What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
The first thing that comes to mind is various retail, fast food, call centers, and other customer service jobs where people have to deal with abuse from customers, and often managers, for low wages.
MY worst job was working at a tire warehouse as a temp employee. I made a whole post about it here. What made it bad was the long days of manual labor putting studs in tires with pneumatic guns that didn’t work well, then a month of wandering the warehouse, pretending to busy, and often lifting very heavy tires into stacks, for low pay as a temp. job. It sucked.
Let’s look at some other answers via reddit polls:
Gross. So the worst jobs can typically be categorized as the ones with the worst customers, worst managers, bad for mental health, tough working conditions, or just gross.
On another note, why are there so many managers with personalities that are so cruel? I had a manager that believed people learn better when beaten through fear or abuse, because it sticks with you. All this made me do was want to cover my tracks better, never approach him for anything and go to, like, everyone else first when I needed something. I hated that job and glad I’m not there anymore. Once things got tense that one time, they were never the same. A manager or coworker can’t be super rude and then expect us to just forget that ever happened and go back to normal. Maybe if there was some kind of apology and change, but that practically never happens, does it?
In another story shared online, someone requested to time off to leave early a long time ago, which was approved, but when the time came for them to leave, as requested, managers made a big deal out of it:
“The manager says, ‘Well hang on, let's go find (other manager's name) and talk to him.’ I remember thinking to myself how stupid and unnecessary this was. He took me across the warehouse to find some dude I've never met. So, I tell this guy that I will be leaving early today for my daughter's birthday at whatever time. Didn't have to include the reason, but just did because why the heck not. He gives an exaggerated sigh, then stares at his watch for some random reason and acts like this is the biggest inconvenience of his life! It was all for show, and I don't know why.”
Continuing on with the theme of management being unreasonable for no good reason, the following story was shared:
“One day, our machine that taped the boxes malfunctioned and we didn't notice at first. A box made its way down the line and the item fell out of the box. A guy came down to me and said, ‘If this happens again, we're gonna have a problem.’ He looked like a redneck Andy Bernard from The Office. Like, really cool dude. That's something to get that upset over, a two-pound item falling from a box. We all took our lunch break at the same time, 30 minutes. Coming out the rest room during one break, a manager started rushing me to get back on the floor. ‘COME ON MAN, NEED YOU BACK OUT THERE.’ I had 5 minutes. Everyone had 5 minutes. He knew what time it was. It was so unnecessary and stupid.”
When I first had the idea to look into this topic, I guess I was expecting…more. More unusual, more crazy stories, more outlandish behaviors or difficult tasks or something, but reading through a lot of these felt like job experiences many of us have had and can relate to. It’s sad that many hardships don’t have to exit, but people gotta be people doing things people do for some reason.
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