LORD, Take Me Now! Signs You Hate Your Job

February 3, 2012  |  
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We’ve all had to go through some less than glamorous jobs or deal with strenuous work to make it to the next level. Sometimes it helps us figure out what we DON’T want to do, and sometimes we suck it up so that we can get the experience that everyone keeps talking about. But some people don’t put on a happy face. They make it known, whether through conversation or by facial expression, that they HATE their job and every muthalover in the office. These are signs that you thoroughly loathe your job and that’s it’s time to do something about it–quit and find something better or suck it up and quit pouting!

Come in Late, But Leave on Time

You know your job isn’t making you the happiest when you barely feel inclined to walk in the place on time. You don’t necessarily have to be the first one in the building, and of course, everyone has their days when they have extenuating circumstances that cause them to show up late. We get that. However, if everybody else comes in at 9 a.m. and you’ve created a new work time for yourself that starts at 9:30, you’ve got the game all wrong.

Don’t Speak to Too Many People

Aside from your manager, the people you’re paired up with for projects and a few other people who work in your building–you can’t stand your co-workers. Hey, sometimes that happens when you’re at a job you enjoy too. But when you don’t even make an effort to get to know people to come to an accurate conclusion about them, it’s clear you’re not a happy camper. You don’t meet up with the rest of the group for drinks, you don’t stay long during the holiday parties, and when you’re walking down the hall and encounter a co-worker, you keep your eyes down so you don’t have to acknowledge them. A person might not click with their co-workers like that, but they can still be cordial. However, when you hate everything about the place you work at, including the people, it seems you’re not trying to make nice because you don’t want to get attached to anyone–you plan on leaving REALLY soon so there is no point.

Can’t Take Directions/Criticism Well From the Higher Ups

Out of all the things that can make a person mad, you know you’re fed up with your job when you don’t even like people to ask you to do it and do it well. While you might have been more eager and excited to take advice and criticisms from your manager early on, now that you’re pretty sick and tired of your current occupation, you tune out when they try and give you directions. In fact, you’re probably thinking about telling your boss where they can stick those directions…

You Just Dread Going

The alarm went off this morning and you were literally curled up in the fetal position and almost in tears at the prospect of facing your dumb a** peers and your mean a** boss again. Instead of getting up early, or honestly, just getting up with enough time to get dressed so you won’t be late, you woke up at the last minute, stayed in the bed for 15 more minutes and got up five minutes before you were scheduled to be in the office. You feel like a little piece of yourself is dying as you wake up to brush your teeth, and when you finally walk in the place to be, you have nothing to say to anyone. The only time you really pep up is when the hour hits 5 p.m.

Take Extra Long Lunches

And to top it off, you don’t even eat during your lunch! While everyone else is making new connections (or low-key trying to get laid this weekend) in the cafeteria, you’re down the street at a favorite boutique shopping it up and talking mess about everyone in your job on the phone while you look around. Afterwards, you come back an hour later, try and hide what you bought and play as crazy as possible when somebody asks you why you weren’t at your desk for such a long time.

You’re Extremely Bold

Instead of stepping out to talk on the phone or simply not picking up the phone at all while at work, in the quiet office, you decide to pick it up and have an extended conversation about nothing with a friend or boyfriend. You text back and forth for hours on the sales floor at your job, hiding behind clothing racks and office decorations while looking over your shoulder every few minutes. Funniest of all, you’re looking for a new job while at work on the computer they gave you and telling anybody who will listen that when the time comes…you’re “outta” there!

Girl, I know you’re fed up, but you have GOT (that’s right, “got”) to do better…

Ever felt this way about a job you had?

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  • Decosta

    This list is me also. The pay and benefits are good nut the work, my boss, and a co worker make everyday a living he’ll. It’s affecting other areas of my life, too. My physical health and mental health. But it’s fear keeping me there because I have responsibilities and nothing lined up. I’m thinking of going on antidepressants. 6 years is too long being some where you hate.

    • Tkentrunner

      It’s a rat race. I’m Type one diabetic (mid 20’s)  I need the bad health insurance this major retail chain offers.  I wish I could say what company it is, but why take the chance of some _____ Foods acolyte who drank the cool aide and is hired to find rebellious youths who hate their jobs, and lives as a result.  

  • Rebecca

    This is me to the T as well. When I get frustrated with my co-workers or my boss, I just go to the bathroom and collect my thoughts, calm down and also spend a couple of minutes hoping a significant amount of time has past. Every morning I say to myself, “I really don’t feel like going into the office morning”. I’m ready to leave but its the fear of finding something worse and not finding anything at all that prevents me from leaving. I can’t be taking a risk like that with a mortgage and other bills

  • lonestarbelle

    LOL!!! Omg this is me! It feels good to know I’m not the only one going through this. I work at a major insurance company call center, the pay and bonus structure are good. I just can’t deal with the micro-managing and redundancy of the job in general. I’m so done with corporate America!! Sighhhhh

  • Overdig

    I love the ppl I work with, the only issue I have is with my substandard pay.

  • MadameBacchus

    This is me as I type this. I have an stereotypical white lady boss. You’d think having a doctorate degree they’ll know better. I’m trying to make it work but I am ready to walk out! Currently looking for another job.

  • Leilani

    I’m so happy to see others feel the same way I do about my job! The come in late and be the first one to leave is me! It’s weird because I do everything to get there on time but I dread going so much I still end up late. Which is a shame because I walk to work and its only about a 10 minute walk but I never get there ontime! However, I’m the classic straving college student who has bills to pay so I can’t just leave but as soon as this semster is over I’m chuckin the dueces and running away and never looking back!

