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20 Signs You've Been Working In A Call Center Way Too Long

"Hi, how could I not help you today?"

1. Nothing gives you joy like using your hold or mute button.

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Because you have to vent to your co-workers briefly about the unruly "person" on the other end of the line.

2. You make this face when someone threatens to "take their business elsewhere."

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Oh, OK. One person will bring this corporation down. (._.)

3. You feel utter joy when you get on the line and a call doesn't come through.

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It's an indescribable feeling to not hear that beep/dial tone in your ear.

4. You spend 70% of you day wondering how the hell you ended up with such a horrible job.

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In fact, you've probably cried in the bathroom at work multiple times.

5. You spend the other 30% of you day wishing the phone system would go down.

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Even if only for a few minutes. Enough time to get your sanity back.

6. Speaking of system issues, it SUCKS to have to tell a customer that the company is "upgrading software."

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Let's be honest. Your system is janky and you need a complete overhaul. #factsonly

7. You become enraged when a customer complains about the long hold time.

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8. You're always surprised when someone tells you how long they've worked in the call center. Ten years?!

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How have you been able to endure this hell for so long?

9. You sometimes lose your voice because you're talking non-stop.

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But hey, that's an excuse to not come to work.

10. You're too satisfied when you "accidentally" hang up on a customer.


Because 90% of the people you speak to on a daily basis are idiots.

11. You want to SCREAM when a call comes in minutes before your shift ends.

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What the actual fuck?! Try again tomorrow, customer.

12. You loathe when a customer tries to initiate small talk, mainly because it's awkward.

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I really just want to answer your question and get you off my phone.

13. You want to let out an uproarious laugh when a customer asks for a supervisor.

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Hate to break it to you, but you're not talking to a supervisor. You're also not going to get that refund you think you deserve.

14. You experience pure ecstasy whenever you have time off the phone.

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Because every second away from the phones makes your day infinitely better.

15. This has become a common occurrence.

16. You've developed an aversion to speaking on the phone, even when you're not at work.

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Friends don't understand it, but you're literally on the phone ALL DAMN DAY. Text it.

17. This is how you feel whenever you get your monitor sheet:

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This alone is probably one of the worst things about working in a call center. Big brother is watching, and he's very particular about your tone.

18. You have trouble sounding sincere on the phone whenever a customer complains.


You're not really sorry.

19. You make this face because you talk to no less than 50 people who don't understand what a HIPAA violation is.

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I know you're the spouse, but I still can't talk to you without an authorization. Good day!

20. And every. single. day. is mentally taxing.

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But somehow you make it through, always vowing that each day is your last.

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