10 Reasons Why Going to Work Stinks

Work, Work, Work

Work is that place we go to 5 days a week (more or less) just to get a paycheck and pay our bills. Sure, there are some fun moments, like when you go to lunch and stuff. Work can be a tiresome place to go to each day.

Why do we work 5 days a week and only have off 2 days a week? Why not switch that around? If I only had to show up 2 days a week, I would be totally more productive. Also, how about nap time? Why is that so frowned upon at my desk?

We need to seriously evaluate work and what is going on there. If we are going to spend 40 hours a week or more at one place, then shouldn't we enjoy being there?  If so, how can we achieve this?  Of course, I don't have any real answers.  Sorry if you were looking for some.  In the meantime, here is a fun list of why going to work stinks.

1 - Showing Up

It's Monday morning and the alarm clock will not stop ringing. It is just so unfair. You've got to get up and go to work. You've got to be there at 8 in the morning. Who ever thought that was a good idea? 10 AM or 11 AM seems like a much nicer idea. So, you hit the snooze button a few more times. What can it hurt? If you show up at all, better late than never, right?  Rolling out of a nice warm bed before the sun is up just seems like such torture.  What did you ever do to deserve such a thing?

2 - Getting Dressed

It is bad enough you have to get out of bed to begin with, but now you are expected to get dressed, too? Man, this job is really demanding. No fuzzy slippers and pjs to work? What kind of crap is this?

3 - Working at Work

So you finally get to work - yes, on time. Now what? You have to work now? Is it not bad enough you had to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, but now you are actually expected to be productive? This day really does not seem like it can get much worse. Now what? Are they going to expect you to stay there the whole day now? 

4 - Eight Hour Work Day

You're kidding, right? So now, you've got to be at work all day when you could be doing something more fun, you actually have to work and be a "team player" while at work, and you are expected to be there 8 hours? What? Does that include the lunch break? It doesn't! So really, it is 9 hours! You are going to be there until 5 or possibly longer. WHAT? Who invented this?  There must be a better way. 

5 - Co-workers

So now, you have to be nice to the people around you. All day. You have to laugh at their jokes, participate in whatever you are being told to do, and be a team player with them. There will be plenty of times when you are fixing their mistakes. Sometimes you wonder if they only show up just to ruin your day.

What is up with these people? Are they out to ruin you? Now, you can't even take a nap at your desk because there are too many people around and someone will tell on you.

6 - No Nap Time

Why are adults so anti-naptime? Maybe people would be more willing to work and they could be more productive if they got to take a nap. Perhaps you can take a nap on your lunch break, but people tend to look at you funny if they catch you curled up in a ball in the corner of the staff kitchen.

7 - Meetings

As if everything had not been bad enough, now you are called into a meeting. This meeting will probably distract you from the real work you were just trying to accomplish at your desk. Chances are, the meeting is to discuss even more job duties and more job strategies. Awesome. Who wouldn't love being even busier at work? Why not just add a few more hours to the work day while we're at it.

To top it all off, you still never got your nap, but you are expected to sit and look alert for an hour or two. That is next to impossible. Pull out your notebook and start doodling some pictures because you are going to be there for a long, long time.

8 - Phone

Why won't that ever stop ringing? So many co-workers and customers constantly calling and asking questions. Half of the questions have nothing to do with you, but the phone still keeps ringing. One of these days, the phone line will go down and it will be the greatest work day ever, but until then, stop everything you are doing and pick up that damn ringing phone.

9 - Technology

Why are all the computers, copiers, and printers all out to get you in the office? Why doesn't the printer ever just print? It has just one job duty and it can't even do that. If you only had one job duty and you did not know how to do it correctly, you would be fired. Why does the crappy printer get to stay? It even has the word "print" in it's name. Why does it never print?

By the way, it is never really jammed. I am convinced it just says that. Printers do not really jam, they were just put on this planet to annoy us all. 

10 - Customers

Oh, those pesky customers! They are always walking in and asking stuff. They are always calling and questioning things. They are just so needy.  Imagine where we would be without them?  It would be so relaxing and wonderful... but oh wait, no one would have a job. 

