How do I cope with a horrible job that I do not want to quit?
March 6, 2012 6:40 PM Subscribe
Ok, so I have the job from hell. But I've decided to stick it out for the next year and a half. How do I keep my sanity?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (28 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My employer is paying for me to gain a qualification that I have already started and wish to finish. This qualification requires that I have a full-time job. I could, in theory, get a job at another place and continue my studies, but I have decided that I want to stay where I am.
I enjoy the work I am currently doing, but the staff dynamic is absolutely horrendous. I won't go into too much detail, but the woman in charge (my employer) has a serious mean streak (micromanager, throws things, is patronising, the works); my supervisor has basically all but quit; to top it off the middle aged, deeply unhappy senior receptionist has recently taken it upon herself to critique the work of my colleagues and I loudly, in front of the lunatic boss. Other than that things are fantastic.
So now that I have made this decision, I am looking for advice on how to cope. 90% of the time I can just shrug the bulk of this crap away, but sometimes I feel like I am on the verge of losing my cool and just walking out, forever. How do I keep my cool? How should I handle myself when my boss goes off the chain, knowing that my supervisor won't help or back me up? At the very least, how do I get the receptionist to back the fuck off without making her act even worse? Thanks hivemind.