Tell Me What's the Most Annoying Part of Your Job

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The Atlantic is launching another feature about you and how you work, and we want your words.

Our question: What's the most annoying thing about your job? Tell us what about your line of work makes it hardest for you to get out of bed in the morning. And do your best to make it somewhat universal. Are your customers routinely rude or unappreciative? Tell me! Is your industry or line of work biased against your gender? Tell me!

Do try to keep it as broadly applicable as possible. If the most annoying part of your job is that your chair doesn't have a left arm, we're sorry to hear it, but we're probably not going to publish it. Think of it this way. If it's worth a call to your help desk, call your help desk. If it's something you'd tell a group friends at a happy hour or dinner, tell us first.


We want to hear from everybody: health care workers, attorneys, teachers, librarians, stay-at-home parents, freelancers. No matter your profession or industry, we want to hear from you.

Type your response in the comment section below, email us at aboutmyjob1@gmail.com, send your response to our Tumblr, or simply leave a comment under this article. We read them all. Each submission will be published anonymously. We hope to roll out the first batch of responses later this week.

Thank you! We look forward to reading and publishing your responses.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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