Oh, those interesting customers.  Aren't they lovely?  They always have such great ideas and they are so friendly.  What's not to love?

The End is Here!

Finally, the end of the day comes and you've survived another work day. Good for you! The worst is surely behind you. Except that you have to come back to work tomorrow... and the day after... and the day after that... and the day after that.

Someone seriously needs to reconsider this Monday through Friday work week thing. And if you are lucky enough not to work or to have a flexible schedule, treasure it everyday! Some of us don't have those options.

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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

You also forgot the bit where after all your hard efforts , the family that has been on the social for the last ten years has just come back from a day out sight seeing!!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Oh no! That is terrible! I am sorry about that. There are so many little things that are aggravating about work. I need to win the lottery!

Thanks for your comment!


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rontlog 5 years ago from England

Thank you for that - Hilarious!

The way we work is definately unnatural.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for the comment. Yes, working is not really the most natural thing ever, is it?


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imalf 5 years ago

If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. Oh yeah, and that lottery thing would be alright too, but you might still do what you love! Thanks for the funny article now I need a nap.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am so glad you got the main point of the hub - needing a nap! I think if I could just get some naptime at work, everything could be OK. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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TinaTango 5 years ago

loved this article very much! Every thing was very true and humorous!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you for the comment. I was trying to make it light hearted and silly, and hopefully I achieved that.


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

LOL I loved this part: "As if everything had not been bad enough, now you are called into a meeting. This meeting will probably distract you from the real work you were just trying to accomplish at your desk".

I always hated meetings. They were either a chance to add more work, as you mentioned, or one big gossip fest. Because I really wanted to hear how my boss hates children and never wants any or her sidekick hates her husband while I was stuck in a "mandatory" meeting.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes! I am glad you understand what I am saying. If you really look at how ridiculous work can be, it is a surprise we keep these traditions. Thanks for the comment!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well I don't go to work anymore .... I just stay home and browse through your fascinating selection of hubs - and guess what - work did call the other day - and said you're fired!!!!! And I said - "fine, I much prefer Jeannieinabottle's hubs anyway - because if I play my cards right - she may give me 3 wishes" ......


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Ummm... thanks for the dedication to reading my hubs. Jobs are no fun anyway.


TimBryce 5 years ago

Jeannie -

Surely you're kidding about all this, right? If I interpret this any other way it would suggest to me you are more concerned about watching the clock as opposed to delivering your work product; that work is not a natural extension of your life; that you would prefer to be a ward of the state as opposed to a player. Say it ain't so.

All the Best,

Tim Bryce


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hopefully your comment was kidding, too. Obviously this is intended to be lighthearted and taking a jab at work traditions. Thanks for the comment though.


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Congrats! Your hub has been posted on the HubPages Facebook page. Well deserved!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you! It is very exciting. I am also on the Hubpages home page and I've never been before. I've always wanted that honor. I wish I knew who to thank.


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dejahoo 5 years ago from Georgetown, TX

Thanks for saying what we all thought. I also think about all those kids in college that are building insurmountable debt and are lucky if they can find a job in their field doing what they want. Pushing paper 8 hours a day is not very satisfying to say the least. I think I'll just garden for a living (in the basement of all places). Cheers


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for reading my hub! I am glad you liked it. I do feel most sorry for anyone in college now. You basically have to have degree to get anywhere, but then where is there to go now when you're done? Sigh. Thanks for the comment.


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lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

Couldn't agree more!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for the comment!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

don't miss it a bit! Great hub.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Congrats on that! One of these days, I want to do what you do and write w/o going to an office. One day I will get there!


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SJKSJK 5 years ago from delray beach, florida

I worked most of my life. Then I retired and found I needed to work. The thought of getting up early again, getting dresses, rushing to work, not being able to make phone calls, and all of the rest made me sick. So, I got a job working at home. LOVE IT.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Good for you! I don't mind working hard; it really is all the annoying things that go along with it. Thanks for the comment!


