TGIF

I thought Office Space was stinking hysterical but I didn’t get it 100% until I worked in an office environment for the first time as a temp.

 

I never really got TGIF until I started working Monday to Friday (Monday to Saturday, Sunday to Friday), 9-5 (9-5:30, 8-5:30, 8-6…).

 

I never REALLY understood but I do now.

 

I always felt bad for all the people who felt enslaved by the drudgery of their 9-5 lives. Of course I have worked full-time before but I was usually in the position to take care of scheduling. I could make my own hours (how spoiled was I???). Or, I worked contract. Having an end date made all the difference.

 

A long time ago, I had a conversation with one of my uncles. I was at the point where I was trying to decide what to do with my life. (I am still trying to figure it out, d@mnit!) You either live to work or you work to live.

 

Hmmm….

 

One mode of thinking is that you spend so many of your waking hours at work, why not do something you like? The other uses work as a means to do the things you really want to do. I have since had people say never do anything you love to do because you will come to hate it…Great, like I need downtrodden cynics to give me more contrary advice!

 

I have tried both- out of necessity and by choice. (Not having a mortgage opens up one’s options.) I have made choices that have hurt me financially but have been fulfilling in other ways.

 

Did I make the right decisions? The jury is still out.

 

The current work situation is one where I thought would be the former and has turned into the latter. And now I am trying to come up with a solution that preserves my sanity and sense of self-worth.

 

I don’t know what will happen but I have reached my saturation point with doing work that other people take credit for. The insult to injury is that these are also the ones who get the pay raise and the promotion.

 

Almost worse is seeing new hires in entry level positions that are starting off at a higher rate. I don’t begrudge the new hires but do we really look that dumb? Do you not know that everyone who works here checks the company website for job postings? Do you really think that anything stays hidden for long???

 

My parents lied to me. They said that if you kept your head down, worked hard and did not complain, you will be rewarded. The people above you will notice and you will get your just desserts. (Just desserts my @ss!)

 

Well, I have done all of that…Kept my head down, work really hard, put in long hours, taking on tasks that were not mine (but I knew I could get them done a lot quicker than anyone else), did not complain to my superiors and what has it gotten me? A lot of grief, more work, longer hours, more responsibility, the ugliest jobs to clean up and the cherry on top is that I get to watch the slackers and brownnosers step on me as they reach for the brass ring.

 

I understand what it means to work as a team.

 

I understand what it means to pitch in where an extra hand is needed.

 

I understand that, especially in times of ecomonic uncertainty, we will be expected to go that extra mile.

 

What I don’t understand is being expected to suck it up for the good of the company when others (always the same others) get off scot free.

 

Is this really the way of the world and I was too naïve to realize it could be any different?

 

It is looking like yes and yes.

 

If the rules don’t change soon, I am going to play a different game.

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~ by angryegg on February 27, 2009.

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