I feel useless at work

Since the pandemic started I got hired to sanitize things that people touch and soon I'll be laid off because the pendemic is expected to end soon. I seriously walk in circles wiping stuff down and I gained pretty much no skill beside that fact that my employer allowed me to drive a work vehicle and my co workers and carpool to work.

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  • Remember you're only there for a paycheck

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  • Perhaps you could ask to be cross trained in another department? The Target I work at hired people to do nothing but sanitize stuff and once the Covid restrictions were lifted, those employees were trained in other departments like Market and Flexible Fulfillment.

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  • This is a long post (sorry). I believe you will find it useful if you really want to improve your future.

    I feel your frustration. However, you were hired to do a very low skilled basic job; and it appears that we may be coming to an end of the need for that service in many industries.

    I note that health care facilities have full time staff that does that job on a bit more expanded scale. It's an important job - and you often have a chance to transfer into other jobs if you are a good worker.

    However; I'd like to point out some basic facts:

    1) Jobs exist for the benefit of the employer. Not for the benefit of the employee. Any business owner would tell you that an ideal business has no - or few - employees.

    In is not necessarily in the best interest of the employer to train you for a better job. In some cases it is; but, you should not count on that.

    2) You can never be paid what you are actually worth in a job; because the company must make a profit on what you do if they are to remain in business.

    3) The way people should look at jobs is that: "Jobs are a temporary situation until something better comes along."

    Along with that - you should have been looking for something better while you have a job (and perhaps that's just a better job within the same company). But, you should always know where you can jump to if your job ends.

    People who actually make the most money in life tend to jump from company to company periodically during their life; because you can almost always jump into a better pay, benefits, working condition raise by moving to another company than staying with the company you are at.

    4) People who get paid the most are people who develop good people skills (often called emotional intelligence). You should be reading "self help" books and doing similar training much of your entire life if you want to get ahead

    People who read books for education retain far more information than people who listen to podcasts or watch videos of the same material: This is because reading is an active involvement and you hear the material in your own voice. Listening and watching is passive - and its far easier to let your mind wander and stop paying attention.

    The one exception to this is people who have been specifically trained as "active listeners" to be able to maintain focus and repeat what is being said in their minds as its being presented: These people are usually blind and have had to learn this "active listening" skill to be able to progress in the world.

    The most common 2 best books I recommend to read first for personal development are:

    Note: these are the two books that people who I gave them too told me that they made a real difference right away)

    - "How To Win Friends & Influence People In The Digital Age" by: Dale Carnegie and Associates

    - "The Compound Effect" by: Darren Hardy. This book is about how to become more successful at anything.

    5) You may be frustrated with jobs because you have the type of personality that would be more successful as self employed, a business builder, or an investor (if you have enough money to invest).

    On Average - Successful Self Employed people make about twice the wages of the average employee in their field.

    Successful Business Builders often make 5-20 times of the average managers in their businesses (and the sky is the limit - most $Billionaires are from this way).

    Employees can learn about the other areas of making money and develop into them - if they are willing to work at it.

    You may wish to look into that; and I suggest that you read the following book to educate you about these areas:

    - "Cashflow Quadrant" by: Robert Kiyosaki

    If you find these books informative - you can pm me and I may be able to recommend books and actions more specific to you and your situation. I enjoy assisting other people to succeed.

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  • Come on now you gotta turn that frown upside down

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  • You've got to m to make your own opportunity. Ask questions about other jobs, and as if you could try it. Then when someone calls off, they'll know you could fill in. Then you'll be worth more to them than just a cleaner.

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  • go get a different job.

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  • That's a pretty seriously low-skill job. However, how did you deal with that responsibility? Was your time-keeping good? Did you constantly whine and create issues for your immediate supervisor, or did you play your appointed role as a tiny cog in the corporate machine without making life more difficult for your boss, your colleagues and any members of the public you came into contact with?

    Simply being able to show that you are capable of getting your ass out of bed in the morning so you show up at work on time, and then carry out your appointed tasks conscientiously will put you above a lot of others as far as prospective employers are concerned.

    I have no idea what sector of the economy you work in, where you live or what firm you've been working for, but a lot of companies are having serious problems with recruitment at the moment. If you're fairly certain your current line managers have a positive view of you as a person and your work ethic, you've got nothing to lose by talking to them about whether there might be other opportunities available for you in the company.

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    • I do my job and stay out of drama but honestly calling into work sick buying booze and feeling sorry for myself was the worst thing that I have done and sometimes wasting time but thanks anyways I like the replies that I got

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      • Anyone who says that they never waste time at work is almost certainly a liar. One of the most important life-skills anyone can learn is how to slide by on the minimum effort while keeping the boss happy. Once you get beyond the sphere of classic mom-and-pop operations and into the realm of corporations, your direct supervisors and everyone else on the corporate tree above them doesn't give a shit about you, so why the hell should you slave away for them if there's no possible benefit to you in the medium- or long-term?

        Calling in sick so you can self-medicate your borderline depression with booze really ain't a good look as far as employers are concerned (and it's not great for you either), but the last eighteen months have done a serious number on an awful lot of people's heads. As long as your drinking is under control and you haven't been abusing sick time and causing regular staff scheduling problems, it's probably not a biggie.

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