How many people, reading this, are really looking forward to going back to work? If the research from various management companies is correct only 25% of you are really happy in your job and the number seems to be getting lower every year.
In September of last year I got an email from someone who really loved her job, but was let go amid corporate downsizing. What she found out, the hard way, was that her company didn’t feel the same about her as she felt about them. “When I think of all the lost hours working 11 hour days and commuting that I can never get back, I am driven to tears” she told me.
I own my own consulting company now and it allows me to set my own hours and determine which clients are really worth my time and effort. As much as I love what I do, I want a life where I can enjoy my hobbies like cycling and listening to audiophile jazz. I work to live, I don’t live to work.
There are some great companies out there to work for who really value you as an employee but the reality is that they are far and few between. Too much emphasis on balance sheets and the promotion of incompetent managers has led to the “walking dead in corporate America”.
The walking dead spend more time in meaningless meetings and are led by poor managers who don’t know how to motivate them. They live in open offices meant to strip away the last remnants of individuality and privacy. They spend a lot of time commuting to and from work and often wonder where the time went.
There will come a time when you will realize that the time lost in meaningless meetings and working for a company who only sees you as an expense is going to come back to haunt you. Take control of your career and stop chasing money and titles; rather, pursue the life YOU want and embrace every day to the fullest.