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5 Things Every Corporate Employee Complains About

09 August 2016

If you are just starting out in the corporate world, there may be things about your job or company that you don't like. It is important to understand that you are not alone. There are many complaints that corporate employees have. While there is likely not much you can do about these issues, it is a good idea to understand that you are not alone.

Mandatory Overtime

There is going to come a time in your career that your team or department is working on a huge project, and your typical 40 hours a week will not be enough to get the job done on time. This is when your superior will inform you that you are required to do mandatory overtime. This could mean coming in early, leaving late, or working weekends. While mandatory overtime can be a huge inconvenience, there isn't much you can do about it. The best thing that you can do for your career is to be a team player and finish the project without complaining.

Dress Code

Some corporate offices have a more strict dress code than others. Either way, most would require that you wear business attire to work each day. For men, this means a suit and tie. For women, this means a pants suit or a skirt or dress. Many corporate employees don't like dressing like this every day. If you are lucky, your office has 'casual Friday.' If not, you need to dress according to the code and keep your complaints to yourself.

Weekly Meetings

Many corporate offices have weekly meetings for the individual teams or departments. Some offices have these meetings more than once a week. This can be annoying for employees. Most people don't like to be torn away from an important project that they are working on to attend these meetings. It is important to understand that these meetings are designed to be informative. Supervisors will never do anything to waste time, therefore, the meetings are important. The idea is to suck it up, smile and pay attention during the meeting.

Short Lunch Breaks

Many corporate offices have taken the employee lunch hour and reduced it to a half hour. Most corporate employees don't think that this is enough time to eat lunch. If you work in a very large building, it can take half of your lunch hour just to get to the cafeteria or out to your car. By the time you sit down to eat, your lunch hour is over. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change lunch hour policies. The only thing that you can do is find a way to get everything done in that half hour that your employer provides you.

Empty or Substandard Vending Machines

Many corporate employees rely on the coffee vending machines in the office to get their daily caffeine fix. They also rely on the snack and soda machines to get them through the day without being hungry. Many corporate offices are more focused on revenue generating projects than making sure that the vending machines are properly stocked. Many corporate offices have monthly Town Hall Meetings for any subjects to be discussed. This is a great time to mention the coffee and snack vending machines. If your office does not have these types of meetings, you could mention it to your supervisor during a weekly meeting or during your performance review. Just be sure to do it in a tactful, polite way.

Getting a job in a corporate office is a great career move. Unfortunately, things won't always be perfect. Just grin and bear it.