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Old 17th November 2011, 6:43 AM   #16
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Like most people I'm sure, I'd rather strike it rich and not have to rely on working ever again.
Count me among the exceptions to that. Maybe I'm the fool in the crowd (and many people I know express the same desire as Pyro), but I would be at a loss, directionless, if I didn't have a job to go to where I could make meaningful contributions and earn my keep.

I strongly doubt my own ability to be a good & effective rich person.

Yes (to answer the OP's question) I do love my job. This is Normal Mode for me, always has been. The few times in my career where I've landed a job I didn't like, I did not last long there. I just can't do it if I don't love it. It is incomprehensible to me to go to a job & work there all day, every day for the sole purpose of "working to live." My work is an essential part of who I am, and if I didn't love it I would feel like a Dead Man Walking.
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Old 17th November 2011, 7:03 AM   #17
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It is incomprehensible to me to go to a job & work there all day, every day for the sole purpose of "working to live."
I'm not sure how it is there, but in many countries, this pretty much is the reality of it. Humans need money to buy food and shelter, and thus working for one's survival is often imperative, regardless of how much or how little passion one has for their job.

What else would you recommend that people with no stable money-making hobbies do?
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Old 17th November 2011, 7:06 AM   #18
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Yes, I really love my job
How long have you been doing it?

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I've been a geologist for 32 years. I'd do it all over again.
Are you retired?

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Old 17th November 2011, 8:15 AM   #19
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I used to love my current job and the challenges in it. But then I put in for a promotion and the response knocked me down a peg. They pretty much said I did a good job, but I wasn't special. That anybody would produce in my position.

Apparently I'm doing too good a job. I work so quickly and quietly that they have no idea the enormous work load I do. Their response to my promotion request was completely insulting. My numbers are insanely good in a recession economy. I had to work 3-times as fast to raise 50% more money, but I did it.

I'm now quietly on the job market.
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Old 17th November 2011, 10:38 AM   #20
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I used to love my current job and the challenges in it. But then I put in for a promotion and the response knocked me down a peg. They pretty much said I did a good job, but I wasn't special. That anybody would produce in my position.

Apparently I'm doing too good a job. I work so quickly and quietly that they have no idea the enormous work load I do. Their response to my promotion request was completely insulting. My numbers are insanely good in a recession economy. I had to work 3-times as fast to raise 50% more money, but I did it.

I'm now quietly on the job market.
While I do think that everyone (including myself) is replaceable, I definitely feel ya. I often get the sense that my supervisors forget the fact that it's us lackeys that are doing the real leg work...





To the rest of you: thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I know I don't start a lot of threads here, but your responses really highlight that there's a lot more to job happiness than a paycheck.

I'm definitely more cooled off since yesterday (thank you, hard workout ), but as I stated yesterday, I'm still keeping my eyes wide open for new opportunities. I've drawn a line in the sand, so to speak. Since this is my first "big boy" job since college, I knew going into it that I would likely not be here my entire career. Knowing when to move on is probably one of the better skills one can learn in life.
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Old 17th November 2011, 10:59 AM   #21
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I like my job a lot. Reasons why, in no particular order:

--Lots of room for advancement/moving around within the company
--M-F, 8 hours a day, weekends are free
--Current schedule isn't the most ideal (12:30-9 P.M.) but on the bright side I get to get things done around the apartment before I leave, and I can completely relax when I get home
--Paid major holidays, short volunteer shifts on minor holidays
--Everyone I work with is really cool and helpful
--I made new friends who I socialize with outside of work
--There's always at least one thing I can laugh about at the end of the day
--Quarterly incentives (up to $1000)
--It's close to my building, so I can walk every day

It's frustrating and annoying sometimes, sure--what job isn't? But generally, I am very happy there and I can see myself being there for awhile.
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Old 17th November 2011, 11:12 AM   #22
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My question to the peanut gallery: do you love your job?
Love it enough to do it for free, which I'll be doing today.

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If so, why; as in, what are the specific factors that allow your happiness to flourish because of (or in spite of) your job?
Freedom and unfettered ability to create and build new and tangible things for the world, even if insignificant to most people.
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Old 17th November 2011, 11:19 AM   #23
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Count me among the exceptions to that. Maybe I'm the fool in the crowd (and many people I know express the same desire as Pyro), but I would be at a loss, directionless, if I didn't have a job to go to where I could make meaningful contributions and earn my keep.

I strongly doubt my own ability to be a good & effective rich person.
Season tickets for the Tigers during baseball season and traveling around the world during the off-season.

