So, I quit my job last week. I lasted one week past a year. Unfortunately it got to be a toxic workplace which was causing enough stress to trigger my MS symptoms. I was waking up with tremors and numb legs.
Basically the bookstore I was working at was struggling and I was being made the scapegoat. Instead of recognizing that our marketing and advertising needed to improve to bring in more customers, the owner decided I was a lousy book seller. I kept telling him I can’t sell if no one is there, but he can’t understand the concept.
So he forced me to do ridiculous role playing activities for three days. When he started in on me again the fourth day I quit. It came down to he wanted me to do hard sales and force people to buy a bunch of books each time they came in.
My method was customer service. Make a friend, they buy more, and they come back. Ironically he admitted I know childrens books better than anyone and the customers love me, but still says I can’t sell them.
I have over 3000 books in my personal library and have always read a lot, so I was really good at helping refer people to new books. He admitted he doesn’t know books. He just pulls random ones off the shelf and tries to force people to buy them.
Anyway, I’ll miss the customers a lot, but I’m enjoying my time off and my health is better for it. I am very blessed to have a husband with a great job so I think I’ll stay away from working for now.
Sorry for the long post. I just needed to vent. You’re all amazing support.