Post # 1
I came from a fast-paced bakery where I loved everyone I worked with, we were like a family. However, the hours were highly irregular, sometimes as low as 10 hours a week. I only made $9.75/hr.
With a wedding coming up and an apartment with FI soon approaching, I decided I needed a more stable job with better pay. Two weeks ago I started a new job. It’s my first full time job… $16.95 an hour, 40 hours every week, benefits kick in after 5 months, 401k, the whole bit.
The problem is, I completely hate what I do. We sit silently doing data entry and are not to speak to one another. Cell phones are prohibited, as it is a government building with semi-classified information. You will get called into the supervisor’s office if somebody hears you speaking while working.
It seems like data entry would be quite easy, but the doccuments we are entering into the system are not at all straight forward. If you have so much as a comma in the wrong place in an address or a missing number, you are penalized. We are expected to enter a minimum of 13 doccuments/hour, with zero errors. Your weekly error rate must stay below 0.75%
I am very unhappy. My idea of a terrible situation is when I have nothing to look forward to. As of right now, this job provides nothing but a paycheck to me. I know a lot of you are thinking, “QUIT!” or “SUCK IT UP!” but I am just venting here. I wish I could quit and work elsewhere, but it is very difficult to find work that pays well in my area.
I hope it gets better, but I doubt it will… 🙁
Post # 3
That sounds awful, i dont blame you for hating it. In tht situation, just try to do your best and hopefully you can get a promotion quickly. 🙁
Post # 4
I can completely understand why you are miserable in that job, but you are (obviously) making substantially more than what you were making in the other job. Unfortunately, it’s hard to survive off of an unstable, low paying job through adulthood, so sometimes we have to do things we dread doing just to make ends meet. 🙁 It sucks!
My best advice is to try and stick it out at the new job for a little while. Start putting some money away for your wedding and an extra fund just in case. In the meantime, start looking for a new job that would better suit you. Try to use some of the strengths and skills you have learned from working in the bakery. Sitting silently and doing data entry isn’t really an advertiseable skill (LOL), but I’m sure you did something at the bakery that will look great for a better future employer!
Post # 5
That sucks. I’d probably hate that job too. But I’d hate not being able to pay my bills more. So I’d probably do what you’re doing which is stick it out unti you can find something better. Have you let the bakery know that you’d love ot come back if they could pay you better? Otherwise, try to keep an eye out for other opportunities and just get through the job. There are definitely pros to the job – money, benefits, etc. And I bet it’s not the kind of job where you have to work much overtime or take your work home with you – so that’s good. I know it sucks, I’m just trying to find silver linings. Are you a competitive person? Maybe you could turn it into a game where you try to best your own scores? I don’t really have any experience in that kind of work, so I don’t have any other great adivice, but I’m sending well wishes your way!
Post # 6
You can stick it out!
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for other jobs (maybe at bigger bakeries, or like a bakery distribution center?) that might make you happier.
Are you allowed to listen to music in headphones? In my office, when it gets too quiet, I pop my headphones on and listen to science/nerdy podcasts (RadioLab, Nerdist, Star Talk, etc) to help me feel a bit more socialized.
Your new mantra should be: This too shall pass!
Post # 7
@EmieBee4: Actually, I had a job very, very similar to this. I worked in data entry at the tax office for a few months. It was TERRIBLE at first since it was so menial and you couldn’t talk to anyone and at the same time, despite being so basic and repetitive, it was kind of stressful due to all the ‘checking’ of your work. I had no autonomy, you know? Ask if you could bring in some headphones? Either a radio, or a walkman or an older mp3 player, with no internet access, so they can’t be worried about steling data or something? It truly doesn’t hurt to ask. I ended up talking in my ipod everyday and it made it so much more bearable. Just make sure you have lots of variety on there!
Post # 8
@outofideas: That sounds exactly like where I’m currently working. We are allowed to use MP3 players after we meet our quota. I’ll have to do that.
Post # 9
@EmieBee4: Dude. I feel you. I’ve had a LOT of those jobs. I’m currently unemployed and LOOKING for those kinds of jobs but it totally depresses me even thinking about it.
For me, what’s helped is thinking of it as a means to an end. Getting a soul-sucking job will help me have a nicer wedding and after that will fund much nicer date nights with FI and traveling. Maybe you could buy something for your new apartment with each paycheck! Start an amazon wishlist for things and buy something off it every time you get paid. Or reward yourself every week your error rate is below .5%.
Post # 10
@MexiPino: that’s a really good idea, actually.
Post # 11
@EmieBee4: Yes, it really makes a big difference… until you get really sick of all your music haha. In the meantime, keep looking for something else I guess.