Post # 1
I’m looking for a group to share some tips and tricks to make a gloomy office job a little better!
If you’re wanting to add some feedback I’d love to hear about your:
Background about your job:
Why you stay in the job:
What makes the job gloomy:
How you make it more bearable:
Your dream job:
What do you do? Technically my title is marketing but I do office admin tasks as well for a small Canadian company.
Background about your job: I’ve been working in this position for just over a year and it was an opportunity that came up right when the economy crashed so I jumped on it for some finacial security (we had just moved to this city and i needed a job). I’m in a shared office with no window and I have no control over what music is played. This office is the community “dumping” grounds as the lady that I share the office with is everyones “go to” person for problems so I get pulled into it all 😛
Why you stay in the job: Decent money and benefits. Flexible hours, and I like my boss. I’m also planning on going back to school in September of 2017 so I need to hold on until then to save money.
What makes the job gloomy: SO much drama and gossip in my little office. People constantly dump tasks on my desk and pretend that they don’t know how to do them. One of the managers belittles my authority (pretends that we’re buddies face to face and then throws me under the bus for things that aren’t actually my responsibility) or just straight up takes credit for my work. My job position really isn’t clear… I’m marketing but i often have no marketing budget so I can’t do a whole lot with it at times, I’m told to work on projects that never actually happen, and then I get a lot of really random tasks given to me so it often feels very random and unclear which isn’t something i do well with.
How you make it more bearable: I have a “Happy Lamp” on my desk for some extra light. There are about two hours in the morning before my coworker (who controls the radio) comes in so I listen to music that I like. I try and use the randomness of the job to my advantage (like by planning fun office contests, newsletters, and staff BBQs) to keep things more lively. I try my best to stay out of the gossip .
Your dream job: Librarian! Going to school for Library Technician so that’ll get me closer to that dream 🙂
Post # 2
Background about your job: Construction manager, background in civil engineering
Why you stay in the job: Great benefits. I just switched jobs in September, so I’m hoping it will get less gloomy as I adjust.
What makes the job gloomy: I sit in the basement of the building by myself. Literally. All other project managers sit upstairs, downstairs is HR, basement is me and the kitchen and the printers. Also, direct boss does not give me direction or support so I’m still not sure what I’m supposed to be doing!
How you make it more bearable: Trying to make friends with the HR ladies when I can, listening to music and podcasts, surfing Weddingbee when my boss can’t be bothered to give me the information I need to keep working…
Your dream job: Park ranger! Before I took this job I was in environmental engineering, which was much more interesting to me. I realized that what I really want from life is to protect the environment in a more direct way, so I would love to be a park ranger.
Also, OP, I worked at a library through high school and college and loved it. It is a wonderful job, and plus if you’re in the US it’s pretty cushy. Good luck!
Post # 3
Background about your job: Official title is Council secretary. I work in the Clerk of Council office at the city courthouse. I mainly do transcribing but I do get to go to meetings by myself to record and some of the meetings can be interesting.
Why you stay: I’m only a temp right now and once I get hired on permanently it has great benefits and pay. I’m also making really good connections as the Mayor’s office is in my building as well and the Federal courthouse is right across the street. There’s a lot of potential for upward mobility.
What makes the job gloomy: I’m in a shared office and in my own cubicle so it can get pretty lonely. We’re all transcribers as well so most of the time we all have headphones on so theres really no talking or conversation either. It’s just generally super quiet. Also, I’m really young at 22 and most of the other ladies in the whole building are older which can be really cool when I want to hear stories and things about Charleston but it’s hard to connect when I don’t have much in common with them.
How you make it more bearable: So I love being organized and I love bright colors so I’m in the process of bringing in fancy colorful file folders, lots of fun post it notes. I write in bright colors and I’m starting to hang up posters and things on my cubicle walls. I’m also going to be bringing in some flowers for my desk! Flowers make everything better. I’ve only been at this job for a month so far, so there’s still plenty that I can do to just make it a happier enviroment. It also helps that I’m right in the middle of everything in downtown Charleston so I can walk down to the battery on my lunch break and I really just love exploring this city.
Your dream job: I graduated with a degree in experimental psychology and child advocacy. My absolute dream job is to work for S.L.E.D or Homeland Security to combat sex trafficking in the city.
Post # 4
Great benefits have definitely been a theme so far (which makes sense–they’re so important!).
Park Ranger would be a great career! How would you go about getting into that profession?? I also second the WeddingBee surfing 😉 keeps things interesting haha
Flowers is a great idea! I should look into getting a little office succulent or something. Do you mind if I ask what S.L.E.D is??
Post # 5
Not at all! It’s the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division! They conduct statewide investigations and have many different task forces for things like sex trafficking, cyber crime, child abuse, etc.
Post # 6
I work in a networking company in office management.
My family owns it so that’s a big reason why I stay, because my boss is my parents and we all get along great. They are WONDERFUL bosses. And it’s an extra stable income for DH and I, it’s really a good job. Also benefits.