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NurseNick 5 years ago from Tehachapi, CA

Great article! I've often threatened to move to Europe to enjoy a higher quality of life by drinking vino during my 3 hour lunch break and actually taking the month of vacation per year that is commonplace there. I'm with ya sister! Too bad the money comes in so handy for most of us :)


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I had no idea I could be enjoying a 3 hour lunch break in Europe. Obviously, I am in the wrong country, too. Thank you for sharing that with me. If there was ever a reason to move, I think that is one of them.


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Mother Nurture 5 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

Most of us who work all day away from home concur with your findings. I'm pushing almost 9 years at my current job and every day I go back and forth between the pros and cons. It pays the bills, so I need to find a replacement income. In the meantime, I'll write and enjoy articles like this one here. Nice job.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for the comment! I feel the same way. I can write articles on here and enjoy doing things my way. It is that whole pesky working full-time thing that I can't control - for now.


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tcfsu 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Loved reading this article! Great job


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MsQuestion 5 years ago from New Jersey

Did you see the movie Office Space? That sums up the work day in an office cubicle pretty well, too! Love those old pictures you got your hands on! Funny, funny....


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

tcfsu - Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

MsQuestion - Yes, sometimes I feel my life is too much like Office Space. I am glad you mentioned the pictures. I have a bunch of old CD-Roms full of free stock photos. Many of the photos are timeless, but not the photos of people. I think they are so funny, so I use them anyway. Thanks for noticing!


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CennyWenny 5 years ago from Washington

Ugg, thanks for writing what I've been feeling! Work used to be ok, but since I had a son it's sheer torture. Thinking about what he's doing while I transcribe the ramblings of Eeyore the lawyer. I think if my job had some meaning it would be less difficult but being my bosses' mommy and cleaning up his sandwich crumbs and answering his phone calls is pointless. I need to go get my Master's degree! Rated up.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Ouch! Your job sounds awful. That is exactly why I don't work for attorneys. I have a paralegal degree that I basically do not use since I determined I would rather do anything than work for an attorney. I worked at a courthouse for a while, but that was certainly annoying, too. What is it about people that makes them believe they should have someone baby them simply because they are the boss? Everyone needs to learn to become more self sufficient. The world would be a better place. Sorry - I went on a bit of a rant there. Thanks for voting the hub up!


Word Draw 5 years ago

All so true... You forgot to mention that you have to work until you are 65 or later or dead.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, you are so right. Once you are that age, you are too tired to enjoy not working anyway. Depressing, isn't it?


Rick Rudd 5 years ago

I simply hate having to do things I don't like; full-time jobs in fields I have no interest in are exactly these things. It's a shame not many people know there are alternatives to 9-to-five shifts every week.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

This is true. There are other alternatives. Some are worth looking into and others are not. I think it is time to start thinking about more alternatives. There are a lot of frustrated people out there.


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Loretta Owens 5 years ago

Sounds like we have the same job.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I've seen you around the office before, right? Just kidding! Thanks for reading my hub!


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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay

Depends on what job you have and how you put things in perspective. Add some other meaning to an otherwise nightmare work day. My two cents.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, it definitely depends on the job. There just aren't too many to pick from for now. Thanks for the comment!


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The Jet 5 years ago from The Bay

Ah, so true. And no problemo.


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nycgrl 5 years ago from New York

I HATE meetings. I would venture to say that 90% of them are absolutely pointless. Drag me away from doing actual work to sit and talk about work I could be doing. I avoid the meetings as much as I possibly can. Or if I am lucky, its a conference call and I can hit the "mute" button and spend my time on hubs lol.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Meetings can be so meaningless. Sometimes we have meetings to discuss the next meeting. What is that? I draw some of my best artwork in my notebook while at meetings. I guess it is nice to reconnect with my artistic side sometimes. Thanks for the comment!


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singleaple 4 years ago

I thought this was excellent so funny yet sadly so true - voted this up


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you for visiting my hub. No one has posted a comment on this hub in so long! I am glad you enjoyed it. And yes, very sad but true. Thanks for the vote up!

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