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Will Work For Happiness
Saturday, 2005 January 15 - 2:16 pm
My job situation is becoming a bit unstable. I'm in no immediate danger of being out of work, but things look a little hazy six months from now.

I'm not sure if I can pinpoint the exact moment my current job stopped being fun.

Perhaps it was when we had our first major layoffs, back in 2003. I really hate layoffs. To me, it reflects poor planning and a lack of foresight by the management; yet it's the rank-and-file employees that pay the price.

I used to organize the Friday happy hour after work. But people stopped coming after a while, and so I stopped doing it. We also used to have a fish tank. But that too fell victim to budget cuts. Then we had more layoffs last year.

It seems like businesses lose sight of the importance of employee morale. Right now, morale where we work is pretty low, and people are considering leaving the company. A few have already left. It will only take a few more critical losses before we can't sustain the workload we've been given. But there's little indication that anything is being done about it.

I would really like a job where employee happiness was really considered to be important. I'm beginning to think that the only way that will happen is if I'm the one running the show. So I guess I could work for myself. But the pay wouldn't be so good.

Since college, I've always had the plan of working for The Man until I saved enough money for an early retirement. I didn't go through my twenties as so many other people did: working as a bartender or a sales clerk, and living hand-to-mouth, but enjoying every minute of it. No, I jumped right into the career path, thinking I was doing the right thing. But you know, I'm not so old that I couldn't give the bohemian lifestyle a try for a while. Retirement can wait; happiness cannot.

I haven't made up my mind what I'm going to do yet. But I'm thinking.
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Comment #1 from Cori (Guest)
2005 Jan 25 - 4:02 pm : #
I spent my 20s living hand to mouth in jobs I hated. Sometimes you lose out on both.
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jan 25 - 11:41 pm : #
But NOW you work at a video game company, which 90% of my co-workers consider to be their "dream job".

I'm not sure everyone appreciates how much work your job is!

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