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The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
I don’t really know if working should be a good experience or not. I mean, it brings you money and it keeps you busy, but you should also enjoy it? I worked in a couple of places since I finished high school, especially while I was in college, but I was not that lucky.
So one of my part-time jobs was as a courier and I honestly thought that it would be perfect because first of all was a job that required being outside a lot, being outside 4 to 6 hours a day meant less contact with my boss and because I had to deliver the mail directly to the mailbox, I was happy because I didn’t have to have contact with clients either. Well, yes, that was the theory, but in the end, against all the odds everything was exactly the opposite of what I thought.
Here is my problem with every job I had: lack of respect from everyone. I don’t know why, but as long as someone is being paid; the others feel the need to walk all over that person: “You are getting paid, you need to shut up!” And yes, one of the bosses I had told me that and me being a poor student in need of money I did so.
I started the job optimistic and I didn’t say no to the fact that we had a daily target which was huge. I said to myself that I will manage somehow, I was just happy that I had a job, but soon after the lack of respect started to show. Our boss earned lots of money, but he got bonuses as long as we delivered the mail on time, those bonuses were even higher if we delivered faster. So the genius in him started to emerge on the surface and raised our daily target threatening us that if we don’t deliver as he said we will be fired. So everyone worked even harder, except for our boss, he was busy yelling, and our part time job became a full time one. Of course most of us were students and we needed to go to school as well, but that didn’t matter at all.
I can’t say I can’t understand why he acted like that, he was looking after himself after all and he seemed that he enjoyed patronizing us. But he wasn’t the only one that didn’t know what respect was. I hated direct contact with clients, not because I am not a sociable person, but because they weren’t. Our job was to deliver them magazine subscriptions, they personally made. Of course they would often forget that and they lived under the impression that we deliver junk mail. A normal person would politely ask why and what was I delivering, but not our clients. Swearing, yelling and sometimes physical aggression were often.
The problem is that in most cases, when you have a job, you also have multiple bosses (clients included) that think that as long as you are getting paid there is no need to respect you. That is why I am working as a freelancer now and I am my own boss and I have the right to say no to the very rude clients.