What I Learned From My 5 Worst Work Experiences

And how I’d handle them differently today

Stephanie D. Rondeau
Word Garden

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Photo by Julien L on Unsplash

I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about awful work experiences I’ve had. And a while ago, one of my favorite fellow Medium creators, Christina, wrote a post about her worst work experiences.

It led me to reflect on mine.

Thanks for the PTSD, Christina.

I kid, I kid. But some of these were pretty awful. So here, in no particular order, are 5 of my worst work experiences.

The doctor who told me I looked disabled when I was pregnant

He, of course, was high up and powerful. And I was not. I was a lowly tech, seven months pregnant, attempting to stand from a rolling stool one day in my office.

“You look disabled,” he said, with a rather disgusted look on his face. I was mortified—and full of rage. And to make it worse? No one in the room said anything to him, including me.

I still think about this one often—the inappropriate comment, the condescension from an older man to a younger woman, the professional heirarchy at play, and most of all, my fear of standing up for myself.

The takeaway:

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Stephanie D. Rondeau
Word Garden

MS, ATC, CSCS. Kidlit author and editor, query liaison. Mostly writes about writing, health and wellness, feminism, and parenting. Occasionally funny.