Doing Things Because You Have To

Not Because You Want To

Work can be a strange place

You spend more time in work than with your own family

When times are good things go smooth

Then there are other times

All hell breaks loose

The shit hits the fan

I like to say a better phrase

It's just plain crazy

Your busy as ever

The wheel to the grindstone

No time to breathe

You let management know and they say do the best you can

They are shorthanded

I wonder if this all could of been prevented

If this was unnecessary and they knew it was going to be busy

They purposely ran under staffed

Why did we not get the help we needed ?

Struggling to get things done

When you do what you have to

Making things work

Rushing around

Keeping a cool head

You do your job well

You go up and beyond

As you look around

Management really doesn't care

They think it is just expected

Leaving puzzled and agitated

Your hands were tied

Another day passes

Soon all is forgotten




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DDE 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi sometimes you just got to go with the flow.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

"Soon all is forgotten." True words, especially at work. If work is so bad that the stress is that unbearable, it's time for a new job. But I usually let crap at work go - like water off a duck's back, as the saying goes. It isn't worth getting upset over. The way I see it, if management does not care then management will be the ones dealing with the consequences. The best way to get employees to perform well, however, is to show them appreciation and respect. Their ideas are important and the more valued they feel, the better off everyone will be. Anyway, either way it goes it is generally best to not stress over it.


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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

Those are frustrating and troubling times. sigh.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

DDE I agree with you. I can do what they want but it's like hitting your head against the wall. You are the only one with a headache. I am not in control so I have to work harder to get the same job done. To me it's like taking two steps back to take one step forward. I get paid no more or no less. shanmarie Your right if they don't see how to do it more efficiently I just have to let it be. I'm only one worker and my time can be spent better elsewhere. Nellieanna The next day can go like clockwork. I don't get it. Different shifts I work with different people. Some co -workers have attitudes and management also. It only complicates things and makes more for a long day. I thought the solution was pretty obvious I guess not. Thank you all for your I imput and suggestions. Have a great night.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

I only speak from current and past experience. LOL I am fortunate that some of my managers will listen fairly well to what we have to say. Of course, that does not mean we will get the desired result after they listen, but at least they heard. I usually do let things go. It's not worth keeping my feathers ruffled. Then again, there are times I do say exactly what I think. Hahaha. I have to be careful when and how I do that. However, I never hide away from answering when I am confronted for something I've done by a manager. I've found that it is always best (at work or elsewhere) to own up to my actions. I can't control what other people think about it or how they respond, but I know I am only human too and I can't go forward by denying that.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

shanmarie I work independently most of the time when I need help they should know be now. When other people do my job they have a helper. I have to realize managers don't like to be told what to do so I have to ask nicely or just get it myself. I plan ahead to eliminate issues before they arise. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Enjoy your night.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

I've been there and done that too. I understand. You have a good night, too.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

Although, you just made me think of something. You may not find it so amusing, but if you do, then I suppose a good laugh or chuckle is good for the soul. Especially after a frustrating day.

I'm just a cashier. I haven't been a manager in quite some time. Or worked other parts of retail. However, I still deal with customers a great deal, obviously. I get my share of rude people and people that will not take my word for things. At that point, I'm glad to be able to call a manager over. Sometimes it doesn't stop there but goes on up the chain until several managers say the same thing. At least, by that point, I am not the one who has to listen to someone cuss at me and put their anger on full display with a yelling tantrum.

Anyway, the corporate office developed a new computer training program for employees. Basically, they've decided that everyone should be cross trained instead of only having knowledge of the department in which they work. This cross training was, at least so far, focusing on the customer aspect of the job and on team work. Communicate. Ask questions. Speak up if overloaded with assignments. Blah blah blah. The customer service part was quite funny to me.

See, the objective was to point out that associates should have knowledge of the area in which they live and work, therefore the associates can better assist customers by pointing out helpful information or answering questions. The video clip that was supposed to represent Texas was a cartoon. Think overdone stereotype with the southern drawl and accent. Honestly, I didn't even hear the entire conversation between the associate and the customer because I was laughing. The customer walked in in his cowboy hat and boots (which admittedly is not uncommon here) asking for a "big ole steak for his big ole grill for a big ole something or other I didn't hear" And the associate attempted to help but was cutting all of her -ing endings short so that the g was dropped.

On second thought. . . you probably would not find that as amusing as my coworkers and I did. It's just that Texans do not talk like that! And the rest of the regions represented had actual people and were not stereotyped to that degree.

What made me think of it, actually, was the comment you made about how managers should know when you're overwhelmed. Perhaps they should. But they don't always. Sometimes they're overwhelmed themselves and they don't realize their employees are struggling. I think asking nicely or doing it yourself if you can is acceptable. Hopefully, you are met with the same respect with a nice reply.


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Michael-Milec 5 months ago

...a day of analyzing/comparing disposition of the others, only proving to you that not everyone " was there early '' to receive it all...


