Worker compares former retail job to new office job in TikTok

TikToker Sab (@sabsie.lady) explained that you’re never prepared to make the transition from a retail job to an office job. The video was viewed over 230,000 times on Sunday.

“I’ve literally been sitting in an office all day and just—” says the TikToker while mimicking typing on her keyboard. “I did it all day, eight hours.”

Sab shares how she felt like she was doing nothing all day because she was just typing on the computer while her boss acknowledged how much work Sab put in.

The TikToker gave another example where she was 15 minutes late and called her boss to let her know. She says she was shocked by her boss’s reaction.

“She’s like, ‘Oh don’t worry, you don’t even have to tell me. Just come whenever you stay eight hours, that’s cool’,” Sab claims her boss told her. “If I had my last job, I would have ended up in jail.”

Sab says her last retail job, which was at a “well-known West Coast liquor chain,” was good, but even in the “chilliest positions” it was still difficult.

“I know it sounds silly, but I didn’t think ‘talking around the water coolers’ was real, I thought it was just something in movies,” she says.

Sab further compares the two jobs, claiming that even their energy before and after work is so different.

“All I have to say is the future is bright, if you feel like you’re stuck in a retail job or a service job, you know the future is bright,” she says. “I was also stuck and I waited and waited and waited and I got this job. Everything will be fine, I promise.”


I now have a WALLET

♬ Original sound – sab

Users in the comments related to their situation and understood their point of view on office and retail jobs.

One user wrote: “Retail is a cruel and unusual punishment.”

Another user commented, “Working a desk job when you’re used to breaking your back for retail is a surreal experience.”

“I’ve had an office job for four years now and it still baffles me that this is my life now,” wrote one viewer. “I still do customer service, but nobody yells at me.”

Another viewer offered advice on how to make your work in office jobs permanent.

“The most important lesson you need to learn is how to work slower and make your work last all week. It’s a crawl, not a marathon,” they wrote.

The Daily Dot reached out to TikToker via comment on the video.


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*Initial publication: November 27, 2022 at 8:30 am CST

Linda Hamilton

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