Friday, June 18, 2010

Five great things about work


Wrapping up Bougie WorkTales week, I thought we'd end on a positive note. For all of the things I find wrong and/or irritating with The Paycheck Plantation, there are a few undeniable plusses available. Here are a few:

Working can give you a sense of purpose. For anyone that has ever been laid off or unemployed, nothing beats the feeling of getting that next offer of employment. Putting your skills to the test, solving problems, feeling useful, getting it done. The ability to test your knowledge and ability to execute against the tasks assigned to you, the chance to prove yourself as equal (or better) than others… that's good stuff. It's a reason (in case you need one) to get up in the morning and be about your day.

You are exposed to new things. If you are fortunate, you generally get the opportunity to learn different disciplines, interact with a lot of different kinds of people and basically expand the world you know. If you have the opportunity to travel in and out of the United States, it's an eye-opening realization. While corporate travel is by no means glamorous, you do learn to open yourself to new experiences, people, places and airport security procedures. [Just sayin'] The workplace is a constantly evolving place (hopefully) allowing to you grow along it.

For some it's an escape. Let's face it: Sometimes your home life can be dramatic. On more than one occasion I have had a co-worker say that coming to work was a relief. One said she just needed a break from her kids (especially during the summer months). There's nothing like a huge pile of work to take your mind off of everything else. Sometimes the simplest and most mundane of tasks (for me it was creating reporting spreadsheets) can block out everything else going on in the world and that's just what we need.

The satisfaction of a job well done. I admit it… I love a well-earned atta-girl. When I have work my rear-end off, turned in a quality project and it's acknowledged – one of the best feelings in the world. I recall making a proposal to the board of directors of a global technologoy company. I was requesting $ 4 million for a staffing/training project. I only had 3 days to prepare because my boss had gone crazy trying to put this project together and sent a flame-o-gram email at four in the morning telling everybody in his chain of command (up to the chairman of the board) exactly what was wrong with this company. (Strastospheric FAIL) So you might say I was nervous going in. After I finished speaking, the room was dead silent. One of the members said, "Who are you again?" Did I mention that I was a contractor? I explained that I was basically a hired gun brought in two weeks prior to help out. *AWKWARD* Then they dissolved into laughter, approved the project and gave me a raise. Not only did I get the project going, it was a raging success. There's no better feeling.

Last but not least… The Cheddar, The Mayo, The Diggity-Dollars, The Benjamins. As Wu-Tang Clan said: C.R.E.A.M. – Cash Rules Everything Around Me (dolla dolla bills, ya'll). Very few people would do their jobs for free and very few people would keep doing what they are currently doing if they suddenly became independently wealthy. Money is important. It makes the worlds go around. It provides for your most basic needs and your most outlandish desires. If you're in the right kind of environment, as you progress your paycheck grows with you. If you are in one of those positions with bonuses, incentives, stock options and perks… paydays can bring a huge smile to your face. But at the very basic level, a fair paycheck for an honest day's work is the foundation upon which capitalism is built. Plainly put, paychecks rock.

Anybody else have one to add? Thoughts on my list? Comments, insights, theories? The floor is yours. Thanks for sticking with me this week.

14 comments:

Curvy Jones said...

What a great series, the good AND the bad. I have to say, I hate having to work for a living, but I LOVE my job. My boss (and his minions that I assist) are brilliant, hardworking people. I am treated well and I feel incredibly valued. If I didn't have to get up and go to work everyday, I swear I'd spend my life n my pajamas watching Golden Girls. I need a reason to leave the house!

ASmith said...

Gah OneChele. I mean... it's just work, did it really need a whole... Oh. Wait. My bad. These are good things.*

On point list.

One thing I'd add is that for all the annoying personalities, I've met some really cool people that, even after I leave, I'll want to keep up with. (some because they, like, run stuff and others cause they're, like, super cool.)

*I was being sarcastic. Don't die

derek love said...

I like how you wind up on the up note. Great points here. I know what it's like to be unemployed and then to land a great job - what a moment! Especially when you are single, work is where you put your effort everyday and it pays for the life you want to build.

OneChele said...

Ha! I see you, ma'am...

Grace said...

I needed this today. Printing, pasting, repeating. There are reasons I do this. Rinse and repeat.

michaeldavis said...

as I make up a few hours at my job, I can say that I enjoy my job. My boss/director is fantastic. She leaves me alone to do my job and supports my goals, which makes for a GREAT environment. Did you hear that, micromanagers? Just sayin'

Eye Candy said...

I don't love my job but I like it. It pays the bills and allows me to think about more than reality TV all day long. This is a great review of why I do what I do... for now. Thanks, I enjoyed the week.

Rob said...

Major points for the Wu Tang reference. Excellent!

LikeLena said...

Please speak a little louder so the micromanager who will be standing over my shoulder in 3.. 2.. 1...
Le Sigh.

Sweet N Tart said...

LOL - Mine would be In the Heat of the Night repeats.

AppleBerryMIA said...

"Satisfaction of a Job Well Done" hits the spot for me. I'm so competitive, I like the confirmation of a "win"!

JustPassingBy said...

Co-sign.

sunt97 said...

Yepper, that use to be the ring tone on my phone (yes I let it go).

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

lola_gets said...

Im enjoying your series of posts on work. It really gives me many things to think about as I attempt to deal with a horrible situation at my own place of business.

L

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