Reddit Discussion: "What Work Moment Made You Go From Proud Employee to "I'm Just Here For the Paycheck"
From Daily Mail:
Most of us have had the odd feeling of disillusionment in a job, but thousands have taken to social media to pinpoint the precise moment they stopped caring at work altogether.
Reddit users have taken to the site to answer the question: 'What work moment made you go from proud employee to "I'm just here for the pay cheque"? - some with shocking stories.
They include a man who suffered a complete lack of empathy from bosses when undergoing cancer treatment, another who wasn't allowed to drink water at work and one person who was told to go to work despite suffering concussion in a road accident which left their grandfather critically injured.
Answering the question, user LBJsPNS wrote: 'When the owners and GM looked at my prostate cancer as a major inconvenience - for them. When they bitched about me being out for cancer surgery - and I'd been out less than two weeks.
'When I was back after two weeks wearing a f****** diaper because I was afraid of losing my job because of cancer. Then they expected me to be concerned whether they made a profit. Yeah, that's likely.'
Equally unsympathetic were Cornelius4129's bosses. The user wrote: 'One day on my way to work I got into a car accident. Car totaled, grandpa - we wasn't sure was going to make it - me possible concussion. I called into my job to explain why I can't come in.
'Their response was unless bones are broken no excuses get to work. From that day forward my job was just a cheque to me. I used to come in early and stay late with no thank yous and them trying to short my pay cheque. From then on no more.'
Forcing one employee to miss part of their grandfather's funeral also had users of the site fuming - especially since it also turned out to be the last time the person saw their grandmother alive.
User bubztwenty7 wrote: 'After seven years of service, going above and beyond my role and pay cheque, volunteering countless hours without claiming for them I asked for two days off for my grandpa's funeral as he lived four hours away and they only gave me one day.
'I had to leave my grandpa's funeral during the service to get back home in time to go to work the next day and the last time I ever saw my grandma was at my grandpa's funeral. She died a few months later. After that I couldn't wait to get out of there.'
Meanwhile, Smooth_Meister complained that their strict bosses wouldn't even allow them the basic human right of hydration.
'I was told I couldn't drink water on the job without a doctor's note.' They wrote. 'Sounds dumb, but as a cashier, it didn't take much to push me over that line.'
Indeed, unscrupulous, uncaring or uninspiring bosses formed the majority of complaints.
In a shocking tale about their previous job, kaces wrote: 'The owner of the company let go of a secretary due to hard times. It's sad but understandable. He then fires her husband who worked the night shift cleaning crew because "I didn't want any retaliation".
'He took away both sources of income from this family at the height of the recession for no reason other than paranoia. The owner would say "we are family here"... sure.'
Meanwhile, Back2Bach, said: 'A change of boss. We went from someone positive and inspiring to work for a dolt without vision or concern for employee morale or motivation.'
Coldlikedeath wrote: 'When the CEO sneered at me: "Should I call your mother, and tell her you can't do your job? No one had bothered to train me and I wasn't getting paid. I took my things and left. Never went back.'
But for max-peck, it was their boss's demands for them to go far beyond the call of duty that made them hate their job.
'When my first job at a grocery store made me literally pick up human feces because someone s*** on the floor of the bathroom. Went from psyched to have a job to I hate everything about this reaaaal quick.'
A near death experience on the job, meanwhile, was the final straw for partridge69.
The user wrote: 'Nearly died from going overboard on a small boat while letting the lines go in stormy conditions. Complained to the safety rep who said an investigation in to the matter would be held. That never happened.'
It was a similar story for mjmandi72, who was told to mix a dangerous concoction of bleach and ammonia to clean up a huge pile of rotten fruit - luckily they knew it could trigger a chemical reaction.
Wages - or the lack of them - was also a big talking point on the thread, with one person even being told they were being paid 'too much' despite being on the minimum wage.
Tank787 said: 'When I got told that my colleague and I already get paid too much when we asked for a little extra... We're currently paid minimum wage.'
A lack of appreciation was also a common complaint.
Csjohnson was appalled that they had been promised a bonus for promoting a 'huge concert' but instead got $10's worth of Applebee's vouchers.
Being overlooked for promotions was another subject that had angered people in employment.
Reddit user nikidilla wrote: 'Was told they'd be hiring someone full time with higher pay to do my exact same job, and I would no longer be qualified. New me apparently wasn't as good as I was. Boss said she "forgot how much was involved with the job"... Well yeah, that's easy to do when you give someone else all the work.'
Meanwhile, a furious retroverted_uterus said: 'I got denied a promotion I was well overdue for because, verbatim: "we just really need to get Stephanie off the sales floor.
'I don't think she's good at her current position and it's just much more complicated to write her up or demote her than it is to move her to a department where I don't have to work with her. But next time you're in line!"
User adirtygerman simply said: 'When the new guy that relies on you to do his job gets promoted.'
Office temperature often forms a big talking point in any workplace, but mysterious_baker said their employer's lack of consideration for air circulation was what left her wanting to throw in the towel.
'I asked for a big a** fan be put in our work area to help circulate air, since we were working in 120 temps with nothing to move the air around,' they wrote.
'I was told it wasn't in the budget to purchase another fan. Two weeks later I found out that not only did no one check the budget or put in a request for said fan, we had two sitting in storage gathering dust.'
Others, like nliausacmmv, just got straight to the point. 'It's usually right around when I clock in,' they wrote.
Another person who is clearly in the wrong profession if their post is anything to go by is NewsiesOnAMission, who perhaps made the most comical entry.
'I work at a gym that hosts child's birthday parties, which should be enough for a "I'm just here for the pay cheque" attitude on its own.
The moment that made me hate that job with every fiber of my being was the day a kid threw up in the bounce house after eating three blue frosted cupcakes. Children continued to play in it and tracked the vomit everywhere.
'After the party left (early, might I add, due to blue puke damage) my manager went into the bounce house to try to clean it. Well, she threw up on top of the blue throw up. I was the only other employee there that day, so guess who got to clean all that? Me. I make minimum wage.'
via The Daily Mail