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

shanmarie I am sure management has other priorities on their mind. So as long as they know I told them I continue to work to the best of my capabilities. When I finish my shift I leave a job I am proud of. Thank you for your comments. We had snow today. What is your weather?Michael-Milec I know the difference between good and poor work. Management is just happy to get the job done. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

Not sure where you live, but we have not had much of a winter this year and spring has been mostly enjoyable. We did have some storms roll through the other day that dumped a bunch of hail on us. It left a gorgeous double rainbow in its wake, though!

Yesterday we went walking on a trail through one of the nearby cities to see nature and enjoy some family time. Today is promising to be nice and sunny too.


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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

In reply to your reply, dear friend - it's so true what you say.- Everything can seem to change overnight. There are a couple of things to keep in mind in that regard:

1) Consistent is NOT a trait of Life and Living, including living people, living things and living situations. The main trait of Life and Living is CHANGE. Let me repeat that: THE MAIN TRAIT OF LIFE AND LIVING IS CHANGE. In fact, ceasing of change would mean ceasing of life. Breathing is changing things. Moving is changing things. Living is changing things. Stillness is death. So a secret of living is realizing it's all in motion, embracing change and making the best of that.

2) Everyone on the job, including yourself, the co-workers, the managers, the customers, the repairpeople, the stockers and the window-shoppers are ALL human beings with various influences bearing on each of their attitudes at any one time, ranging from being tired or half-sick to being delighted and feeling ‘on top of the world’. Our entire individual reality is mostly a matter of how we feel about it. So how we experience the ways everyone behaves, how well or poorly they (and we) mesh together at any precise moment or day in any setting is highly changed and colored by the combinations of the individual moods in the mix. Happily, one’s own good mood in it makes it feel good for oneself and might even lift others. Miracles are possible. (wink) One's own down-mood, likewise, the other direction.

So - your own feelings about it have a lot to do with it . . a major part, in fact, especially for you.

OK - Example:

The day when you ‘get up on the wrong side of the bed’, spill the coffee all over everything, have a few minor disagreements with someone at home, get a huge utility bill, stump your toe and it throbs; - - OR the day when everything looks beautiful from the moment you open your eyes, your breakfast tastes extra-good, you’ve heard from an old friend you really wanted to hear from, and you just got your generous tax refund -- will all influence and color how you respond to the people and situations when you get to work that day, whether a bit more touchy or a lot more agreeably. And of course, they’ve also experienced either pleasant or trying things and feelings before arriving there, as well, so they bring along some built-in conditions, - which will not be the same for you or for them on some other day. I know you fully understand that! But we don't always remember it when things are in progress.

None of those passing moods and attitudes can determine how a person sets his own real goals and makes his real plans, though, - except for keeping in mind how things do work together or they can create friction. Keeping an open mind about others, knowing they’ve had their own pressures & pleasures is key. But, if you observe people over time, their individual general attitudes will become clear, though on any one day, it’s anyone’s guess. Their age, their gender, their overall health and real nature are all part of that. Giving people benefit of the doubt is usually a wise idea. It definitely helps one’s own peace of mind. And I know you are a wise person who values his peace of mind!

So, while things on the job are going on, keep on making your own goals and plans. Nothing has to be instant, but it can be on-going.

Cheers and Hugs.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

shanmarie I live in Maine. It was just a light dusting. A reminder Mother Nature is always in control. The temperature hit 70 degrees the other day. We had the worst winter last year and this year was mild. Thank you for your help. Nellieanna I love your insight and knowledge. Thank you very much.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

I haven't done anything particularly useful, I don't think, but your welcome if I did!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

When I went back to work, I was emotionally so off balance that I felt like I was losing control of even myself - the only thing I can control. I needed to work for the sake of my well-being. My personal life felt like it was in such turmoil that I just didn't have room to let the attitudes of others around me at work get to me. They rarely do, especially at work. And when things bother me, I don't stay upset long. That is true in my personal life as well, most of the time, which is one reason why I was feeling so lost and overwhelmed, confused, probably very close to depression. I had to do something and damn the consequences if it was the wrong thing. LOL

Anyway, sometimes a smile to someone grumpy makes their day and changes their attitude. And the kindness of people around me made a huge impact too. Funny how it works that way. Part of customer service is attempting to be friendly. The more I am friendly toward others, the more I feel better even if I don't always feel it initially. It's an overall mindset. As I mentioned on your other hub, time and distance eliminate most of the bad. What's left? The good. That can be painful at times, too, when it is bittersweet, but good is good. Growth comes from it. Hard to believe that was almost two years ago.

I've even managed to befriend someone I never intended to. I really couldn't stand being around her much. Many people don't like to. But the more I began to focus on her as a person and not the qualities I don't like, I have decided I really do like her. It's hard not to love those around us if we keep in mind that they are only human too and that they may just be misunderstood or have other reasons for their behavior. Besides, this particular person is more sensitive than this person lets on. The attitude and complaints about the behaviors of others is a defense for insecurities. Love is always the answer.

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