    • MadameBacchus

      This is me..I walk to work too and always late! I live only 4 mins top from my job. She hates it and I hate her. hehe

  • K.C

    I don’t usually comment, but this article was making me laugh out loud. This was me to a T at my last couple of jobs. I’m still trying to find something else. I love reading these comments. I feel like I’m not alone.  

  • Reapkarma

    LOL!  Time for me to go, rotfl.  Little do they know, I’ll be handing in my letter of resignation on the next pay day.  See if they can unlock their documents…oops, they will but I will have erased all the data. BOOM!!

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  • Mitchell

    Let me start by saying I am truly, without a doubt, 100% blessed to have this problem that we are talking about – Thank you Jesus for blessing me with employment.  

    Now having said that, I can’t STAND my job!!  I’m definitely getting bold with my lack of sincere “caring” about the job. I literally log-in and start looking for another job or another solution that will allow me to quit this evil graveyard job.  I wait until the last possible second to come in.  If I’m a few minutes early, I will wait in my car until the minute i need to go in.  And I do start “cleaning up” hecka early to ensure I am in my car by closing time.  But, I need the money, so in the meantime, I suck it up and collect my checks.

  • Cocolicious

    Oh, this was me. I was bold in doing things knowing that I was being monitored (surfing non-job related sites). I just didn’t care anymore, and that’s not me. Instead of firing me, they had me resign (didn’t want to pay unemployment). If I didn’t resigned they were going to sue me.

    Why did I do it?

    I was looking for a job, constantly. Couldn’t find one. My career path and that job had me where I didn’t really know my worth. It was frustrating, the daily job demands (which I later found out were ludicrous), having no benefits and being paid below market. I was the only black employee in the entire company. It made me angry.

    When I went to look for work afterward, I left that position off of my resume, even though I’d been there for several years. I regret it because I soon was interviewed for a high paying position, that I would have gotten, where one of the managers was someone I worked closely with at the company I resigned from. Leaving the position off of the resume made a negative impression. It made me uncomfortable knowing that I’d left it off and that my former co-worker was interviewing me. As a result, I didn’t interview well, and I didn’t get that position. I actually knew the names of the interviewers before I walked in, however, the 4th person was replaced by my former collegue.

    I would have been better off leaving that job before I approached the point of pure frustration, even though I had no job secured.

    • Mitchell

      I feel your story.  I’m sure it is better to leave before you get to that point, but it’s the fear that makes us stay.

  • No Disrespect

    This was me until I QUIT…never been happier! So very at peace.

  • C Martell75

    Lord, this is mostly me also. Every day it is a struggle to get there. I’ve even told the boss that I hate coming to work and how much a STRUGGLE it is for to get there! I know that sounds cray but I am so there. I pray for something else to come along but so far, nothing! I sometimes even get to thinking that a newer job may not be so much better. I don’t think I’ve ever had a job that I can actually say I’ve loved. So sad.

    • MadameBacchus

      I am with you, I feel the exact same way. dangg

  • Smokie

    This was soooo me – every last one listed. I was thisclose to just telling them “bye y’all” when I was laid off. THANK GOD. I don’t ever plan to return to Corporate America!

  • Phoenix Reign

    They described me to the T!! When I worked for this big insurance company I did #1-7 even going as far as getting my doctor to fill out FMLA paperwork so I’ll have a secure and legit reason to leave early, show up late or not show up at all sometimes. Out of 16 people on my team I was the only one for two years not participating in that god awful secret Santa during the holidays, didn’t do pot lucks and damn sure didnt go to happy hour with them after work.

  • Rachael

    LOL@ the title of this article. This is sooooo true. My last job was so bad that I had to call a friend some mornings just to encourage me to come to work. LOL I loved dealing with my customers, but I couldn’t stand my evil coworkers. I thank God they fired me. I thank God I was able to prove they were some lying creepy God forsaken weirdos, and I thank God for my unemployment. 🙂

  • guest

    I never really talk to anyone at work and that’s been that way with all of my jobs. I’m usually the only black person or only black female, so I see no point in getting to know my co-workers. Besides, they voluntarily share WAY too much without you asking anyway. I am so tired of hearing how sh!t faced someone got over the weekend, or how they are hooking up with so and so in whatever department. TMI! damn!

    • Sugar_Spice

      Same here! All my co workers are very negative so I don’t share anything with them. Then when I’m having a good day, they try to bring me down to their level. Misery loves the hell out of company!

  • Over it

    Sadly that’s me also….Except that I don’t get any extended lunches, I’m still nice to my co-workers and still go out for drinks but while I’m at work(and at home), I’m praying and looking for another job….every single day. Sometimes, I cry before I come to work and I start looking at the clock the minute I go in…sighhhhhh….

    • guest

      Dang…I laughed and then I kinda teared up for you. It isn’t the greatest feeling and it can feel like a damn sinkhole, but having a source of income is probably the only thing that keeps me from losing it at my job.

  • Satinephoenix

    Damn! Am I being watched?!

  • Khjj67

    Wow…. You just described my job! I dread going there sooo badly – can’t believe I’ve been there for 2 years. What a waste 🙁

    • Sugar_Spice

      Just described my job too, I went and got my eyebrows waxed & nails done at lunch & was not stressing about making it back on time.  Although I’ve been looking everyday for a new job, I am very grateful to have a source of income right now.