I heard someone say – or read somewhere, I can’t remember – that most work problems have nothing to do with the job, the work, but with the people. I am here to totally agree with and testify to that!
If you’ve been reading for a minute, then you know I was fired from my last job when my new boss basically decided that she didn’t like me. Sure, that’s not the reason given on my pink slip, but that’s what it was. Anyhoo, fast forward to October 2008.
My boss called us all (administrative support) in last week, read us the riot act, told us that we were not behaving or working in a manner that positively represents us as administrative professionals, and that we’re all “on notice.” Here we go again. We were told that we are turning in low quality work with poor grammar, missing deadlines, and displaying cavalier attitudes. Now, I know I don’t do low quality work – period. I am no grammar queen, but I work for a woman who probably doesn’t even know how to spell grammar, and I double, even triple check every thing I turn in to her. Now the cavalier attitude? That one was probably meant for me. I don’t like being here, and it is a daily struggle for me to pretend that I do. But I think that on most days I pull off the front rather well. Anyhoo, now she’s walking around talking about we don’t “act” like we want to be here and that layoffs are probably around the corner.
Y’all – I am tired of this. I don’t think that everything she said was directed toward me, but I can’t help but to doubt myself when it comes to my professional life. I am never called to task for my work, but my attitude. Thing is I don’t think I have a bad attitude. I admit that I have a nonchalant attitude, I’m not an ass kisser (pardon my french), not good with the whole schmoozing thing. If I like you, I like you. If I don’t, well then I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I talk crazy (no matter how much I want to), am insubordinate or any of that jazz. I’m just not a good fronter. A non-fronter that does good work.
Do you all experience this at work? Are you naturally bubbly (I’m not, in case you couldn’t tell). Are you a supervisor? What do you think about employees that don’t walk around cheesing all of the time? Do you think they hate their jobs? Do you think they hate you? Do you accept it as part of their personality and know that it has nothing to do with you?
I can’t help but think that I am continuing to go through this because I haven’t yet “gotten it,” I haven’t learned my lesson. I’ve prayed about it. I pretend – to the best of my abilities – that I like it here. I get along with all of my coworkers – administrative staff, nurses, most of the doctors. I always seem to have problems with my supervisors.
Any words of advice or wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!