I work at a local grocery/retail store as a department clerk. The job itself is tolerable, if not boring and mundane. My boss, however, makes it a nightmare. She’s extremely particular about how everything is done in her department. Everything from the organization of our backroom supplies to duty prioritization. No matter what I decide to handle first, it’s the wrong thing. Unload pallets first, items to the shelf second? Wrong, have to make room in the cooler for the unloaded items. Items to the shelf first, unload pallets second? Wrong, we can’t leave the pallets in the receiving area.
I’m perfectly capable of knowing what needs to be done and I can keep the whole department stocked and clean by myself, but her micromanaging makes me 5 times more stressed than I need to be. If I’m doing something right, it takes too long. If I’m doing it quickly, it’s not done right. Her chastisement is not the constructive kind, but more of the “you did this wrong, you’ve been here X hours why isn’t this done, this/that/the other wasn’t done” kind of way. Regardless of how well I think I’m doing my job, I always end my shift feeling more stressed, angry, and worse about myself than at the beginning. I think about quitting daily, and I actually pray that I get fired somehow so I can just take off my apron and leave. I’m looking into switching departments, preferably as far from my current department as possible. Is it unreasonable to leave a job after 3-4 months? I don’t have rent or anything to pay right now so I don’t have a huge problem with it.