Empaths & Work
I guess it was in my early 20’s that I was pushed into the real world of responsibilities and work and began my journey that I realized that empaths like myself and many of you out there are magnets to damaged people and dark energy. It wasn’t until I was in a chaotic call center with over 500 + employees did I realize the magnitude of the negativity that lingers in job places. Although we have tools to protect us when you are in such a large space for 8 hours a day or longer, it starts to take a lot of your energy.
I survived working in such a place for 8 years and during my time there I was constantly sick. I remember getting walking pneumonia the first month after starting in this place. I was surrounded by co-workers who did whatever they wanted. Gossip was every corner and bosses and employees crossed lines that were forbidden in the employee handbook. Perhaps you can say this applies to most places, you will always find some select group or click that thrives on negativity.
What I didn’t realize was why so many people came to me to talk about their problems or just stir up a random conversation. I always pushed myself away from this and tried to avoid being caught up in these drama infused places but in certain ways I learned a lot about myself. I was the one person who people would go to for answers about work too, finding solutions and ultimately sacrificing going to the bathroom and holding it in (TMI) to just finish a report, to finish projects that had deadlines.
In a call center you can move from one team to another, you can move up and so your supervisors and management is constantly changing as much as polices and metrics do. These places are full of low vibrations not only do you endure abuse from clients who are seeking credit on their phone bill or wanting the latest phone for free because now days, many have this sense of entitlement to everything on earth. I’m surprised we are not charged for breathing, better not jinx myself.
I moved up in the company and was a senior business analyst and had various people I reported to. I remember when the company was changing in management groups one person looked for any imperfection in my work ethic to get rid of me. I had insane deadlines given and tasks that made no sense. I was one of the hardest workers but the thing they did not like or appreciate was my ability to see past their bullshit. I faced criticism, while I did most of their work for them and they took the credit. Many bosses out there love to do that to their employees. I was positioned in a place near everyone so that they could come to me for help instead of going to the managers who were the ones actually paid to provide support but rather sat and gossiped and did many other things that they shouldn’t have. Many people would probably ask themselves why didn’t you look for another job being that I am a college graduate with a degree in business. The answer to that was that I did, but in the town, I live in, it’s not what you know but who you know. Many hire from within but for legal reasons must advertise their job postings but never plan on hiring anyone from the outside. Sometimes there are exceptions but that is rare.
The call center ended up closing down and they chose to move all jobs overseas because the pay is cheaper and they save money. Long story short, I learned that when you are an empath/sensitive you will always encounter negativity in the work place. It’s like a plague and sometimes unavoidable. I moved into retail and worked at a famous craft retailer and the same patterns occurred. I was laughed at for sweating profusely while doing things like pushing carts outside, stocking aisles and getting paid minimum wage. I saw my boss verbally castigate other employees and make fun of a handicap part time employee behind his back. I called my boss out and told him that was not right and did my best to help my handicap friend. He was a good soul. I had many customers come into the store daily and tell me when I was doing cashiering that I didn’t belong in this job, I was better than this. I was good at cashiering and I did understand where they were coming from but like many of you ask. Was I at where I was supposed to be? The answer is yes, I was already aware of my abilities and spirit told me this was part of my life lessons and lessons as an empath to be in different types of work and to use this knowledge.
Many people feel as if what they are currently doing is not perhaps where they should be and while this is true, nothing is a coincidence. We are all where we are supposed to be for a purpose. As empaths you will have many experiences in your work place that are negative, unethical, and even dramatic but do what is right always. That is one thing I always did, I always made the right choices and kept a smile on my face while doing my work. I found each place I worked, I loved my job and what I did but eventually had to move away from that to embark on my true path. Along the way I felt lost at times and wondered if I would ever truly be happy and I finally found that.
Our work environments can really change you as a person and make you hard on the inside and also dark. It’s up to you to take your light and wrap that around you in the place you work at, regardless of how horrid the conditions are and know that they are temporary, and you can find something else. I eventually did and I’m happier now than what I have ever been.
A jealous employee is going to show their jealousy and use it towards you because either they feel insecure of their own job, they want to move up at any means, they want to be as close as to the boss as they can be even if that means being the most hated person. Their goal is control and power. Once they have it, they go on a power trip. However, their own demise is that they will use their control in such a way that their true intentions will be unmasked. Don’t feed into their negativity but rather keep a paper trail of everything. Document in your own journal things that are occurring.
Watch out for the narcissistic employees who are full of gossip, always blaming their problems on others in the office and never take accountability for their mistakes. These are energy vampires and often love to dump all their problems at home and at the work place on an empath looking for energy to feed on. Empaths are like a buffet to them.
Slackers are the ones who are lazy and do nothing or do the bare minimum just to say they did something. They often allow the ones who apply themselves to do the hard work and pick up after them, especially if your work structure and chain of command is team work. Don’t worry these people usually get exposed and you should focus on your job.
I could go on, but I wrote this article with the premise of letting many who will read this, to know they are not alone. I have been there and have experienced many of the things listed here and things I will not mention because they are just too many. Wear amulets of protection, keep crystals in your pocket or desk if allowed, sage yourself after work, pray, meditate and keep distance from negative people and energies as much as you can.
If all else fails and you still are unhappy about your current job, start searching while you are still employed and keep looking. You will find something you like and that is right for you. One tip to go by that I learned after the experiences I had was to feel the vibe you get when you are interviewed. Not just by your boss but the workplace. Feel the energy and if it feels wrong, no matter how much pay you are going to receive, expect nothing but a negative experience and bad energy to follow. Often, we can avoid these types of jobs if we only listen to the energy and feel it and not be led by the pay rate or benefits. That is a huge trap for many.
Don’t live your life full of regrets or doing something that makes you feel dead inside but rather reach for your dreams and goals. The universe will help you along the way.