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Old 04-22-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Hartford, CT
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...but someone's gotta do the job.

Some of you on here might remember my thread from two years ago, titled "My career sucks and I hate corporate America." Well guess what? I'm still working the same job, and I am going to stay, at least for now.

There are three key things that are important to me when deciding to stay at a job or not:
  1. Am I getting paid well enough to live comfortably?
  2. Am I getting positive performance evaluations from management?
  3. Is the work/life balance good?
Thankfully, the answer to all three of those questions is yes, for my current job, which I have held for two years now. I keep getting a 3% raise every year, along with a 9-12% lump sum bonus on annual salary, each year. The benefits are excellent, too. I have always received average/positive evaluations from my manager, who repeatedly tells me that I'm on track for advancement. And I generally work 40 hours per week, with occasional overtime.

With that said, I must admit, I generally do not like the job. The department is rather disorganized, old school, and makes things much more complicated than they need to be. Plus, the managers are not appealing to work for. This has made it that much harder for me to learn and succeed. In many ways, I feel like an empty suit. I'm almost puzzled that my manager keeps giving me increasingly positive reviews. What's going on here?

Anyway, I am beginning to have a firm belief that work is generally not meant to be fun or liked. Generally speaking, the higher the job pays, the more demanding the job is. That's how the American free market system works, right? Those who enjoy their job either changed their attitude and mentality, or they are among the minority who actually likes their job and looks forward to going to work every day.

Plus, looking back at my previous jobs (3 total), I have to admit, I didn't like ANY of them. They all sucked in one way or another. Most bosses are not enjoyable to work for, period. So, now that I'm on my 4th job, I'm clearly seeing the pattern. In short, here is what I have learned:

Most jobs are not meant to be fun or likeable to the average American. That's why it's called work. The alternative to working would be not working. And it's almost impossible to live a quality standard of living that way. In this free market society, we give higher rewards to those who are willing and able to deal with undesirable jobs that require more responsibility. Those who want to have a "fun" job will simply not get paid as much, and will probably not have as comfortable of a standard of living. Work to live; don't live to work, is my philosophy. Human nature wants to consume, not produce.

Those who enjoy their jobs are either (a) working for less money, (b) changed their attitude toward the job, or (c) are among the lucky minority who genuinely likes their job and gets paid well (about 20% of the working population, according to studies).

So then, if I was to get a new job, there's a high likelihood that the new job will ALSO suck. And a high likelihood that I will be working for someone that drives me insane.

Again, all that matters to me now is income, performance and work/life balance.

Does anyone share my philosophy on these matters?
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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A lot of people hate working. But you have to work. How do you handle that? You work for less time. I like to work 4 hours/day, for example.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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That's too bad OP.

I love my job... the money and benefits are good. I get all the overtime I want. The 8 or so people on my shift all have personalities like mine and we get along great. The job itself is not hard... I run CNC machines and after setting them up I spend the majority of my shift (80%) watching them run... the rest of the time is spent changing them over for the next job and/or doing paperwork.

In short, the job is stress free and easy. Next month will be a year and I have never once dreaded going in to work... I'm there every day. I go in, do the job, get paid, and go home... all while having a good time.

I guess I'm lucky? LOL
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:32 PM
 
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That's too bad OP.

I love my job... the money and benefits are good. I get all the overtime I want. The 8 or so people on my shift all have personalities like mine and we get along great. The job itself is not hard... I run CNC machines and after setting them up I spend the majority of my shift (80%) watching them run... the rest of the time is spent changing them over for the next job and/or doing paperwork.

In short, the job is stress free and easy. Next month will be a year and I have never once dreaded going in to work... I'm there every day. I go in, do the job, get paid, and go home... all while having a good time.

I guess I'm lucky? LOL
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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I'm in the same boat OP. I just work for money, I could care less about the work I'm doing or the people I work with.

I invest a little each month for retirement. Once I've accumulated enough to retire, I won't even bother calling in to quit. I won't care.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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I think OP's attitude is quite common. I always wanted work that burned inside me, that I wanted to accomplish, that felt like a reason to live.
Oddly enough, this turned out to be impossible. Go figure.
Now, having a job one hates, where you dread getting out of bed, is also impossible to tolerate. But thinking that one should LOVE the work/job (as I used to wish) can certainly interfere with necessary compromise.
I had a side job, copyediting from home, that I loved. It was a contractor thing, and was about 15 hours a week for eight years, then it ended. It was never going to be a full-blown job.
I have come and gone from my current job four times, and have used these skills elsewhere and had different fields of endeavor. I loathed tech writing so much, that when I'd come out of the office, I'd feel dread because it was only about 12 hours until I'd wake up and have to do it again. It is impossible to feel that bad and keep going.
So I went back to my main bread and butter. Realized late in the game (late 40s) that I was in an old-fashioned pension plan that is extremely stable and lucrative. Have stayed at this job 13 years this time and have at least three more to go before I could consider taking the pension out while working part time, and working longer full-time if no part-time was available.
I don't hate my job. I'm tired of it, and its drawbacks. I would never do it if it were low paid or has lousy benefits. I am very good at what I do.
It is not my identity, despite the many years I've put in. I can't say, "I am a ___." I can say, "I work as a ____."
When I'm finished, I doubt I'll give it another thought.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I don't have to love my job. I just have to not hate it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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if you have great coworkers,boss, it can be fun.. at least it was when i had a job
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Ever look into dangerous jobs? Six figure pay is there for many of them.

Many of the guys who do these jobs, it's not a job it's a passion. You don't despise your coworkers, you possess the utmost respect and trust for them. For many, those they work with just aren't coworkers, just aren't friends, but the best men at each other's weddings.

Dangerous jobs are everywhere, many unheard of, most just looking for a man with the spirit of adventure and nads to do it.

Call it stupid, or call it life.


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Old 04-22-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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Ever look into dangerous jobs? Six figure pay is there for many of them.

Many of the guys who do these jobs, it's not a job it's a passion. You don't despise your coworkers, you possess the utmost respect and trust for them. For many, those they work with just aren't coworkers, just aren't friends, but the best men at each other's weddings.

Dangerous jobs are everywhere, many unheard of, most just looking for a man with the spirit of adventure and nads to do it.

Call it stupid, or call it life.


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I would have a heart attack halfway up that tower. lol
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