Tasks are allotted in clumps. Once I’m done doing a task, I often have little to do for days. There is simply not enough work to do in the average workday.

My boss lies about things to avoid having to give accurate explanations for her thinking. I work alone with little human interaction. Opposite of a team-based work environment.  There is very little creative expression. My boss assigns tasks via verbal command, oftentimes not remembering what she has told me to do. Oftentimes she gets frustrated when the task I complete turns out differently than she envisioned in her head. Of course, there is no way for me to know what’s in her head, other than by her taking the time to clearly explain what she wants.

I have been tasked with tasks outside of my job description, i.e. for the dental office. I don’t mind the work, but feel as if I’m being used. 

I’m very unhappy during the day and never once have desired to go to work. I’m not really complimented on doing a good job, not that I need it to do a good job.

The Foundation has been around for 20+ years, but there is no employee handbook. There are no comprehensive guidelines or procedures that allow new employees to do their job well. This results in frustration for everyone.

I have no idea what I’m going to be doing for two weeks in Ecuador. I fear that I will become her personal assistant, given her record of becoming a super-diva when stressed. I could ask her, but I have a feeling from talking with volunteers that I will become her assistant.

If I leave soon, it gives her enough time to hire and train someone new before the trip. I have no benefits, vacation time, sick time, or personal leave time until August. I feel that I’m not gaining any “new” skills. In other words, the only thing I’m gaining/learning through this job is “experience” for future jobs.

~Worker Living in MARYLAND

You are reading from the book “Just Quit” & Live

life is like a camera

Sometimes we look around and wonder why are we here, doing this, this way.  Why is it like this?  It doesn’t have to be.  Things could be more organized.  Things could make more sense.  It actually could be a half-way decent place to work; but it’s not. It’s confusing and frustrating for no reason.

But…there is a reason.

There is a reason you are right where you are, working where you are working. There is a lesson in this for you. Look for the lesson.

Work lessons are life lessons.