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My job is stressing me out!!

by Diane
(Denver, Colorado)

My job drives me crazy. I try to make it as good as I can, but I still just can’t stand going to work. The biggest reason I think is because my work stays the same, week after week, month after month, year after year. Also because I work for some people that I don’t have a lot of respect for, after I’ve seen their moral compass go astray, and I’ve paid the price. For example, when I was in management, my new supervisor called me, all excited because she’d just had a great idea – she said she’d hired a management coach for another one of her employees who wasn’t doing so great and needed some help, and would I be interested in spending some time with that management coach myself, to see if I could pick up any tips or tricks that might help me in my career? She went on to say that this had nothing to do with my performance because she was happy with the work that I did, she just wanted to share this opportunity with me. So I said sure, I’d like that, that would be great. I never did get to spend any time with that management coach. I emailed her several times, and we talked on the phone once while she asked me what I’d like to get some help with, and then I never heard from her again. I let my manager know I couldn’t reach her, only to find out that her contract was over and she’d been let go. Later that year, I stepped down from management because I could not ever seem to please my new manager (after seven years of getting glowing reviews from others in her position), and on my performance appraisal that year she gave me a low score, indicating that she’d hired a managing consultant to work with me because of my poor performance. An outright lie, to make herself look better, when it wasn’t even needed. That lie cost me about $12,000 in bonus money, my reputation at the company, and my pride, because I can’t afford to leave this job without it hurting my family financially, and I can’t make my current salary at another company. So, I am in my 4th year of doing the exact same thing, no longer in management, working for people I don’t trust or like.

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