The Vixen Thinks: Your Retail Job Is What You Make Of It



Retail. Never have I ever seen more people complain about their jobs than I have done when it comes to retail. Whether I'm browsing Tumblr or aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, it seems every day I manage to come across someone complaining about their retail job. Whether it's the hours they work or the customers they serve, there's always someone having a good go at the sector.

Just stop it. 

Personally, I believe it is far more of a reflection on you than it is on retail when you are constantly whining about your job.

Let me explain where I'm coming from. For a year and half, I worked for Superdrug. In this time I worked for two different stores, one large one and one small one, where I made the decision to become a Team Leader. And I loved it. While working in a beauty store as a beauty blogger was obviously enjoyable, I enjoyed being active and on my feet all day and I enjoyed the large variety of people I got to speak to on a daily basis - elements common to all retail jobs.

Sure, some people that came in that were less than pleasant. I've had customers demanding refunds for opened ear plugs and obviously used makeup, I've had to ask others to leave after being so rude to a member of my staff. Yet, at the end of the day, this is no skin off my nose.

When someone walks into a shop and makes the decision to be rude to the staff or be overly demanding, they choose to be that way. People who are nasty to shop staff, waiters, taxi drivers and the like are nasty people full stop, it is very rarely a genuine reflection on the service they receive.

So why should you be bothered when you deal with a tricky customer? Just as they can choose to be awful, you choose whether to be affected by it. You can choose to let someone's impoliteness ruin your whole day and view of working in retail, or you can choose to forget about it and enjoy the positive side of your job.

When you says things like "I hate people" or "The customer is always WRONG," you're not making revelations about society, you're just revealing what a little ball of negativity you yourself are.

There are elements that suck about every job, just as there are benefits to every job. Personally, I choose to focus on the positives. Watch how quickly your mood changes when you change your attitude!

There are definitely worse jobs than retail out there, how would you like to be the person responsible for cleaning up murder scenes, or the cleaner at a peep show?

Your shop job doesn't sound so bad now does it?