Today’s Ask the Editor’s question is time-sensitive for the LW, and it came in a little late to take it to our panel, so I thought we’d open this predicament up to our glorious commenters. Read the letter and help us help our fellow Persephoneer, after the break.
I’ve been working for a nonprofit organization for about 5 1/2 months. The job wasn’t my first choice, but I’m just glad to have it – especially since I graduated this past May.
When I first started, I was really excited and energized. However, as time pushes forward, my position is becoming more and more mundane. I feel like I’ve already gone as far as I will go here. My position is just a glorified secretary gig. Sure, I make important contributions here and there, but at the end of the day, my boss treats me like a complete dumbass. For example, she suggests I spend time thinking about how to better organize filing cabinets. And she seems to enjoy reminding me to clean up the mess of half eaten muffins after meetings I don’t even attend. I accept that the hospitality-oriented tasks I’m asked to do (i.e., set up for and clean up after meetings) comes with the territory. I also accept that keeping organized filing cabinets is conducive to keeping the office together. But the way she asks–no, *suggests*–that I do these things makes me feel really small.
Also, I’m currently dealing with a potential family emergency (read: death) that I may need to attend to for a few days next week. This unfortunately corresponds with a major event we’re having at work, and my boss said bluntly that it would be more convenient if my emergency could happen over the Thanksgiving weekend instead. Maybe this is typical management behavior and I’m being high maintenance by thinking my boss shouldn’t have said that to me while I was in the midst of freaking the fuck out.
How do I get over feeling like this? Are there books I should be reading? People to whom I should be talking? Do I just need a big-ass slice of humble pie?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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