Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things You Don’t Like About Your Job

Since I’m trying to cultivate more positivity in my life, and particularly as far as work’s concerned, I wasn’t sure I was going to write for this week’s topic. But it’s too hard not to. As usual for me, this isn’t in any particular order.

  1. The commute – but I haven’t yet found similar work I can do closer to home
  2. The perpetual sense of crisis
  3. The pervasive low-level anxiety
  4. The way it seems that no one really knows what anyone else does
  5. The way it seems like no one really wants to learn what anyone else does
  6. The territoriality of some departments
  7. The hoarding of information
  8. The cliquishness
  9. The difficulty in getting people to follow proper procedures and channels
  10. The seeming lack of interest in knowing what the procedures actually are, or should be

Sheesh, this is depressing. It’s not the work itself, it’s the culture, apparently. Why do I work here again?

Well, next week’s Ten on Tuesday will be the opposite of this week’s, but I feel the need to get a headstart on it now and counteract all this unpleasantness with a special edition of Today’s “Gratitude 5” – Things I Appreciate About My Job:

  1. My boss, who pretty much “gets it”
  2. My departmental coworkers, who work hard and do their best
  3. My work itself, which still holds my interest most of the time
  4. The relative stability of our agency (read: job security, or as much as can be expected these days)
  5. Working in the nonprofit sector, even though what I do doesn’t directly serve anyone

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  • Good list. (Or should I say, “Bad list.”) Sounds a lot like junior high, but most jobs do.

  • Seems to me this is a place where being an introvert will stand you in good stead!

  • It’s really not as bad as I make it sound, I swear! And I don’t have to deal with all the nonsense all the time. But it’s a children’s-services agency, and some days it’s like the children are the ones who work here.