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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Quit Complaining About Your Job

I am (almost) so over people that like to complain about their job. Everyone complains from time to time. Indeed, constructive complaints are occasionally necessary for positive change. The type of complainers that I refer to in this post are those afflicted with chronic complaining disease. They complain just for the sake of complaining.

There was this one lady that I used to work with that complained nonstop about her job. From the minute that she started working there, she complained. The things that she complained about were very trivial, and not really worth talking about. I had never met anyone in my life, who was that negative.  Each time that she opened her mouth, I felt like playing a sad song on an imaginary violin. 

Me and several other co-workers came to the conclusion that there was something seriously wrong this woman. If you ever tried to engage her in conversation, she would try to shift the discussion into a litany of complaints. Also, she wouldn't ever let anyone get a word in edgewise. She was the type of person that would try to get you to gossip about others, and that's not really my cup of tea. I started to think that she was on some mind altering substance, which caused her lips to open and shut 1000 times per minute. Most people, in the know, avoided her because of the incessant bitching and whining about nothing.

So, when I found out that she quit (without proper notice), I was so fucking relieved. Everyone wonders what the hell took her so long to come to the realization that the job was not for her. She knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she was hired. It brings me to the point of this blog post: Why do people complain so much about their job?

The national unemployment rate is a little below 8%, meaning that millions of people in the United States are without gainful employment. This figure doesn't take into account that there are people that are underemployed. It also doesn't factor in the people living in numerous cities around the country, where it is even more difficult to find work. Factor in other demographics, such as age, race, ethnicity, disability and the unemployment figure increases dramatically.

Therefore, a job, albeit fantastic or craptastic, is a blessing. I have worked for most of my adult life, from the time that I was an adolescent. However, there was a point a few years ago, when I was unemployed. I was broke and wished that I had two nickels to rub together. When I was lucky enough to get this job that I currently have, I got on my knees and thanked God. It is not a great paying job, but at least I get along well with most of my colleagues and I receive a regular paycheck and benefits.

I don't know whether it is a generation X thing or a generation y thing, but in my travels I have noticed that many younger people moan and gripe ad nauseum. It seems to me that they lack patience and have a bizarre sense of entitlement. It is almost like some American youth behave like spoiled brats. The funny thing is that employers don't owe employees anything, other than what the employee has earned.

As a matter of fact, employers take on risk in hiring employees. Companies spend money to train employees, pay their benefits and workmen's compensation, etc. An employee could end up costing a company more money than he or she brings in. For example, an employee could cost a company lost business and goodwill through incompetence, poor impressions, or lack of professionalism. Some employees have habits that create unnecessary liability and legal fees for companies. If anything, employees should be appreciative of the fact that their employer was willing to take a chance on them.

Now I realize that working for someone else is mostly challenging. Sometimes I get frustrated with my job, but I try to keep things in the proper prospective rather than focusing on negativity. If it weren't for the fact that I have goals, and greater plans for my life, I would have left my job long ago. I am grateful for my job, but it is really just a means to an end. I don't plan on doing that type of work forever, but I am hanging with it for the time being.

When I start feeling frustrated with my job, I compare myself to others less fortunate. I think about the families that are destitute and homeless because of unemployment. I think about the people working in foreign countries at "sweat shops" for low wages, in extremely poor conditions. I remind myself that there are Americans that don't have medical insurance coverage and the fact that I do have medical insurance coverage. That's enough to ground me in reality, whenever someone pisses me off at work.

So, if you don't like your job, then maybe you should do something about it. Complaining won't solve your problems. Someone said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results. Maybe it is time for you to move on to something else. Do something to improve your skill set, so that you won't have to work at a dead end job. If you don't like the people that you work with, transfer out to a different department or find another job.

To anyone out there in management who may be reading this, you need to take a long hard look at the complainers in your organization. They are time wasters and energy suckers. They cost companies money, by disrupting the other employees' focus on their jobs, thus reducing productivity. The negativity that they spread may weaken employee morale, and spread like a contagious disease. Do your organization a favor and assess the true value of a chronic complainer within your organization. Is it really worth it to have someone like this around?

Now back to the chronic complainers. Only you know your situation. Unless you have signed an employment contract, you are probably not bound to work for your employer. Therefore, no one is forcing you to continue working for the company. Most employees whom aren't bound by contractual obligation, are employees "at will", meaning that their work relationship can be dissolved at anytime, without notice. Your company can fire you, and you can fire your company.

I have been so miserable on jobs, that I walked off without notice. Yeah, it was not honorable and very risky, but I did it. I took the position that I would rather be free of misery than, to make myself sick every day. I am not telling anyone to quit their job abruptly, without notice. You should really do the responsible thing and give your employer at least two weeks notice . Also, have a Plan B and another job lined up before leaving your present employer.

Hey if you don't want to do the job, then there are probably 1,000 other people vying for your position. Most of them have more pressing issues than worrying about trivial matters on a job. Better yet: Start your own company and then you will experience the legal and financial pitfalls of running a business. That's when the real bitching will begin. Enough said. 



