefully you won’t be in your shitty job for too long! If you have specific questions for funny stories about what you’ve done to make bad jobs a little better, I’d love to hear them! Hit me up on social media or send me an email! And if you are in one of these horrible jobs, hang in there! There are plenty of other jobs out there and retirement is probably in your future, too! There’s plenty to look forward to!

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