i suck at my job (long but i need advice)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013


Can you talk to a trusted supervisor/coworker who might know what you need to improve on or give you some tips? If you’re open to constructive criticism, it may help. It took me over a year to feel comfortable in my job.. and yeah, it’s painful. I’ve been there. I’m still not awesome at some stuff, but no one is great at everything. 

Are you making the same mistakes twice? If you are, you need to reflect on why you’re doing that. If you’re not, then you can’t expect that you will be great at stuff you do for the very first time. No one is. What do your successful coworkers do differently?

I don’t think you should throw the towel in just yet.

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Stace126:  Aww, you poor thing!

My DH works as a supervisor, but his employees do something very similar to what you do!

And I can tell you–It’s not just you. ALL of his employees occasionally have “below 80” months (Where CSS is below 80%). And he has employees from 6 months to 25 YEARS of experience! Some times customers are cranky, and sometimes they’re great.

And my DH has the 4th highest results in the region!(So it’s not like his people get shitty results. They’re still WAY above average, even when they’re “below standard”!)

So I wouldn’t worry–but if you’re concerned, schedule a meeting with your manager/supervisor. They should be able to take some time to talk to you about your results and how you can make them better.

And there’s NO SHAME in needing extra help–My DH GREATLY prefers employees that talk to him over those that go quietly miserable and then surprise quit on them because they hate it so much!

Post # 5
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

Have you ever thought of attending school for an online degree while toughing it out at your current job or even looking for something a little bit less stressful? It’s hard to figure out what to go for, and I still struggle with that everyday even though I’m a junior in my current program. Most people will never know what they want to be doing 100% in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, so I am going for something general that will help me get a foot in the door for as many different jobs as possible. Have you ever considered something like business or another general degree?

Post # 6
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Stace126:  i dont think anyone really loves their job (or at least i dont know of anyone who does lol). If the pay is ok, the company is satisfied with your work and youre getting benefits, i wouldnt stress it. If you were really horrible they wouldnt have kept you around so long! The economy is too weak (at least where im from) to be too picky about a job with no degree or credentials. My fi has been laid off for 7 months now and is having a hard time because he doesnt have any real credentials or experience outside of manual labour. His options right now are looking like retail, or fast food. We’re hoping he can find something in a factory With some benefits and job security, but I’m starting to think it wont happen before his unemplyment runs out.

dont go back to school unless you have a solid plan. I’ve been doing post secondary schooling for 6 and a half years now, and it just seems like a big scam. Im fortunate im now in a graduate program that will lead to meaningful employment, but I’ve found that alot of college and undergrad courses dont really get you anywhere except in a truck full of student debt…

Post # 7
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@canarydiamond:  +1 and 

@BrandNewBride:  +1 

Ask for coaching. No one can fault you for asking how you can improve. As a manager, I’d be impressed if one of my girls came to me with a performance issue she recognized before I had to bring it to her attention. 

If they felt you were underperforming, you’d be on a performance plan or fired. I understand you’re feeling badly today, but your manager must not think you “suck at your job” as you say. Have any issues been brought to your attention?

Post # 9
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It sounds like you haven’t received overwhelmingly great feedback, but you may be harder on yourself than your supervisors are.  You have only been there a year and you like the people, so maybe try not to be so hard on yourself.  What if things continued like this for a while, would you be ok with that?  Your reviews aren’t great but you are learning, kind of like getting B-‘s in school (I’m not trying to be snarky at all, just compare situations)… Yes you could probably do some things better but overall sounds like a good job.  I have been in this situation and once I got used to not being the best, it was ok.  And then I surprised myself by getting better after a few years.  It just took me longer than some others.

Post # 10
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If they tell you to use your best judgement, but then say you should have done something else, ask (and write down) exactly what you should have done.  “I see this was scored low, can you tell me what would have been better to do in that situation, or what you personally would have done?”.  If they can’t come up with anything I’d be a little annoyed!  Sadly when you’re dealing with customers/clients it seems like sometimes you just take flack because the cusomers/clients are really difficult and it all rolls down hill as the saying goes.

I’ve worked in a couple jobs for more than a year where one off situations come up rarely, and there wasn’t really a clear source of finding information easily.

The first time I was a giant stress ball.  Scrambling for info, hoping I did something correctly.  Management there sucked which didn’t help.

The second time I started keeping notes of situations, or cheat sheets of info I needed often enough I found myself thinking “I’ve had to hunt to find this before, I’m noting it somewhere I can easily find.” or if the info was likely to change I’d note the link of where to find it.  First in Excel, then OneNote for more complicated things, but anything you can use search (Control+F) will work even Notepad (though I don’t recommend it).  My favorite is Excel, since you have have rows and columns, and can have multiple tabs and keep a ton of info in one place.  So you could have rows:  State, County, code, etc… and either search or sort data as needed to find a code quickly.  Or for situations have Detail 1, Detail 2, What to do or where to find what to do.  You can put links to files or websites, change colors, all sorts of stuff to make life easier.

OneNote is neat, but kind of awkward, it seems to do really well in some cases but mostly feels like a teenager in the middle of an identity crisis… I usually feel like I can’t wait til it grows up to it’s full potential  :). 

Being mildly ADD, and not liking the way meds made me feel… I’m useless if I’m not organized :).  But everywhere I’ve worked is amazed at the way I make cheat sheets and track data.  Sometimes you really can turn a negative into a positive!

Whatever you do I hope you find what works so you’re not so stressed out and feeling down about your performance.  🙁  I’ve been there and it’s miserable.  I do feel you wouldn’t be there a year if they really thought you sucked at your job!  But I’m sure if you feel you could be better you probably could make some improvements, if nothing else to make your life easier and less stressed.  Good luck!

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