This is more of a disclaimer. Before you judge me and say that I am not lazy for liking work, just know, that I don't mind doing the actual work. I went to college, got a degree and I work for a major corporation. While I don't mind working, I merely don't like the process of work, which I will explain below.
The Interview Process Is A Complete Joke:
Applying for jobs today is a joke. A lot of employers honestly make it damn near impossible to get into their company because of their hiring processes. I remember years ago, getting a job was pretty straight forward. You submit your resume and cover letter, if they like you, they will bring you in for an interview and then they will decide to hire you from there. Seems pretty easy. These days, the interview process is much more complicated.
-A lot of employers make you submit and resume and cover letter.
-They then make you fill out an application online, which basically asks you the same questions that are on your resume and cover letter... so the application is pointless at times, and they sometimes ask you to include references, which can be a pain.
-If they feel like you qualify, they will make you take a cognitive and personality test. NOTE - the cognitive test is basically like a mini SAT test and it really has nothing to do with your job function. If you are a bad test taker and you don't do well on the test, they will reject you. What's also stupid is that a majority of applicants lie on the personality test.
-If you pass the cognitive test and personality test, then they will grant you an interview. These interviews are sometimes really drawn out. For example, sometimes they will have rounds. Like, you will do a phone interview first and if you pass that, you will do a face to face interview. Then, for the face to face interview, they have rounds where you will meet with various managers of the company. If they all come to an agreement and like you, then you have a job.
Overall, the entire interview process is just very exhaustive these days. Not only that, applying for a job these days is almost like a "talent show" or "popularity contest". Employers don't care if you are hard worker and can get a job done... they also care about if you are extremely extroverted. If you are an introvert, you will have a difficult time getting a job. Well talk more about this later.
Work-Life Balance? What's That?
For many of us, work overshadows our life. A long time ago, work used to be 9-5; however, these days, I am starting to see work become 9-6, 9-7 and even later.
In a few jobs that I have worked in the past, and the job that I work now, it is not uncommon for people to work all day. For example, I have a few coworkers who get to work at 7 AM and then they leave at 5PM. However, they are still expected to reply to client concerns and company issues all the way till 10PM despite going home at 5PM. When I ask coworkers what they did on the weekend, they tell me that they were just at home working and getting things done for the company.
I feel that work takes a huge portion of our lives. Work-life balance doesn't really exist. You work all day, and then you only have a couple hours to yourself after work before you have to go to bed and get ready for the next work day. That's not balance at all.
I feel that life is extremely short, but everyone is too busy working to really enjoy life. Honestly, in quite a few jobs that I had in the past, I could finish an entire workday in 4 hours, but I was still expected to stay in the office for 8-9 hours. That's not really a life at all.
Pay? What About My Pay?!
The pay that most jobs offer is a joke these days. Look at the world today.
-The cost of living is higher than it has ever been.
-Most Americans are drowning in some form of debt.
-The price of food is higher (I can go to the store and buy a couple of things and it costs me 50 dollars for a few groceries, which is absurd).
-Apartment rent is now basically the same as monthly house payments.
-Same with clothes. A shirt these days costs about 20 dollars and a single pair of jeans can cost up to $50 dollars.
Also, let's be real, $100 dollars doesn't get you much these days:
I work a relatively good job, however, I can't save much because all of my money goes to bills. I only get 1 week a month where I can actually use my paycheck to save or to buy stuff... otherwise, it all goes towards paying bills.
It's especially sad, because people go to college in hopes of making a better life for themselves, but when we get out of college, we are in debt and we don't make that much money. Back in the day, it was said that if you went to college, you would get a management position and wold make upwards $50,000. However, that's not the case for college graduates these days, unless you are an engineer, doctor, lawyer, etc. Most college graduates, starting out, are now getting paid $30,000+ and have to work their way up to make bigger bucks, but that's not always promised.
This is even sadder, because I know a stripper (female) who makes $30,000 in one week. I also know a guy who does modeling and he makes $20,000 a month for a few photo shoots. There are people who didn't invest in an education, but they make more money than those that did the time and the hard work, just to make a mediocre living.
Work is like a popularity contest. There's a lot of favoritism that goes on in the workplace, and it's sickening. If you are the type of person who comes to work everyday, says hi to your peers and then go off into your office to work hard, say goodbye at the end of the day and then go home, you won't be very liked at your job.
The workplace is like high school all over again. The employers don't want someone who just works hard, they want someone who is also energetic, talkative and extroverted. If you just do what you need to do and then go home without talking much, your coworkers will treat you very different. This has happened to me on many occasions.
At my current job, for example, I have been dubbed one of the hardest workers that have ever seen. However, I'm not talkative at all at work. I say hi to people, go to my office and get things done early and then go home. While I am working, I hear people talking and gossiping about each other all day long. Even though I am the quiet guy, I know everyone's business, because I hear them gossiping about each other. I also noticed that because I don't talk and just work, my coworkers treat me differently and they act coldy to me at times. Let's also talk about favoritism as well.
At my job, I see this happen at the time. For example, we had quite a few people leave the company. Let's go into more detail about this:
1. When one person left the company, nobody said anything to this person and just talked about him quitting. He was the type of guy who came in, didn't talk much and did his work and did it well.
2. When another person left the company, someone got the guy cupcakes, cards, took him out to lunch and the CEO gave him a gift card for $50 and took him out to dinner.
Does that sound right to you?
Most jobs don't care if you are a great employee who works hard and gets things done. They want a person who is talkative, energetic, extroverted and can talk to everyone in the office and fits in at the company. At the end of the day, that is wrong, because people aren't getting an equal chance. I'm not saying that employers should hire a pissy, angry person... but it shouldn't matter if you're talkative or not. The only thing that should matter is the quality of your work. When I go to work, I don't go there to make friends; I go to work to work and make a difference. However, with the way companies are run these days, they prefer friendship, gossip and popularity over a true and dedicated worker.
Well, these are all the reasons why I don't like working:
1. The interview process is a joke
2. There's no real work-life balance
3. The pay isn't that great, especially when the cost of living keeps going up
4. Coworkers are like high school kids; they rather talk, gossip and play favorites than reward the hard workers.
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