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Old 07-09-2007, 06:59 PM
Location: VA
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So many jobs in America are just plain dull and boring. You are forced to do the same task over and over and over and over!! To think that will be your existence for 8-12 hours a day seems scary. How can people do it? How about you?
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:15 PM
Location: Edina, MN
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I hate my job too---with a passion. Am dying to get out & do something new. Can't wait to go back to school & finish my degree with something I'm actually interested in. It takes all my strength just to get up another day to a job I loathe--and bores me to tears-I only do it because I have to support myself. The bills won't pay themselves
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:18 PM
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Do you have trouble doing the same task over and over at work?

I have trouble with that at home!
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:38 PM
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I like my job a lot (well, most of it anyway), but I HATE writing my progress notes on my clients!!!! It is so monotonous !!! I spend 2-4 hours a day writing notes on the same clients everyday!
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Old 07-11-2007, 12:44 AM
Location: NoVa
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Well, this is how I see it. Yes, I do the same thing everyday. BUT...for different people. Each patient is a different person, and each task may be the same, but takes on a different meaning to that person. Sometimes one of much greater importance to one than another. So, for me, it is not a mundane task.

Even answering the phone. Each call is different. Sometimes just speaking with someone, I have truly helped them, made their day. They benefit from it, another time, they find out when their appt is.

The tasks are the same, but the meaning behind them are always different, and will always have a different outcome. Will this test reveal cancer? Will this test show us the cancer has finally gone?

Will checking out this patient be mundane? Here comes Ms. Holland.. she needs a hug.... she gets it, and boy, how does she smile, and how it has made her day.

My tasks are tasks. Yes. Boring and mundane, never.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:46 AM
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Yes, which is why on my resume I put I would prefer to work in a "project oriented environment"... don't like to work assembly line style that is for sure.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:09 AM
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The only "production" job I've ever had was stuffing those advertising inserts in the Sunday paper; HATED it. I am NOT the "production" type. Friends have asked me why I enjoy what they believe is the "monotony" of driving a truck. Even though I run the same areas all the time (OH, IN & KY) I never get bored. There's always somthing new to see and different lighting changes the way familar scenery looks. And looking out for other rivers is ALWAYS exciting...
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:17 AM
Location: The Bronx
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It does get old. The upside is that you can kind of go on "auto-pilot" and think about something else.

I recall once, on a temp assignment, being asked to sort 10,000 cancelled checks, put them in numerical order. Once I figured out how to do it effectively (10 piles, one for each thousand; then 100 piles, one for each hundred; etc) it was kind of like playing a huge hand of Solitaire.

But, managements efforts to dumb down and idiot proof every imaginable task hurts, rather than helps employee productivity. People don't work harder because you insult them.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:42 AM
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Horrible, but never dull and boring. So have quit! Now looking for that wonderful dull and boring job!! Be careful what you wish for....
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:47 AM
Location: Debary, Florida
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I used to work for a call center in insurance industry. My favorite part was when they would get me to audit. They would stack up print outs of the peoples work and I would sit ALL DAY scanning over these pages, checking what was in the computer and seeing what had been done wrong.

I had my head phones on and I would completely LOOSE myself. I loved it. I could sit there for hours and never put my head up or get distracted.
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