Well, that's not exactly true. I love writing this blog. I love being able to share my own story and the stories of others. But honestly, it's not all great wine and roses. Sometimes, someone will e-mail me with a story like fellow blogger Erin from Organizing with Erin, did. Her story was inspiring.
I think it's definitely a great thing to hear a story like hers. Where her experience with bad bosses motivated her to start her own business. It makes you think that maybe that could be you someday!
Then, I get stories like the one I am trying to write now. It's about someone who is having an absolutely nightmarish time at their job. The person has PTSD and unfortunately, works in a very stressful environment, thanks to an awful boss.
In fact, this boss has topped the list of bad bosses to date! This boss exhibits almost every behavior I talked about in a previous post about bad bosses. I can't imagine what it would be like having to take prescription medication at night in order to be able to sleep!
I can however, imagine what it's like to need a stiff drink when I get home, though. I can't empathize, but I can sympathize. And on occasion, it gets to me. I feel awful that people I know are so unhappy. Well, I don't really know all of them, but you know what I mean, don't you? I hope so.
It's very late and I could be sleep writing. Could that be a real condition? I'm gonna look it up and report back with what I find!
Anyway, every time I read what I've written in an attempt to share this person's experience, it never seems good enough. There's so much pain in it. Nothing I write seems to capture all of it. I want to be able to convey it to you in a way where you can really feel where they're coming from.
I'd feel like I was being disrespectful if I couldn't truly express the horror that they are having to deal with. The balance between telling you what's happened to them but not having it be too grueling to read, is really driving me nuts!
At some point though, I'm sure I'll figure it out and be able to share it appropriately.
The other thing to, is that initially, when I started writing this, I wanted to be able to give some advice on how to deal with some of these issues. What I found though, was that most of the experiences that people have shared leave me clueless!
The only thing I can think to do is to leave. But of course, even if they did leave, the possibility of ending up in the same type of situation is pretty good I've found. It's a real drag! What do you do then??
You can change your perspective and look on the bright side because you have a job, blah blah blah. But sometimes that just isn't enough. We already know that our jobs are important! That's the reason we keep showing up, even when we hate it! But some of these employers just keep adding insult to injury.
Eventually, anybody would get to the point where they're like "look, this shit has gotta change!". Wait, I think I just changed topics mid blog, my bad.
I guess I better stop stalling and get back to writing this story. My hope is that one day somebody will read one of these posts and think about how they treat the people who work for or with them.
Wondering if they are making someone they see 5 days a week miserable at work and then challenging themselves to do better! Let's all cross our fingers and bow our heads in a moment of silence on that one!
Truth is, no matter how many awful stories I get, how sad they make me feel, or how difficult they are to write, I really love being able to expose how workers are being treated.
And, in the end, I will continue to voice the concerns, issues and sometimes anger of the overworked, overlooked, under paid and unappreciated! So, if you have something you'd really like to get off your chest or tell someone you work with, but just can't, please let me do it for you! It would be my pleasure!
Happy Monday everyone! And, as usual, have a GREAT day at work! Or, at the very least, don't do anything that will get you fired and/or arrested!
The Working Poor
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