Thankless Jobs

Okay. I’m going to hit some nerves with this post today. Too many of us work in thankless jobs. Most of us working in customer service find ourselves appreciated while people need us to do specific tasks, but in the long run, people forget about the little things we did for them. Every job that exists on the planet is forgotten or ignored by many until people need them. People take all kinds of jobs and careers for granted until they find themselves needing services that are either not filled or not serviced well. Take, for example, a mechanic. Those of us with vehicles do not take our car to a mechanic unless we need service done. Many of us put off that maintenance because it costs money to go. It’s a known fact that dealerships often have high prices to work on cars. The cost of labor alone drives up what people owe. But when you are in a situation where you need your vehicle to work, you have to take your car to get it fixed. That requires having a mechanic who knows what they’re doing to repair your vehicle. These men and women put a lot of time and energy into their craft. But it’s a thankless job because people complain about having to pay out large amounts of dollars. Without their skills and expertise, or vehicles would strand us without a dependable source of transportation. We need them to keep us moving. I love my job and the ability to work, but I would be lying if I said that my job wasn’t thankless.

Dentists and doctors are beneficial when something is wrong. Most of the time because people have perceptions about their positions. Many of these doctors are still paying off medical school bills. But yet, they are accused of being among the richest in society. Please, some of them are. And some of them are in the profession for the right reasons. They want to help people get better. It’s not about money for them. But the ones who are in it for the right reasons often make very little money. Most people in society do not thank them. Yet, people expect them to perform miracles when miracles are few and far between. People forget they are human beings who struggle with their faith too. Some of them have no faith, while others believe very strongly in a higher power.

Let’s not forget the rest of the medical community, nurses, technicians, and assistants in labs and pharmacies. There are nursing aides who often handle the worst of patient care. Some of these men and women are ignored for their contributions. They are there to do a job in the public eyes. Yet when the public needs the assistance they provide, they are expected to perform high. Can you imagine what it’s like to keep a smile on your face while changing someone’s bedpan? Or how about dressing someone’s wounds when the sight of blood is more than you can usually bear? The people who can work behind the scenes and jobs that most don’t think about are unique and special.

Then we have the folks who work in products. Many of their jobs vary like with shipping companies, warehouses, marketing, and human resources. Many of them work in production and often work long hours. Managers are working consistently around the clock to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We are all working jobs that people depend on to pay the bills in all walks of life. Rarely are any of us thanked or appreciated. The key is to remember that we’ve all been through a very trying year and a 1/2. My heart goes out to all the teachers and those in the educational world.

If you think working in the educational field is easy, then you have another thing coming. The teachers of those who are young have to find ways to keep their attention. Those in middle school to high school are struggling with hormonal changes and emotional changes across the board. Teachers and educators are some of the strongest people around. Some people say teachers have more recognition than others, but I know many teachers who would disagree. Their workloads have tripled over the last year and a 1/2. The expectations have increased while the number of educators has decreased. Like many of us, their salaries are not reflective of where the economy is and what we need. I dare a politician to change places with someone who works for significantly fewer dollars than what that politician earns. I don’t care what side of the political spectrum they fall; their constituents are struggling to pay the bills.

Then you have people and regular retail-type jobs. Some of them are stalker’s, cashier’s, managers of retail stores, associates, customer service representatives, telemarketers, and field agents. Most people don’t understand that we spend more time in our jobs than with our families. I spend more time at my office than I do at home. I cherish the time I get with my family and loved ones because it is few and far between. I strive hard to do a good job and come through for my customers, but I rarely receive recognition for my efforts.

The men and women working in finance and banking need commending as well. Can you imagine what it must be like for those tellers to try to handle each transaction with a smile when people are constantly making them feel poorly about their jobs? I know several tellers at the bank that the office banks with who are repeatedly criticized by their clients. I’ve seen several of them in tears because of the way those transactions got handled. Pastors and those in the religious sector also struggle in their jobs. They often have the perception that they are in positions of power because of the title Pastor. As a pastor’s daughter, I can tell you they are human. They feel emotions deeply even though they are not always allowed to show their feelings. They struggle with the same human issues that we all do. But because they are in a life of servitude to God, they are viewed as holier than most others. I think there’s a higher standard that pastors acquire. I don’t think it’s always the right way to think about pastors, but it’s part of the process. So to them and all the others who lead and challenge our faith, let me start by saying thank you.

