Work Blues: 10 Reasons Your Job is Sucking Your Soul Dry

  1. Your boss is a condescending jerk. Nothing like letting a jerk who somehow fell into a managerial position he’s in no way qualified to do manage a team of employees. Who doesn’t love being lectured on the correct way to staple papers or being asked fifteen times if you’ve finished something you already turned in two weeks ago?
  2. You’re not paid what you’re worth. Sure, you can pay the bills, but there’s not much left afterwards. When you put in 40+ hours a week for year after year and there’s no sign of a raise in sight, you’re bound to get a little depressed. Living paycheck to paycheck is BS, and you’re worth more.
  3. The work you’re doing is boring as hell. Have you ever actually fallen asleep at your desk? If the answer is “no”, congratulations – you’re better than most. If your job is so mundane that you could do it in your sleep, it’s no wonder you dread coming in every day.
  4. The office is like a middle school playground. Just because you left school doesn’t mean the crap you dealt with there doesn’t come back to haunt you even during your working life. Because your work is boring, people literally have nothing better to do than gossip and cause drama, and there’s no escaping it.
  5. Facebook, Twitter and Gmail are blocked on the company internet. God forbid you stop doing your boring job for five minutes to check your email or read an article that your best friend posted on her Facebook wall. The company would completely collapse!
  6. You only have a 30 minute lunch break. It’s like an Olympic race every day at lunchtime. Making it to the salad place around the corner, waiting in line to pay and then rushing back to the office to scarf your lunch down in 30 minutes should not be a thing. But your boss watches the clock like a hawk and starts tapping his watch and making “tsk tsk” sounds if you’re even a minute late because he’s an loser, so you’d better hurry.
  7. No one knows how to say “thank you”. Sure, a bigger paycheck would be the best way for your company to show appreciation, but in lieu of that, a simple “thanks” would suffice. Don’t hold your breath – as far as your colleagues are concerned, you don’t deserve appreciation because you’re doing what you’re paid for and that’s thanks enough.
  8. There’s no room for growth. You’ve been in the same position since you were hired and though you outgrew it after a few months and have expressed interest in moving up ever since, your pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Even though you’re more than capable, the promotions tend to go to the brown nosers who kiss the boss’s ass every time he walks into the room, and you just can’t bring yourself to be that pathetic.
  9. Your college education is being wasted. Four years and $100,000 worth of student loan debt later, you’re making a quarter of that a year and consider ordering a pizza to be a treat. Sure, you can read ancient Greek and discuss Marxism at length, but that’s not going to help you at work, so what was the point?
  10. You were born to be famous. Let’s be honest – you’re better than this mediocrity. You could have been – SHOULD have been – a famous writer, painter, actress, musician, whatever. The world is missing out on your greatness while you waste away at your desk. Sucks, doesn’t it?
Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

In addition to runnnig her own business, Piper is passionate about charity work, advocating for vulnerable women and children in her local area and across the country. She is currently working on her first book, a non-fiction collection of stories focusing on female empowerment.