People Are Talking About The Most Toxic Jobs They've Had And I'm Raging
"Apparently, my time working there affected me worse than I thought, because I had a major anxiety attack and am now going back to therapy."
We've all had that one job that still gives us the shakes when we think about it — but some have definitely had a harder go at it than others.
Calling for solidarity amongst all Aussies who've known the torture of a toxic work environment, Reddit user u/jugganaut007 shared their own recent experience:
"My worst experience was working for a major supermarket chain doing overnight replenishment, 'stacking shelves' as they say. Certainly not as 'chill' or relaxed as some people make it out to be. Working against your circadian rhythms, busting your ass and your back with power tripping managers and unpaid overtime. Even supermarkets in general across all departments are like this."
"The job wasn't unbearable, but the breaking point for me was when we got a new, toxic, abusive supervisor."
"Apart from having sky high performance expectations, I was subjected to daily verbal abuse, taunts, threats, intimidation, sexual harassment and out of hours phone harassment non-stop. I'd get calls from him as late as 4 A.M. on my nights off. He'd use other peoples phones to try and call me. I eventually had to block all my coworkers phone numbers after I quit. He often talked about his delinquency in his youth and former association with bikies. It felt like I worked with this boss for over a year, but I only realised yesterday it was not even six months.
"One particular time he pointed his box cutter at me and said 'Do you know how good I am with this?'"
"This would've been in view of CCTV cameras, so I could've complained to HR/police, but I was too intimidated and mind-fucked by the polarity of this guy to do so.
The thing that fucked me up the most was that everyone witnessed this, but did nothing to step in and help, let alone ask if I was doing alright. In fact, they enabled and encouraged it. I lost a lot of faith in humanity in that job and I'm still suffering the subtle long term effects mentally one year on."
After telling their story, they asked for others to share where they experienced a toxic work environment — and the responses are truly rage inducing.
1. A restaurant
2. A travel agency
3. The pokies
4. The local library
"Librarians can either be the chillest people on Earth or absolute psychos. I got out of the industry because of one of them. She friggin' gaslighted me with mistakes, called me names and pulled me into her office to randomly scream at me. I ended up leaving because I complained and the 'old girls club' turned on me and made my life a living hell."
5. A call centre
6. Public service
7. A supermarket
8. Research science
9. Factory work
10. Childcare centre
11. A spa
12. Electrical apprenticeship
13. The finance industry
14. Luxury retail
15. Foundry work
16. Shelf stacker at a supermarket
17. And finally, teaching
Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.