(Closed) I just realized there is no point to my job.

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Hostess
18624 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you aren’t doing anything!  Is there any way that you can talk to your boss about taking on more responsibilities?  Do you have coworkers you can ask if they need some help with anything?  I don’t know about your office, but a lot of places won’t look too kindly on someone who doesn’t have a lot to do, especially in this economy.

Post # 4
Member
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You just described my job too.  There are days that I’m super busy, but most days I’m just bored.  It’s not my dream job and I don’t see myself staying here forever but it was great during wedding planning, will be really easy and low-key when I’m pregnant,  I make good money and have generous benefits, so as long as the boss is happy, I will figure out how to spend my days. 

Thank goodness for the bee and the 8000 other blogs I read! 

Post # 5
Member
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Sorry to hear that :(. My job can get really boring at times (its super slowwww during the summer), however, I don’t know what’d I’d do if my job was pointless every day. Hopefully you keep your WB account really anonymous… what if one of your co-workers or managers happened to read this? It would be really hard for you to get another job if they found out you felt like your current position had no point.

Is there something else you could do? Just say oh its a slow week, could I do a report or something? That way you’re not saying you’re job is always boring, but just asking for something to do. Then, you can say that ohh that report I did last week doesn’t cut into my other work, so could I do another one? Say you like to learn new things so would love more opportunities within the company. Hopefully you’re not bored soon… makes the days go by soooo slow!

Post # 6
Member
303 posts
Helper bee

Oh, I hear ya…

Sometimes, I’m really really really busy, but then there are looooong stretches in between where I am bored stupid. The bad thing is that I work in a very small office, only 3 other people (one is the boss, another is his wife), so I have to look like I’m doing something all the time. Seriously, it’s amazing how busy an excel spreadsheet can make you look…

Post # 7
Member
1104 posts
Bumble bee

Oh yes, I’ve been there! For the past 13 months, actually. For the 6 months or so before my wedding I thought this is ok, lots of time for wedding planning and running errands in the middle of the day. Once the wedding’s over I’ll get something else. So come January I start talking to people I know around the department, saying I’m interested in moving. Nothing for a month and then 3 offers in a week. I accept one only to be told by my boss that they won’t let me move. 6 months later and I’m still there…I had a rubbish first 6 months due to nothing to do and have had another rubbish 6 months due to them not letting me leave and therefore losing whatever motivation I had left (which wasn’t much). Now we’ve had budget cuts and there’s a recruitment freeze, so there’s still not much hope of leaving. On the plus though I interviewed for a whole other department last week. It’s my last hope before I go completely insane!

Seriously, I know nurses and teachers are totally underpaid and undervalued…but at least they are busy and know they are making a difference! I am ridiculously overpaid and underchallenged and it sucks the life out of you. I feel your pain!!

Post # 8
Member
999 posts
Busy bee

My job can be like that to. There are some days where we are super busy and some days super slow, well for me at least. Mainly because I haven’t had any training or classes for loans yet at the credit union. I have just started this job 2 months ago. So lately I just go to the busiest ones in the office and see what I can help them with because I know they are always super busy.

Post # 9
Member
30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m with you hunny!  I work for the government, and jobs are super, uber defined, so there’s no way to be creative or addt o my responsibilities.  Probably 4 out of 5 days of the week I just sit at my desk with nothing to do (or else I somehow manage to make 5 minutes of work last me 8 hours, lol).  Enough of that!  I was planning to leave in October, but I’ve actually decided to leave today.  I got a new job offer two weeks ago, and although that’s not my dream job, and it won’t have nearly the benefits of the government job, I’m going for it!  I agree…after paying for a 4 year degree and working on my master’s I feel like I should be allowed to use my brain at work!!!

Post # 10
Member
683 posts
Busy bee

Welcome to my life.

I just try to be thankful that I even HAVE a job- but it’s tough.

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