The Worst Job

This morning’s “daily post” prompt asks us to write about the job you could never imagine doing.  The more I thought about that question, the more angry I got.  I have had nightmare jobs & unimaginable bosses, but there was never a job I couldn’t image doing.  Maybe that I had not thought enough yet that job wouldn’t occur to me, but never “not” doing.  Not Working has never been an option.

I’ve baby sat, done yard work.  I’ve cleaned houses, I’ve cleaned offices.  Cleaning offices led me to small accounting jobs.  I’ve served ice cream and I’ve sold sheets & linens.  I’ve answered phones and done payroll.  I’ve written copy for a small advertiser and I’ve done home mortgages.  I was hired to do office work but ended up packing electronics.  I’ve made collection calls and i’ve managed large multi-million dollar projects.  I’ve even owned my own business with my sis-in-law.

My worst job wasn’t the one with the boss that hit on me and thought it was okay to show off playboy magazines.  The worst was the silicon valley business that asked me to call the labor department to see how they could officially change work holiday hours so they wouldn’t have to pay their hourly employees a holiday wage.  They fired me and then lied to the labor department that I quit so they wouldn’t have to pay unemployment insurance.

My feeling on bad companies is that they are a lot like bad people.  You may not see them get their “due”, but what goes around always comes around.

Lessons learned from all of those jobs??

  • If it pays the bills, take the offer.  You can always trade up our out in the future.
  • Show up & WORK!!
  • Always do your best job.
  • Always be honest and follow your ethics.
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.  No one is “beneath you”.  period
  • Acknowledge and thank the cleaning lady for keeping the restroom or locker room clean each and every day.
  • If someone gives you too much change you always give it back as they have to “tie” out their register sometime.
  • No one treat’s your business as well as you do.
  • Until you have had to meet your own payroll, don’t complain about the boss.
  • Never, Never, Ever complain about your company in public.  You never know who is listening.

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