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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM
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I'm curious....how many people out there feel this way -- yes I've worked hard, yes I've a achieved a certain amount, but where I am now is enough for me, I'm burned out, tired, not interested in my job anymore, don't want to work....and really just want to coast and work as little as possible until retirement.

People deny this this. But once I have a real conversation with them they'll eventually admit -- well yeah I'm just place holding until i can get out of here. Why aren't more people honest with themselves? I'm not saying tell your boss this, but at least don't lie to yourself.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:40 AM
Location: USA
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It's unfortunate that people feel this way, though not surprising. I think we've all felt this way at various times in our careers.

I think the problem stems from a lack of accomplishment in the modern work world. On the one hand, there are many jobs where it is very difficult to feel any sense of accomplishment, such as stocking shelves or flipping burgers. The task is finished immediately, but there is no room for pride, creativity, or achievement.

On the flip side, in the higher-end professions, one can be so far removed from the end result (such as designing a new product that might take years to make it to market), that it is easy to lose track of one's purpose as the months fly by. Also, jobs like this tend to be heavily burdened by management silliness: time wasted in meetings, time wasted convincing management that the laws of physics are not optional, etc. The same idea comes into play when dealing with difficult coworkers, other departments that aren't doing their job, etc. Somewhere along the way, the sense of "Wow, I'm designing or building a new car/plane/engine/sensor/whatever!" goes out the door and is replaced with, "Why the heck can't Bob do his job? Why can't management understand that the parts cannot be delivered the day after we order them? Why won't Purchasing actually purchase our parts?" and so on. It can become very soul-draining.

There's no clear answer for this, though better leadership helps. Employees should always be encouraged and rewarded for what they did correctly, and they should never be burdened with responsibility without power. For example, it makes no sense to blame Engineering for Purchasings mistakes, especially if the engineers did everything they could to make life easier for the people in Purchasing.

Also, I've found that it is very important to let everyone involved see the final product and know that it is successful. When one spends a year designing a widget that won't make it into the final product until several more years later, it is easy to feel that there's no real point to any of it. By seeing the final result, it gives a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that all that work did count for something and produce a working product.

In the end, that's what it is all about - building working products and/or providing needed services.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:46 AM
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You got that right.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:17 PM
Location: Dallas TX
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I honestly wish I was. I left a job I was coasting, and wanted more of a challenge and a career. WRONG CHOICE (for me)
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