Four Common Issues of Minimum Wage Jobs and What to Do About Them

by Bill on December 12, 2013

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For anyone working a minimum wage job there are always job issues. The many job hassles seem endless on certain days, leading to job stress.

With each minimum wage job there are four distinct categories of job issues which cause the job to take a negative overtone. 

What to Do About Vanishing Co-Workers at a Minimum Wage Job

While this is a problem with almost any occupation, dealing with this negative at the minimum wage seems harder. Why? The vanishing co-worker creates more job stress and hassle. Job responsibilities will fall to you to cover their inactivity. And at minimum wage, it always seems unfair that you get paid the same rate as they do.

Try asking the boss where the missing employee is. Do this enough times and someone will notice. You can also deal with it by simply continue working at your pace and the problem will take care of itself, or get fired, in time. Do not allow yourself to go to extremes (either becoming lazy on the job or becoming stressed out over the amount of work piling on).

The Know-It-All at the Minimum Wage Job

There is always one of this type of employee in every job. Issues and problems will always have an answer when they are around. They will feel better than you, more motivated than you, and proceed to inform you of how they would run the show if given the chance.

Get around the person by walking away if possible; sometimes they will get the hint or find another target to focus on someplace else. If you can’t get away from them, try to continue working around them. Move them aside as you work, but keep working.

Do not confront the person. This job hassle can not be solved by trying to prove them wrong or telling them so. They are too set in their own personal aura to be brought out of it.

Minimum Wage Jobs are a Hard Job For Little Pay

One of the job issues with working for minimum wage is the fact that it always seems as if the less you are paid, the more work you are expected to do. There is never a quality issue at the job, it is seemingly always about how fast you can get it done or how efficient you are.

How do you get around it? You don’t; this is simply a part of minimum wage work which has existed longer than minimum wage was an actual term. Deal with it by pacing yourself as best as possible. While the job is supposed to function around efficiency, it is more about endurance; getting into a steady pace will get you through the day. What you don’t want to do is completely stop working. Beyond the boss somehow knowing you’ve stopped, your body will know it and any energy you had will dissipate.

Handling the Boss at a Low Wage Job

Speaking of the boss; while they probably don’t mean to be a hassle to the job, they can bring plenty of job stress. It is their job to ensure everything is running according to whatever plans or procedures have been set up long before you arrived.

Normally you can’t get around the boss. The boss probably hasn’t done your job in a long time, if ever, and only knows one way to do things. Although occasionally, and especially in food related work, they can teach a thing or two. If the boss is right, deal with it by admitting it and change gears. If the boss is wrong, listen to what they have to say and make the situation work as best to both persons advantage. Don’t get in the boss’s face. This is especially true if you need the job. Causing job stress for the boss will only cause more job stress for you.

Working a minimum wage job can be hard enough at times. Learning how to deal with these four issues can help lower job stress at least for today. Try it out.

What’s your experience with minimum wage work?

William Swan, writer

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