The 'Worst Job' you've ever had is a curse. You dread the hours you spend there as it drains the life from you and you hate everything about what you do. There's nothing worse than that!
In this Group we'll discuss the following and MORE:
- What's the worst job you've ever had and why?
- What makes for a nightmare job and why?
- How did you escape your bad job?
Please also review these 3 great videos and articles and let us know what you think:
- Mike Rowe: This One Thing Can Make Any Job Feel Like a Soul-Sucking Waste of Time / http://bit.ly/2e6FmNd
- What Happens When Your Dream Job Isn't So Dreamy? / http://bit.ly/2elUy82
- The surprising benefits of hating your job | Colby Angus Black / http://bit.ly/2e1CiAR
- This is the Worst Type of Boss to Work For / http://bit.ly/2ehrmAQ
- Four ways to make a bad job good / http://bit.ly/2eiT0ic
- How To Escape A Horrible Job / http://bit.ly/2eiTjtm
Thanks and see you inside the 'Worst Job I Ever Had' Group!
For me, a bad job is mainly made that way by the people you work with - including your boss.
Referring to this aspect, I found "This is the Worst Type of Boss to Work For" to be a very interesting read. The article presents the results of a study at Michigan State University that showed employees prefer a "consistent jerk" to a "sometimes jerky" boss. The reason behind this odd preference is that uncertainty is harder to cope with, and you end up blaming yourself for the occasional bad feedback you receive from a sometimes less-than-reasonable boss, whereas a consistent bad feedback/treatment is assigned to certain personality traits of the manager.
Still, this makes me curious. What would you prefer if you had to choose between these two options and why? Being constantly trated unfairly by your boss, or receiving fair and unfair treatment randomly? Looking forward to your opinions on this!
1. Worse Job I've ever Had: I worked for a real estate agency that focused on Foreclosures. It was not necessarily the work of the job that was awful, but the people I worked for. I was sworn at daily, contacted at all hours of the night and generally disrespected. I made it one month before I was forced to quit out of respect to myself.
2. A job becomes awful when the employee does not feel respected or generally feels uncomfortable in the work place. It is a dicey position to be in when your job is miserable but you need to work.
3.The only way to escape a bad job is to get a new job and move onto a better position. While it may seem overwhelming to get a new job, the best thing you can do for yourself is move onto a new job. Make sure to not burn any bridges on your way out, but be firm when you leave the company.
Of this list of videos and articles, the one that really resonated with me was Mike Rowe's, where he compares a bad job to Holocaust victims whose task was to move rocks back and forth across the concentration camp. Yes, it's an extreme example, but the point is that if you feel you have no purpose in your job, then your life may feel meaningless and hopeless.
As a recent college grad, I've had quite a few menial internships and jobs that made me feel like the stereotypical, mindless cubicle monger. There's no fulfillment in those types of jobs. That statistic from the Colby Angus Black video about how the majority of educated Americans are disengaged from their jobs is interesting. It's like we have to be more and more qualified to get a job--but not necessary so to actually perform it.
I appreciate Liz Ryan's outlook of "How to Escape a Horrible Job." I had a horrible job once, where the boss went into violent rages. Unfortunately, he was the owner of the small company, so I didn't have any recourse within the company.
As Liz Ryan mentions in this article, I felt stuck and too overwhelmed to think about a different job. But I finally decided I just couldn't be that miserable anymore. No matter how difficult I thought the job hunt would be, I had to get out of there.
As it turns out, the job hunt wasn't hard at all. I leveraged my experience, went to an employment agency with a specific target in mind, and within a week, I landed what turned out to be my dream job.
If you're stuck in a miserable job, a better one is out there. You'll be amazed how fast things can turn around. Figure out what you want, and go after it.