An Open Letter to Managers

Dear Managers and Other Members of Management,

Ever wonder why your turnover rate for employees is really high? Or why people don’t like talking to you about problems regarding their job? Or why no one ever wants to cover shifts or come in for more hours? I’m going to be honest and level with you now… It’s because of you.

Now yes, there could be other reasons. Some jobs are hard to keep employees for, especially if you are employing people in positions that mostly high schoolers or college students work. People leave and it happens, but you should still be able to find people that want to stay. Your college students should want to come back to you next school year or next summer. Your high schoolers should want to work with you until they graduate. You should probably be wondering why you have people in upper level positions leaving so quickly too.

Good managers build employees up, they take the time to make sure that training is done correctly and they recognize that mistakes happen. When you are constantly telling people how bad they’re doing, when you critique every little wrong thing that happens it hurts.¬†How can you expect an employee to come in day after day when they think they can do no right? And I know how frustrating it is to have people make mistakes and then have to clean up after them but that’s what you got into by agreeing to become a manager. So instead of yelling at them or sending out passive aggressive messages or phone calls, politely explain what they’re doing incorrectly and teach/tell them how to do something correctly. And if the mistakes continue then discuss with them how they need to do something differently or that you’ll be taking further disciplinary action in order to help them understand that they can’t keep doing what they’re doing.

At this point, I’ve worked at a number of companies that have been filled with very poor management. And at some point, I might share my stories about the abuse that my fellow coworkers and I endured (because trust me, it’s really bad).

The management is what matters, and if you are a poor manager then I don’t pity you. I don’t pity the extra hours you have to put in to fix the mistakes that your employees make. I don’t pity the time you have to put into hiring countless new employees and training them. I don’t pity you. You deserve every bad thing that comes your way. Why? Because your employees are people too and they deserve to be treated like that. They don’t deserve to be treated as lesser and they will never be deserving of that treatment.

So to everyone in management out there. Think about your company and your employees. If you want your company to thrive, learn how to treat your employees better or eventually you’re going to suffer. Treat others the way that you would want to be treated. I’m sure you don’t want to be talked down to and yelled at constantly so why do that to your staff?

Learn and grow. Be better people.

Sincerely,

A mentally exhausted employee.

P.S. To those reading this, after also posting a rant post on Saturday I promise that I’ll try and write some cheery and fluffy posts this week to make up for some angry posts!

An Open Letter to my Media Literacy Professor

Dear Rob,

First off, I’d like to sum up your class in nine words. Thank you for scaring the shit out of me.

I really do mean that. I appreciated how thought provoking and downright terrifying this class was for me. I think the one thing that stuck out to me over the entire course were the words “if you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention.” This really struck a chord with me and opened my eyes to the way I think.

Today, I couldn’t help but wonder about what anxiety really is and why people have it. It obviously has something to do with the way our brains are wired but I almost wonder if it has anything to do with heightened sensitivities to the world around us. The more I think about it, the more I feel like my anxiety has more to do with the “big questions” than with the stupid rules I make myself. I feel like people with anxiety have a heightened sense of the world and a gut feeling that things don’t necessarily have to be what we’re told they are.

Going into this class, I never expected it to be the way it was. It was weird, and unnerving, and a strange way to start my day every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I learned so much more than I would have expected to considering when I told my roommates what we would talk about they thought you were crazy. I appreciated the strangeness though, I saw a lot of myself in the way you lectured, my friends could probably attest to that. It’s fun to get to talk about stuff that you’re excited about.

This class actually got me pretty motivated to do my own research, to actually learn more independently. I love learning, and I can’t wait to continue on with that for the rest of my life.

So with a final thought:

I think that a heightened sense of media literacy comes with being paranoid, and always questioning things. I think that it comes with the crazy talk and the conspiracy theories. There’s so much of the world that is unknown to us, so much of the universe that hasn’t been seen yet. There’s no way of knowing anything that goes on outside of our own bodies. I hate realizing it, but I have to. Our world is a lot bigger than I want it to be and there’s a lot about it that we don’t know about. We’ve been born into the middle of it and there’s no way out. We can just live.

Anyways, Rob, thank you for being such an awesome professor. Have a great day.