I’ve worked an office job for many years now, and I can honestly say these are my pet 5 peeves about the whole ‘Office Experience’.
1. restrictive dress codes
this may be less so for office chicks, but for us guys, the dreaded dress code is a bane of our existence. Shoes like this, in this color, shirt like this, in this color or dull pattern, pants like this, in this color, with belt like this, in equally boring color. Arrggh! in those summer days, don’t you dream of rocking up to work in flipflops and a bright Hawaiian t-shirt. A no can do folks. Dress is a big thumbs down in my opinion.
2. watching you watching me
part of the office life experience is spying on your cubicle neighbours. Hey, what’s he doing watching youtube at 9:15 in the morning? oh shit, hasn’t that effer been working on that email for 45 minutes straight? And know what? the resentment is heartily reciprocated. Get those glares and dis-approving looks occasionally? just what you’re doling out yourself!! we get high and mighty about how others are ‘wasting’ time, yet its a constant indulgence ourselves. Watching you watching me. Big thumbs down!
3. the three month performance review
isn’t this a kicker? just to keep you in line, and make you fear for your very existence, they hang the Performance Review over you constantly. How are you doing in comparison to your peers? are you meeting certain standardised benchmarks? what skills are you developing, and how do you plan to keep on improving and growing? bullshit questions which deserve bullshit answers. If you pull your weight, that’s good enough for me. 3 month review? thumbs down!
4. know nothings who get promoted
we all know the type. The ones who can smooze and sweet talk, are real chummy with the key decision makers. These ‘dudes’ do an adequate job but are nothing special. But somehow they wheedle themselves into favor with the right words, the right button pushing, and they move up the chain. The worse thing is, they don’t even perceive what they are doing; they honest to god believe in their ‘superiority’. Its no deception for these blokes; they believe their own pr. And know what? they get rewarded for it. Seems like almost everyone can see through the smokescreen … and yet, up the command chain they go. Greasy pole riders. Thumbs down.
5. the company ‘treating’ you
around xmas, the company usually makes a big show about how much they love and cherish their workers. Big office party! christmas hampers! all on us! but what about the rest of the year? Nope, you don’t count much then. Oh, there might be the occasional munchies, or the odd special event, but otherwise, its business as usual on the grindstone. But hey, when we pay attention to you, treat you good, you better appreciate it! — is their sentiment. False, and fake. Corporate internal spin. Thumbs down!
I’m sure you’ve had your own experiences with these Office Turnoffs.
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