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JackieO

Making the best out of bad job

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OK many of my colleagues have already jumped ship.

We have a relatively new boss who has literally sucked the life of the department.

No talking, no radio, no flexi, no appreciation, no give and take, no inviting retired colleagues to the Christmas do and get back to work afterwards- a yearly perk was to go home early just once a year.

Everything's no NO NO!!!

Freedom to act has gone. Participation in improving things gone. All suggestions shot down. Mushroom management UP!

Oh and a pay freeze for 10 years.

 

Basically we're professionals treated like staff at Tescos.

 

I'm not in a position to leave at the moment, how can I possibly make the best of a depressing situation?

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Why not put an acorn on your computer, and claim it's your "nature table" and a fertility symbol? I did that, and all the women in the office got pregnant, although it was nothing to do with me.

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Get yourself into a position where you can leave.

 

1 minute ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

Take a dump on thier desk.

In their desk drawer is tidier.

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24 minutes ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

Take a dump on thier desk.

Not possible as she manages from another site. She does sound a tad unreasonable then lol

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Why can't you leave?

I live close to work which makes relatively easy to be around for our 10 year old especially since we do lots of activities with her, jitsu, kick-boxing gymnastics, tennis, climbing etc

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Get yourself into a position where you can leave.

Good advice!

I've been looking to change fields but it would mean a huge paycut which would be quite difficult.

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58 minutes ago, JackieO said:

Not possible as she manages from another site. She does sound a tad unreasonable then lol

I live close to work which makes relatively easy to be around for our 10 year old especially since we do lots of activities with her, jitsu, kick-boxing gymnastics, tennis, climbing etc

Good advice!

I've been looking to change fields but it would mean a huge paycut which would be quite difficult.

Get the kid to take her out :P

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1 hour ago, JackieO said:

Not possible as she manages from another site. She does sound a tad unreasonable then lol

I live close to work which makes relatively easy to be around for our 10 year old especially since we do lots of activities with her, jitsu, kick-boxing gymnastics, tennis, climbing etc

Good advice!

I've been looking to change fields but it would mean a huge paycut which would be quite difficult.

Happiness is more important than money.

[Unless the money is buying you the happiness, in which case carry on...]

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You spend as many, if not more, waking hours at work as at home. I never understand people that stay in a job that they hate.

As an employer, whenever someone that I thought was great left, I managed to replace them with someone even better by looking for a person with matching strengths but not the weaknesses.

As an employee, you have now learned that some things that may seem minor are actually quite important. Use that knowledge to look for somewhere that will make you enjoy your job.

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18 minutes ago, wherebee said:

 Also - sometimes senior management put cunts like that in charge of a department they want to shut down or massively restructure.  They know it will drive loads of people out, which can push down the redundancy costs a load.  Not worth staying through the pain for that.

Had that thought in the back of my mind too - especially with all the changes in office rules which presumable never caused anise with productivity before.

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Ask JFK to have a wee word with your shitty new boss. 

or/and

Get skivey, go for long work poos, fanny about at the coffee machine, sit on dosbods instead of working on your computer, take sickies, that kinda thing.

Apply for loads of jobs too, inc ones you think you won't get. 

Good luck!

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The original under-boss of Tescos in Thailand, 'Nasty' Nigel, decided to branch out, by being the founder, owner and star of an extreme porn website featuring an eclectic array of Thai nationals, some of them, ahem, being, er, fluid gender, use of some strange props and a website name that could have been featured on the delicatessen counter.

I am not suggesting you attempt this idea as a way of making the best of it, but it's food for thought...

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I think the only answer is a mental readjustment, you need to treat it as if you left the old job and have got this as a new job. 

Effectively a mental reset, not easy to do of course and won't actually make the job better but it might make it possible to cope. Can you change the environment in some way i.e. move desk. 

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10 hours ago, Carl Fimble said:

Ask JFK to have a wee word with your shitty new boss. 

or/and

Get skivey, go for long work poos, fanny about at the coffee machine, sit on dosbods instead of working on your computer, take sickies, that kinda thing.

Apply for loads of jobs too, inc ones you think you won't get. 

Good luck!

This!

If an employer really likes you they will take a punt.

I know two people who got really senior jobs.  One man with no experience and one woman with insufficient experience who doubled her pay in taking the job.

They were indeed both lovely people and everyone (initially) liked them very much but, for different reasons but both boiling down to lack of experience, they both ended up being sacked.  Though that's not the message, which is you certainly can be surprised at what jobs you can get; but you only get them if you apply.

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14 hours ago, JackieO said:

No talking, no radio, no flexi

Not possible as she manages from another site. She does sound a tad unreasonable then lol

So how does she know you are doing those things if shes on another site ?.

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On 18/09/2017 at 22:28, wherebee said:

I have a rule of thumb - when the 'cunt' ratio at work becomes noticeable, I start looking for another job.  Most jobs have a certain level of stress, and if you have a low 'cunt' level it's fine, you can take almost anything, but when the 'cunt' ratio gets too high even a low stress event can really stress you out.  Sounds like you have that now with the new boss dialling the 'cuntish' ratio up massively.

It's interesting that you should mention that - because that's exactly the situation that I am in now.

Very small team; just 3 of us including the boss. The boss was a clueless twit, but I got on great with the other guy, we mostly ignored the bullshit orders from above, and just did what actually needed doing.

Then a new guy joins - at first he's really nice, then after 6 months his character flips - he's clearly got mental health issues, he will take offence at anything & become very aggressive.

So I could cope with one twit, no probs. But 2, out of a team of 4? No way Jose. I'm looking for a new job.

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46 minutes ago, DeepLurker said:

It's interesting that you should mention that - because that's exactly the situation that I am in now.

Very small team; just 3 of us including the boss. The boss was a clueless twit, but I got on great with the other guy, we mostly ignored the bullshit orders from above, and just did what actually needed doing.

Then a new guy joins - at first he's really nice, then after 6 months his character flips - he's clearly got mental health issues, he will take offence at anything & become very aggressive.

So I could cope with one twit, no probs. But 2, out of a team of 4? No way Jose. I'm looking for a new job.

Who hired the new guy?

The boss? Why?

 

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