Friday, April 11, 2008

The Trials of Working

When I used to work at Kohl's, we called everything that belonged in the children's clothes section 'Chitlins' - and that has absolutely nothing to do with anything. It just popped into my head. Except that I am thinking about Beth and her job.

Beth is getting real pissy about her job. She seemed to be enjoying it, but this week she suddenly 'hates' it. The things that bother her seem to be things that are bound to happen no matter where you work, but try explaining that to her. I used to work retail (see above) so I know how it can be. My problems were usually in dealing with customers, and she seems to be having issues with the managers or department heads, feeling that some of them aren't doing their share and some of them have unreasonable expectations. It's hard to learn to 'play the game' and give each one what that one wants and still be able to get the job done.

Beth is talking about looking for a new job, and it would be nice to work closer to home and save money on gas. Even if she worked fewer hours, she'd probably come out ahead. It would also give her more time to concentrate on her schoolwork. She says she's doing well this quarter (report cards come out next week, so we'll see) but there are times she has homework and still has to work until 10pm. That really doesn't leave much time for homework. Still, we keep telling her to appreciate the job she has, and if she really wants a new one, to take advantage of any time she has off to go looking for a new one. Once she gets a new one, then, and only then, should she quit the one she has.


  1. OOOOOOOOOoooo yes trying to teach the real life it sucks,,,, I so know. Hope you have a great weekend

  2. You are teaching her well. I remember worrying so much about my step-daughter when she would work late hours and then still have a ton of homework to do. I hope it all works out for the best!


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