Well I get anxiety from basic things I have to do at my job. I don’t know why, I just do. So that’s a huge reason it’s “gloomy”
We moved into a new office about a year ago and it’s a lot brighter and more open now. Being by a window helps with fresh air and also candles. Nobody is bothered by them and it really helps me relax along with music. Also keep a pic of hubby on my desk to get me through the day 🙂
Dream job is to own a coffee shop/bakery with hubby. or be a photographer. Idk if that will ever happen tho lol
Post # 7
I love this!! Thanks for sharing! I couldn’t deal with the horrible music. Are you allowed to have headphones?
Background about your job: I work for the government in a really interesting agency actually, but most people hate us because we’re a “regulatory” agency so we get people in trouble a lot. I personally work in an administrative position doing all the work noone else wants to do lol. Timekeeping, copies, writing letters, writing memorandums, taking notes at meetings etc…
Why you stay in the job: Because it has extremely flexible hours so I can go to college while working. I also work with a decent group of people, minimal drama here. I also get great benefits and decent pay for what I do.
What makes the job gloomy: Sometimes I feel like the office “bitch” They just assume I will do anything they want me to at anytime no matter what and I”m really bad at saying “no” so I get swamped with duties constantly. Not to mention my boss is kind of a jerk. He always has me train with people telling me he is going to promote me into their job then is like… ohhh nevermind we decided we can’t hire this position again because blah blah blah but now that you know how to do the job, you can take on the duties without a pay raise… yayyyyy…not
How you make it more bearable: My mom works with me so that helps. We go get coffee or walk the long way to go get water. I try to go on a walk a day too just around the building to relieve some stress and my fiance calls me at lunch every day which is amazing because he can always make me smile.
Your dream job: Medical laboratory scientiest. I’m in school for it now and I cannot wait until I can be in a small quiet lab all by myself with some microbes!!
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Post # 7
Fellow SC girl here! *waves*
Background about your job: I am a paralegal working for a relatively small law firm. I have been here for nearly six years (ugh).
Why you stay in the job: I haven’t found something better yet! I just graduated with my bachelor’s degree over the summer so I’m hoping that will open a few more doors for me.
What makes the job gloomy: Where do I begin? The paralegals here are so overworked and underpaid. Some hate each other and bicker all day long. My commute is a ridiculous (1 hour one way). Management is non-existent and make terrible decisions always. I could go on…
How you make it more bearable: DH and I started our own business a few months ago and I’ve cut back on my hours at my main job. That’s literally the only reason it is more bearable lol
Your dream job: To work for myself! I would love to open a breakfast and coffee bar in the near future 🙂
Post # 8
Background: Official title is “Sr. Assistant” but I actually manage an office of 80+ people (the boss just can’t give me the title of office manager since it doesn’t exist in the corporate job structure here). Been here for 7 years.
Why I stay: No other companys out there will pay me what I need to make (I am at the top of my pay grade for this position), and the benefits are good.
What makes it gloomy: sometimes people think they can walk all over me because I am the assistant…but they find out pretty quick that you don’t wanna piss off the admin.
How to make it bearable: chocolate. lots of chocolate.
Dream job: gave up on that a very long time ago…
Post # 9
oh wow! That sounds like it could be a really rewarding career 😀
The anxiety sounds tough :/ Do you do any sort of anxiety relief activities at home?
Love the idea of having a pic of hubby on the desk! Mine is a really old one maybe I should update it with something more current haha
That’s a long commute 🙁 Hopefully you’ve got some good music or audiobooks to make it go a little “quicker!” What kind of business do you and your husband run??
Post # 10
Why you stay in the job: Pay my bills, nothing more nothing less
What makes the job gloomy: Everything, but I ignore it, because I’m currently too lazy to look for anything in the meanwhile
How you make it more bearable: I accept that it is what it is, and until I decide to change it why complain. I surf the net, work on my personal projects on my down time.
Post # 11
Background of your job: Marketing and proposal coordination for a civil engineering firm. Also some assistant work that’s not in my job description, but I’m eager to be busy and helpful. I’ve been here almost a year after graduating from college in 2015.
Why you stay in your job: I have yet to find a job that pays comparably, even though recruiters reach out to me fairly often. There are also great benefits and the office is 10 minutes away from my house.
What makes it gloomy: I feel severely underutilized, which makes me feel susceptible to getting laid off. I’m also the youngest in my office, so I don’t have much in common with my coworkers. The election also made things awkward, but I’m hopeful that will die down.
How to make it bearable: I’m on my phone way too much. I also work on personal projects almost every day – I’ve communicated with vendors and designed bridesmaid cards, save the dates, etc. It’s honestly nice to have the time to plan the wedding, but I feel so guilty and would much rather have enough work to do to keep me occupied.
Dream job: I graduated with 2 degrees – music and marketing. I would love to be a professional musical theater performer, but I don’t have the drive or body type for it. Within the realm of realism, I’d like a job that would let me utilize more of my digital marketing background.
Post # 12
I already have a relevant degree, which is the first step, so I would have to completely switch fields, gain entry level experience, and then pass some aptitude exams to become eligible to even apply to be a park ranger.
Starting your own business is incredible! I’m awed by your confidence. Best of luck!