Archive for June, 2014

damanged soul

The werking gerls have pulled out of our slump and are now surviving on freelance werk. However, many of our friends (like so many people) are stuck in stultifying werkplaces or other bad, horrible, abusive, and/or dysfunctional jobs they hate with every single fiber of their being, and which also damages their soul.

One of my friends, who works as a medical professional, is having a particularly hard time. She works in the field, but has slowly been reigned into corporate lock-step by top brass who gave her a promotion – and a big problem to go along with it. Her paycheck is bigger, sure, but she is capital “M” Miserable. By having less time to see patients, less real time to work with them, and then having a ton of paperwork that overflows into non-field time work, she feels like she is drowning. My friend used to spend evenings and weekends catching up on this paperwork. Now she just does a perfunctory job, has less face time with patients who really need her and whom she really, really enjoys seeing and truly wants to help. But, the greedy, corporate structure of her employer, the tightening of the rules, and the seemingly nowhere-to-go of her job is making my friend sick.

You know the drill: You start feeling (or realize you have been feeling) crazy , and as though there is something wrong with you. You must be a complainer, or ungrateful – you have a job after all and so many don’t, or something must be wrong that you are feeling like your day job is taking away your time and sucking your soul. There indeed must be something lacking in you.  The fault of your feelings (supposedly out of step with society) must lie with you. Because that’s the lie we’ve been told and is reinforced over and over. We find tips and tricks online about how to survive (and even “hack”) bad jobs. There’s not a lot to be found that will tell you most day jobs suck, they are bad for people, scar us psychologically, damage us emotionally and tires us physically so we have no energy left for what we love.

My friend would really like to travel, practice/play her guitar, attend live concerts and other live performance, and generally live peacefully. We all would like similar I am sure, but in the US. folks are reliant on the corporate or nonprofit industrial complex for their livelihood, even secondarily as consultants and freelancers.

I don’t have a solution, unfortunately. Except to keep fighting the good fight, protesting, and writing letters about the wrongs of this country – and the world (all of which my friend does!).





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Why You Hate Work (MAY 30, 2014 in the NYT)

THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.

Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.

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