A guy can dream though.
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Old 17th November 2011, 11:50 AM   #24
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How long have you been doing it?
About three years. I've loved a lot of the others jobs I've had, too. I agree with OpenBook, I would work even if I didn't need the money as long as it's the right job.
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Old 17th November 2011, 11:58 AM   #25
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Season tickets for the Tigers during baseball season and traveling around the world during the off-season.
What if you could only afford 1 season ticket ? What would CE do with herself ?
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Old 17th November 2011, 12:01 PM   #26
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--Everyone I work with is really cool and helpful
I'm seeing a recurring theme here (maybe): if you have to work with other people, feeling like you are part of a functional team is paramount. If you work alone, then the ability to have freedom and explore your creativity is paramount.
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Old 17th November 2011, 12:22 PM   #27
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I'm seeing a recurring theme here (maybe): if you have to work with other people, feeling like you are part of a functional team is paramount. If you work alone, then the ability to have freedom and explore your creativity is paramount.
Yes. I would add to that, knowing what you want and going for it. I've always been ambitious, not in the sense of wanting 'a career', but in pursuing the things I have an interest in and believing that I would get there in one way or another.

I've had lots of jobs I've disliked, too, some of them intensely, in order to pay the bills. Sometimes you're just in a life situation or a job market where there isn't much room for maneuvre. But it's good to have overall goals and a strategy for working towards them.
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Old 17th November 2011, 2:50 PM   #28
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I'm seeing a recurring theme here (maybe): if you have to work with other people, feeling like you are part of a functional team is paramount. If you work alone, then the ability to have freedom and explore your creativity is paramount.
Or both.

Functional team, freedom and creativity, are all important.
Being in a culture that allows for my eccentricities (even encourages them), is also paramount for me.
It's whatever trips your specific trigger and fulfills you.

What are some features you're looking for in a job, tman?
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Old 17th November 2011, 4:12 PM   #29
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Or both.

Functional team, freedom and creativity, are all important.
Being in a culture that allows for my eccentricities (even encourages them), is also paramount for me.
It's whatever trips your specific trigger and fulfills you.

What are some features you're looking for in a job, tman?
What I'm looking for in the here and now:

1) I need to make enough money to be able to save for a house down-payment within the next 5 years. I work in consulting, in which salaries are generally lower... BUT, it's expected in the consulting business that year end bonuses will make up for it and boost total income to higher than average. Our bonuses are laughable, and do not add anything appreciable to my income. Our company principals take a much larger slice of the pie, as they should. However, it's my opinion that the bonuses/benefits they pull down are made on the backs of the other employees. Regardless of what "I think I should be making", I don't make enough right now to accomplish my goals regarding home ownership, starting a family, saving for a newer car someday, being able to travel a bit and see the world, etc.

2) I want to work with a true team for once. I've worked with a team once in my life, as a seasonal city forestry worker when I was in high school. I maintain that it was so far the most fun/fulfilling job that I've had. People were genuinely appreciative of the work we did, and we operated like the three musketeers. It's very important to me to feel like a valued member of a team. The present state of affairs is woefully inadequate in that department. The people that work in support roles below me despise the upper management, and upper management is either so out of touch with reality and/or on such a big power trip that I'm left in the middle to take heat from both sides.

3) Secondary to 2), I would like to work with some people closer to my age. I realize that this might not be entirely possible in my field all the time, and it's not that I dislike older folks. It's more of a factor of how we're not really able to relate to each other beyond basic pleasantries. The other thing I encounter a lot is older employees busting my balls because I'm young enough to be their kid, but in a position to be giving them orders and making decisions. Even though I try to be nice and respectful, I seem to viewed as the snot nosed greenie fresh out of college (which hey, I'll be the first to admit that I have a lot to learn, but there's no need to be a sh*thead about things).

4) More paid time off and sick time. Our sick time and paid time off is one in the same. I realize that I likely won't be able to take off weeks at a time in consulting, but it'd be nice not to have to come into work when I'm leaking green goo out of my face.

5) A more defined road for advancement/more comprehensive review processes. There's very little feedback from management. I actually had to ask to be reviewed a couple of months ago because I had never received a review in the course of my time here. They are not "discussion" type reviews. Rather, you're basically handed a report card with no opportunity to discuss results. They say that our raises and bonuses are tied into reviews, but there's no transparent (if any) scale or visible benchmark to hit.

I'm sure there are other things, but those are what I can think of right off the bat. I realize the prospects of finding a job where everything is perfect are likely nil, but these are probably my top 5. The thing I don't understand is that to me (and I'm no HR specialist here), it seems like it would be in a company's best interest to retain good, hard working employees by making sure that they are compensated slightly above average (it feels "cushier" that way), investing time in fostering a team environment, and taking an interest in promoting work/life balance.
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Old 17th November 2011, 5:48 PM   #30
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I like my job a little but...

.. I don't get weekends off or vacations or holidays and I'm at it 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Every morning I wake up and start being retired for another day.....

But I like it better than any job I've help previously....
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