Ugh…work. Well, that’s how I feel about it most days. I don’t like work that isn’t meaningful. I also don’t like giving my all and not being acknowledged/respected for the work that I do.
Now that we have that understood…today is a snow day!!! However, I’m still answering emails. Why? Because they’re from the President & COO of my company, and I’m positioning myself for power. *evil voice laugh*
Having important emails is sporadic for me, so I have to get them in when I can. I’m in a weird place right now at work. Most days I can think of SO many other things I could be doing instead of being trapped at the office. Here are a few:
- Having a fulfilling breakfast
- Reading a book
- Writing a book
- Having an awesome lunch (with a cocktail)
- Taking a nap
- Preparing speeches for potential speaking engagements
- Building my empire
Basically…I could be doing something to benefit myself and my household in a more meaningful way. I work on these things where I can, but so much more could be done if I didn’t have to waste my time in that cubicle waiting on something to happen…or working hard for somebody else’s gain!
From an early age we (most people) are taught to get a good education in a good field, get a good job, and make a career out of it. Yep I’m sure I have paraphrased the basic conversation on the ideals and truths that the average adult was told minus the occasional ‘own your own business’, ‘be your own boss’ that some adults received. I for one received the first talk, but listening to this first talk and living it has forced me to find the second conversation for myself and thus led this post on the trappings of work.
Now let’s face it…if you, like me, followed Route One you got a degree in a good field and went to work for what you perceived to be a good company with the idea that hard work and knowledge would lead you to the promised land of great, fancy titles and financial security that you only dreamed of in the company of your choosing. So you went in, worked hard, learned a lot, and made yourself an integral piece of your particular department so that you would become the “go to” person for things. Well let me tell you about my trap in doing so.
I did all of that, and now I am stuck between the good days and the mundane and almost guaranteed lack of concern sometimes for your professional opinion. I work in a technical environment for a company, with technology that the whole company uses to function on a daily basis. Let’s just say I have access to the meat and bones of the organization. The decisions that my department makes, and can make, affect the overall bottom line as it relates to productivity and the most important aspect, money.
Now let me say it’s not all bad. Sometimes I do have conversations that are listened to, but for smaller projects of less impact I find myself in the usual position of “I told you so.” Early on I thought that this was ok, as it showed I grasped the concepts and the consequences of a project better than the people who thought they knew better. Don’t get me wrong, at times I still get a solid kick out of it, but more often than not that “I told you so” leads to more work for me or the realization that my expertise isn’t valued in a manner it should be.
In my world I get to sit in the technical meetings with the consultants for the products our company uses. Nothing can kill the happiness of the “I told you so” faster than realizing that conversation you had with your boss, and possibly other bosses at some of the highest levels, was literally ignored or not taken seriously. You may be asking how it kills the happiness. Well once you find out that they paid some consultant ten times your hourly salary rate to tell them the same thing you have been trying to tell them for months, then having the consultant agree with everything you have been saying…yeah that will do it.
It will make you look at other areas of your company, other companies, and lead you down the path of “having your own”. I know it has lead me to Option Two. You don’t always hear the pitfalls of being too valuable in a certain position to your company, but they exist. I have never been in a hostage situation but I have seen enough of them on TV and the movies to know one when I see it. Well, this hostage isn’t going to wait to be saved! He is going to find a way to save himself or die trying.