Related posts:

To Whine or Not to Whine

Never Leave Your Job Because of A Few Assholes

Someone May Be Holding A Grudge Against You And You Don't Even Know It

Why We Should Not Be Loyal To Employers


© Copyright 2013 Susan Broadbelt


www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hotels.com- Paying the Price of Cheap


I had a horrible experience with a hotel recently. I won’t be disclosing the name of the hotel, since I don’t have any photos of the room and premises. I don’t want to call names without adequate proof, but rest assured that I am telling the entire truth. It’s a shame that the battery died on my LG smartphone, otherwise I would have taken photos of the hotel room and put them on full blast.

My boyfriend wanted to surprise me, so he went online to hotels.com to find a cheap room for us to sleep in this weekend near the Fort Lauderdale beach. If I could describe the place in a phrase, it would be "not all that ". This hotel is located just off "the strip" or A1A. Allow me to explain why I have a low opinion of this hotel. On our way over to finding this hotel, I began to have some trepidation about it when he told me that he only paid $69 plus taxes, totaling $76. I mean, this is really cheap for a hotel on the beach, especially in comparison to other more upscale hotels.

When we finally arrived at this place, it is definitely not what we were expecting. The place is old and very poorly maintained. It is probably more of a motel/efficiency than a hotel room. The entrance door to the room had very flimsy locks that anyone could kick in if they wanted to. The door had lots of dirt and scuff marks on it. The paint on the walls were peeling off in some spots and there were some large and poorly patched up holes in them.

The room was clean, but only on the surface. Upon examination we found that there was dust on a lamp and some of the light switches were dirty. We checked the linens on the bed and they appeared to be clean with no stains or odors. A couple of the pillows (not the pillowcases) smelled like a mixture of sweat and fragrance, though. The furniture and television were old, scratched up and outdated. The sofa had an unidentifiable stain on it.

As far as the bathroom is concerned, it did look clean. However, the bathroom door looked like it was severely water damaged and there was a small amount of mold on the walls in the shower.

The area is pretty safe and there are not many worries about crime. At the same, time the hotel was very noisy. You could hear people on the floor above us moving things or coming and going. This went on until the wee hours of the morning and I couldn’t get much sleep. I felt restless and didn’t fall asleep until around 7a.m. I was abruptly awoken went the front desk clerk tapped on our door at 11 am to tell us that it was check out time. This is disconcerting, since the customer service rep at hotels.com told my boyfriend that check out time is 12 noon.

The only thing that I liked about this hotel is that there was a ceiling fan and wall unit A/C, which blew ice cold. The hotel is situated less than one block from the beach and just a few miles away from gas stations, tourist attractions, and major shopping plazas. Also, the room included free Wi-fi internet and Xfinity cable television.

I think that if you are running this type.of business, where customers are concerned about comfort as well as amenities and location, it would be wise to pay attention to details.
Even if this business never did any extensive renovations to the property, a few hundred dollars to upgrade each room would go a long way.


When my boyfriend went to the front desk of the hotel to demand his money back, the clerk refused the refund. Another thing, that he noted is that he asked for a room with a king sized bed when he made the reservations with hotels.com, but the were two double beds instead. Since the hotel refused to give a refund, my boyfriend called hotels.com to try and get his money back. He complained about the condition of the hotel room and the fact that there was no king sized bed. The customer service rep that he spoke with, told him that she was not able to grant him a refund. Instead she sent a $20 (or $30, I am not sure of the exact amount) credit to his e-mail for use towards his next booking with hotels.com. So, he is very dissatisfied and is not sure whether he will ever use hotels.com again.

He feels that he should have stuck with LaQuinta Inns & Suites, which is his favorite hotel, besides the Marriott. But no, he had to go and be a cheapskate. I am still pissed about the whole things as I write this post.


I told him that the first mistake that he made is that he booked a reservation with this hotel without ever knowing what the room looked like. He is not an internet savvy person, so he sort of wanted to believe that the room would be fine. Had I known his intention to rent a room at this hotel, I would have done research before he gave hotels.com his debit card info. If we did a Google search beforehand, it would have turned up enough information for us to realize that he shouldn’t book a room there.
I did go to www.tripadvisor.com and there were several bad reviews on this same hotel, left by previous customers. Most of the reviews cited conditions similar to what I describe here. Some people said that there were roaches and other insects in their room. We didn’t experience pest problems, though. Just from our experience, I would never recommend that hotel to anyone.


As a word of advice, always do your research when dealing with these types of websites and businesses. I am not discouraging the use of hotels.com or others like expedia.com, travelocity.com, or hotwire.com, etc. You just need to read the fine print, know the terms or service, refund policies, of the hotels and the third party travel booking/agency website that you choose. I would not give them my banking account info and would much rather use a prepaid debit card or credit card. Save yourself some hassles and headaches by doing your research.


© Copyright 2013 Susan Broadbelt


www.thewhimsicalmusingsofsusan.com

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