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The Bored Understimulated Reception Blues

by JJ

Hello All. Let me say that I cannot stand my job. I am a "Front Desk Receptionist" who doesn't receive anyone at all. The phone never rings and if I have a total cumulative amount of work of one hour per eight hour day, it's a lot. Many a day I come in with a good attitude and by 1:00 in the afternoon I am ready to slice my wrists and end it all. People tell me I should be grateful to have a job in this economy and I do agree to a point. However, I have been at this company for 2 years and done everything I can to try to manufacture more of a job. I have asked others for additional work, etc. but to no avail. This is also a dead end job with absolutely no chance for promotion. The others in this office have been here for multiples of years and are all in their mid 50's and not retiring any time soon. Also, nobody really interacts with me. People I say tell me it's because I'm the RECEPTIONIST. Nobody talks to the receptionist. How depressing. So lonely. I myself am 46 years old and in addition to the economy, employers would rather pay new hires $10 bucks an hour than have someone whose been in the workforce and wants 35K-40K per year, which I don't think is unreasonable living in the NYC metro area where everything is overinflated prices and WE are supposed to make more money here, at least that is what "they" say. I am frustrated and every day I go on the job boards and the employers want you proficient in every program under the sun with tons of experience and are paying a whopping $10 bucks an hour! Wow! Who can live on that? I wish there was a solution but I am so depressed and feel like I have no choices. I feel trapped in a dead end job because I rely on the weekly paycheck and have no savings. It really sucks. I have made an appointment with a doctor to start antidepressant medication.

Comment from Kate
I am absolutely amazed to read this and other similar accounts of people in the same sort of situation. It makes no sense to me at all, that companies are happy to pay people to do nothing and in return create miserable unhappy people whi end up relying on medication to get through the day.

In these hard times you would have thought that companies would learn to make the most of their most precious asset, people. No wonder the world economy is so messed up.

As for you JJ, I know exactly what your going through. I was in the same boat about 6 years ago. After working in a job for 15 years and making the my job so efficient that i no longer had any real work to do any more and with my bosses at a loss as to how best use me. i jumped ship before I went completely crazy.

It was a brave thing for me to do as I lost a good wage but at the end of the day I had to make a decision. Money or happiness and I figured one without the other was pointless.

I hope you manage to find a another way out soon rather than just medication.

best wishes kate

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