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Has anyone had a job where co-workers make you feel stupid? Like, I know I'm a fairly educated person, but there are a lot of times in my summer job where I am made to feel like not knowing something deserves shunning. I think what's worse is that if you attempt to do something anyway (to stumble your way through and teach it to yourself by reading to box instructions), you get people telling you off. Asking doesn't help, since then they actually tell you to read the box instructions anyway.

There's just something about some of my co-workers that just rub me the wrong way. Some have such a nasty double-standard, especially when it comes to work ethic. It's apparently okay for them to stand around shooting the shit, but damn, if you happen to stop to listen to a story someone is telling, you are going to get told off. I don't think I've actually worked in a place like this before.

It doesn't help that I'm quite tired. School was a whirl-wind tour for eight months and now I'm working as hard as I can to make enough money to pay for the next semester of school. Then I get another whirl-wind tour for another ten months until I graduate with my diploma. I just need a holiday, but I suppose that's something to look forward to... you know, once I graduate, find a job, move house, and settle into a new life completely.

Change is scary sometimes. I just try not to think about it much. Getting through the summer and then second year of school is what stresses me most... and the money issue. :/



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Jul. 17th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
It's all a power trip for them. Just try and not let it bother you, Nata. You've only got a few more weeks left and then you're done for good, and you can leave it and never worry about it again.

You'll be fine. You always are, Nata. You're a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for.
Jul. 18th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just a month and a half left. Hopefully things get better before they get worse.
Jul. 17th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Considering I'm a cashier in a huge retailer, a lot of people try to make me feel stupid, since apparently I didn't get the memo that cashiering is only for the lazy and uneducated. I'm getting a thick skin though because I didn't before, and that was bad for my mental health.

What matters mostly is that you know that you're not stupid, but in turn it's their own stupidity that leads them to think otherwise. To be honest, you're really the better man here considering you seek to perform better as an employee and to do your job the right way, whereas they turn it into some competition and abuse what power they have really just to make themselves feel more important and high and mighty and whatnot.

When the time comes, they'll get what's due to them, or you'll give it to them yourself when the opportune moment arrives. In the mean time, I really wouldn't give them the time of day, because their power-hungry egos just aren't worth it.
Jul. 18th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I really can't figure out why people have to go out of their way to be like that. I suppose developing a thick skin is good. I suppose it helps that most people going through your cashier line are probably the more retarded ones.

I hope they get what's due to them, but I doubt I'll be there when it happens. All I can say is that I have a month and a half left!
Jul. 19th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I don't get it either, to be honest. I only see being an asshole when there's a justifiable reason to do so and when you are in the right. Going out of your way to be an asshole, it's one of those mysteries of the universe I guess.

A good suggestion that I've found that works to help ignore how I get treated is, instead of getting mad over the way people treat you, instead use that time to think of better things.

Like gay sex, for example.
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I hear ya, sometimes those little cliques formed in work can kill your morale to be friendly and form relationships with other people. :(
Jul. 18th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and it doesn't help that I work in a small workplace either. Everyone knows everyone else, and I don't connect well with them. :/ The double-standard still kills.
Jul. 19th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Hmmmm, in most cases there are two things to do: ignore and shut out from the drama, or get involved and compromise yourself. ;P Small places suck, especially when people are bored and gossip/smack each other around.
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Jul. 26th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
I probably will ram myself through the remaining month. The workplace is complicated as one of my teachers for next semester works at the clinic. I feel it is bad form to leave because of interpersonal retardation (known as me) possibly causing a sway of her attitude towards me. :/

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