I’m missing many jobs that are out there, and for that, I genuinely apologize. But my point was to recognize that all of us are working in positions that other people have no concept of what it takes to do. People assume a lot about other people’s jobs. But until they walk in those shoes or need those services, they cannot comprehend what it takes to make those jobs reality. There are many different fields that I have to rely on other people for their help with because I cannot physically do them. I am not a lumberjack and cannot have the strength needed to handle a chainsaw for an extended period. I can tend my garden, but I’m not a landscaper. I have legitimate fears of mowing in certain areas of my yard and know that there will come a time where I will be unable to handle that task. I will need to hire out for that service or move. I know I can do anything I set my mind to do, but I’m not unaware that everything has a price.

The point I’m making is that all of us are undertaking different roles for our careers. Some of us are not working right now but are seeking better employment than what we had. No matter where you are in life, remember that there are many people out there who are doing what they can to make it through each day. They may be working in jobs that underpay for their skill level, yet they are out making a difference. Every position on this Earth is challenging. Some jobs are more complex than others. But I can pretty much tell you that just about every job on this planet is not thought about by others until those services are needed. So the next time that you choose to cop an attitude with somebody because you don’t like what they’re doing remember they may be going through a tough time. The people in the restaurants and other stores are having difficulty finding people to work for them. And when you go out to eat, you may notice your service times are lagging because they don’t have enough coverage. Everything rolls downhill.

Some folks are going to ask why I’m bringing all this up. Many people work these jobs that are thankless not because they have to but because they enjoy what they do. That’s not always the case, but I’ve seen many people go into professions because they loved it instead of the fact that they had to do it. Loving what you do makes all the difference in the world. If you’re miserable with your job, chances are you will be miserable in your life. To find that balance, you need to find ways to be happy for yourself. If you find yourself in a thankless job, remember that it’s not in vain. Many people benefit from what you do. You don’t always have to get recognition to know you do good work. But you do have to recognize that you may never get the pets on the back that you feel you need. Figure out the balance that works for you.

I wouldn’t want to be a police officer in today’s world. They see others as the bad people who are right or wrong. Just like any profession, some people shouldn’t be in the field. But it’s one of many jobs that I wouldn’t want to do. Yet, I recognize the importance of their actions. I wouldn’t want to be a reporter or someone in the news media. But I respect what they do. So many of these positions are not desirable because others consider them as bad jobs. But it takes people to do these things. And it can often take people with exceptional abilities. Money is only a part of the solution. There is a thing called “respect” that many of us would like to see given. People don’t mind doing work that others don’t want to do. But there comes the point where people feel disrespected and unimportant by those who think they are better than everyone else. Mindsets are everything, no matter what position you work in throughout your lifetime. So as you encounter each other today, I hope you have a little more patience and appreciation for another person’s job. The shoes they walk in are not as easy as you may think. After all, we all learn from each other, and we benefit from helping one another. Have a great day, everyone.

3 thoughts on “Thankless Jobs

  1. Oh yeah, tell me about thank less jobs!! As a so called “public servant” where the general public loves to throw in your face “My taxes pay your salary!” As if public servants don’t pay taxes too. I’m always wanting to say if I could just show you this pay check that YOU pay me, you’d be so ashamed of yourself and shut ALL THE WAY UP!!!

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  2. Oh I am so with you!!!!! And I get really frustrated with the fact that so many people are making more on unemployment than many of us with those thankless jobs. I calculated what I make yesterday, and I can tell you that all these companies that are increasing their salaries and including bonuses need to rub off on companies like the one I work for. And I love how the general public likes to belittle so many of us who are doing everything we can to keep a smile on our face while wanting to tell people where to shove their attitudes!!!!! 🙂


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