Work has been way more stressful in the last 6-ish months or so than it has been in a few years. A big culprit is change. We’ve gone through a lot of upheaval in the last year and as Garth would say… The most recent frustration, which is not a new one, has to do with the annual evaluation process. My problem is with the grading scale, which is a three-point system. So, while officially the scale is Outstanding, Successful, and Needs Improvement, what it really means is that you are either Amazing, Fine, or you Suck. For years I didn’t care as long as I got Successful so I would get the yearly pay bump and not get fired. Then a few years ago, while putting together my self-evaluation, I realized how much stuff I actually do here. The truth is, on the days I work, I do more to keep the place open and running (i.e., the day-to-day operations) than anyone else. That’s not to say that my coworkers don’t do a lot, because they do. They just do other stuff more often than the basics of keeping the lights on and helping customers. This does not bother me because I like knowing what my role is and that I am helping my coworkers do all of the awesome stuff that they do. I just wish I got recognized for it. Now I know that I am not a perfect employee, far from it in fact, but I’m better than “Fine.” I am a solid B or on the Meltzer scale I’m a 4.0. That cannot be quantified or qualified in this current system and that drives me crazy.