Ever Encountered a Workplace Bully?
I wish I could say that all of my trucker coworkers helpful or had my best interests at heart. Unfortunately, that was not the case. One particular person always comes to mind when I recall my hardest days as a driver hauling sand.
To this day I have not figured out what I ever did to that woman that made her hate me so much. She made it her mission to bash me at every turn while I was learning my new job. Of course, I was a terrible driver at first. Who isn’t when you come out of a truck driving school with no experience? But it seemed like she had it in for me from the beginning.
Oh, she pretended to be my friend and tried to give me advice as a senior operator should have done. But the minute my back was turned, she would talk about me, how bad a driver I was, how the men behaved on locations when I’d show up, how I didn’t pre-trip my trucks correctly, or how I didn’t pay attention to what was going on when I went to locations. The woman had several complaints for the boss when it came to me. Why? I haven’t a clue.
I used her behavior in my first two books, Mother Trucker and Trucktress to create the character of Betty, and also as a form of therapy to help me try and cope with the unpleasant experiences I encountered as a trucker. Thankfully, nothing negative ever deterred me from pursuing the dream, though. I pushed through all the obstacles to become a bonafide mothertrucker. Remember, work bullies love nothing more than to see you struggling. Never let them have the satisfaction of pushing you off the path to success!