If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’ve been struggling at work with being underpaid, underappreciated and overworked. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t worked in the “real world” for a couple of years or if I’m just one of those people who is super entitled (I don’t think this is it, but maybe) or if I really am being slighted at my job. But I guess in the long run, it doesn’t matter what the reason is and if it’s real or imaginary, all that matters is how it’s making me feel. And the way it’s making me feel is like a whole lotta “fuck this shit.”
I try really hard to have a great attitude at work. And I do when it comes to the guests (I work in hospitality). But over the last week or so, I’ve found more and more that management just really doesn’t care about what I have going on outside of work and what they promised vs what I promised when we agreed that I would work there.
We had a situation where they asked me to work from 3-11 and then come back in from 7-3. I’m a team player. I could do it once. But it was hard. It actually sucked a whole lot. So the next day, I told them that I would not be able to do that back to back again. The following day, they asked me to do it again. Of course, I said no. I said I could do 3-11 and then come in at 9 am the next day after I got my workout in and my sleep. And then I went home for the night.
When I got back to work, they had completely changed my schedule due to some “unforeseen circumstances.” Not only did they put me on the schedule to do a back to back that I had specifically asked not to do again, they also took one of my off days away, which meant I worked 6 days straight (and not even in the same pay week so no overtime). I’m not normally a complainer about work – or anything really. I’m normally really grateful to even have a job, but I live in a beach town where jobs are a dime a dozen. I can walk out of this resort and get a job at any of the hundreds of resorts on this strip. I haven’t yet, because I also realize that the grass is not greener on the other side and there are probably lots of establishments that have management that just don’t give two shits about their employees. Actually, I’ve worked at many many places where that is the exact scenario.
So I’m not actually sure why I am so “shocked” that this is the same as every other job I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s because when I was hired it was all roses, sunshine, and “we are a family.” Well, that’s kind of true, because family usually takes advantage of you before anyone else.
What I don’t get is why management fail to realize that without us petty front desk workers and the ones who actually do the work and solve the problems, without us, they would have to actually work.
And I get it, I’ve worked in management before. It’s not always easy. But you have to know that without your staff, everything falls apart unless you want to work yourself to death to make it look like it’s all running smooth. And as a manager, I’ve done exactly that while trying to get a business back up and running from falling apart from previous terrible management.
Needless to say, I’ve had a really terrible attitude about even going back to work today.
I did it.
I clocked in.
I’m doing my job.
And before you say I should be working and not blogging, that is one of the only perks of the job, they do give us permission to read, or be on the computer, or our phones if we are not busy, and it’s Sunday, so it’s not that busy.
I guess what I’m saying is that if you are in management, don’t be a dick. Don’t assume that you can change an employees schedule just because you’ve got a note on the bottom that says “schedule subject to change.” Maybe check to see if your employee had plans that they needed to change or even could change. Perhaps when you say if they work you will “insert promise here,” that you actually do what you said you would do when you were desperate for someone to cover a shift the day before. And maybe, just maybe, pay them what they are worth and don’t expect them to just be “happy to have a job.”
Ok. Rant over.
This will be my only “complaining” blog. I think I’m just going to take my frustrations over to the anti-work reddit platform and get it all out of my system.
And I guess, I’ll go ahead and play that lottery (just in case).