I start my training tomorrow for my new job but I can’t help but keep asking myself “Should I care about this job?” I know that the work environment is horrible and there really aren’t too many jobs out there but still, how can a company expect their workers to do more than the minimal effort if they pay almost nothing?
After months of looking, I’ve finally gotten a job; not a job that I’m proud of or looking forward to but a job nonetheless. Now I know you may be asking yourself: “What is this jewel of a job?” or “Why aren’t you proud of it? Getting a job right now is quite an achievement these days.” Well rest assured that I’m not going to lie to you about how it’s a step above working at Taco Bell or that it’s something that will provide me with hours of entertainment to make up for the low pay. In fact, I won’t even hide the fact that this is something I’ve gotten to get off of unemployment, to do something somewhat productive and of course to get out of the house.
Why’s this job so bad you ask?
The first thing was that I have to be clean cut, which makes me look like a total ass. There was a time, about a few days ago, where I had an awesome metal beard. While some may think people with beards are to lazy to shave, which is true to an extent, but some people can pull them off. The whole ordeal of shaving so I could be a corporate tool for no money was made even more difficult by all of the complements that I had gotten the day before I had to shave.
Now that we’ve gotten the superficial reason out of the way, we can get into the more legit ones. Take having to be in a union to work there. Unions are pretty awesome as long as they work for you but to be in this one, I’d be basically working for free for at least a week so I can cover the initial dues. Why would I want to pay dues to a union when I make so little money? Is it so the employer can’t take advantage of me? I thought working for no money and being extorted to shelling money out to be able to work somewhere is kind of abusive so that can’t be it. Maybe it’s because the company is so horrible to work for that they would rape me more without the union.
The last thing that I’ll complain about tonight is that to even get a fancy shirt, I have to work there 2 months but until then, I have to wear a white collared dress shirt (thanks goodwill for the $2 shirt). Is it too much to ask for a lame ass shirt that I can proudly display as I puff out my chest and walk through the store? Apparently it is, which means if I can’t even get a $3 polo shirt for free; I won’t be able to get the supplies I need to do my job.
Well in the end, it’s a job until I can get something better. I can already picture how rewarding it will be to give a one day notice unless my demands are met once I’ve found something better. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a way to make this whole endeavor worthwhile.