Post # 29 # Job Satisfaction (not guaranteed!)

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Work is worship?
Been out of action for quite a while, you see, the work pressure is too much to handle. We are used to the proverbial 9 to 5, but how would you react when you hear about a 5-to-9 job? That's exactly what I have been doing for the last two months. No time for concert, for friends, for birthdays, this and that. All I have got is this irritating job. Slogging out for fifteen hours a day is too much but it's how you save an income in trying times. Well, I'm tired but I'm not knocked out.

And this takes me to the eternal question of job satisfaction. So fortunate is s/he who has found the ideal meaning of life in the profession s/he is in. On the face, it might seem asking a lot from the reality, but we cannot simply do away with these luck and harm things. Malcomn Gladwell in his best selling Outliers outlines one of the prerequisites of a successful life: Working on the choice of our profession/hobby for ten thousand hours to grasp the finer nuances as well as to stay ahead of others. I doubt, with my kind of a mechanical job of error-checking, even two thousand hours of effort will yield but more cynicism of the people and their defects.

This will somehow explain about my exasperation. I have failed to see the goodness in other people. Even if I got a little heart to show I care, I'm tied up in official work which they always lace it with a poetic truth that it's professionalism. To hell with professionalism. I don't work for my life, but for my livelihood, and pragmatic considerations keep me away from going straight to my boss to tell him that he is taking more than he can chew from his boss again. I desperately want to know how he shits out all these craps but I can see he does not like it either but is more interested to keep the principles of professional safe and sound.

It's no use, grumbling and moaning over the blues. There are three really important things we need from our job:  a little bit of creative satisfaction, a little bit of some sense of accomplishment and a little bit of reward now and then for the services we are offering our employers. Otherwise it's best to update the CV in some known job sites.      

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