I once had an unhappy guy working for me. He felt like he was not paid enough for the responsibilities that he had and I agreed, however, I didn’t have any control over compensation. He was a great employee and I worked to get him more money, but I knew that when I was finally successful his satisfaction would not last so I looked at ways to make our work more “fun.” We still did our work, but I was able to introduce more autonomy to his schedule and involve him in some out-of-the-box tasks. I’ve been gone from that company over twelve years, but I recently ran into Hank and he is still there and is close to retirement.
Posts Tagged ‘work’
Kiplinger writers Martha Craver and Michael DeSenne have done the impossible and uncovered 10 hot jobs in an era of high unemployment. Even more unlikely one of the professions, and number four no less, is my profession. The “jobs” are ranked by the number of job seekers for every position open environmental engineers only have 1.15 active job seekers per opening according to Kiplinger. I was happy to see the 10-year growth projection at 31 percent though I don’t see a move to another employer in my future.
About two years ago I wrote a post about what “poor” really means in America and what amenities many of those below the poverty line have. I don’t want to delve back into that because you can read the original post at this link. I was somewhat perplexed by the fact that the poverty line in the United States seems rather static in that we always have a certain percentage of folks below the line and I believe that there is political incentives to always have the poor. The poor seem to be a handy voting block for whoever will promise them the most entitlements. I generally stopped there in my deep thoughts, but there is more.
I have a dream job…unfortunately it is still in my mind, but the job that I have now has that potential. Reading books like Rework fuel my desire for a better working environment. I can work my butt off all day and sometimes by 4:00 I am spent. I have given my all for that day, but really don’t feel comfortable leaving before 5:00. Starting a new project would be rather pointless as I am not at my freshest.
“Workaholics make the people who don’t stay late feel inadequate for ‘merely’ working reasonable hours. That leads to guilt and poor morale all around and leads to ass-in-seat mentality.” [see my above comments]
How to enjoy work as much as play
“You have got to be kidding me,” I thought as my former boss handed me a book that had these words on the cover. I read this book many years ago, but was recently reminded of it when I saw a copy at a bookstore. I was tempted to buy it, but I thought that I still had my copy and sure enough, I found it where it has been buried in my nightstand drawer for over a decade.
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