In Other Words prompt
“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired
and paid just enough money not to quit.”
I will have to say this has been me at times. I have had jobs I really didn’t like and really didn’t work that hard at, just enough to keep the job. Those were jobs that were just a paycheck, usually not much of a paycheck, and nothing more. I clocked in and did the work and clocked out.
There were also some jobs that the pay was decent and the work was challenging but not all that interesting that I stayed not because I was happy but because I got paid a good wage. It is a miserable way to live and I am glad to not be in that place anymore.
Now I work because I want to not because I have to. I work just three days a week and they are short days, not eight hours. I like what I do and I’m fine being there but it is also good to know I can leave whenever I want.
I guess I agree with George’s assessment of the workforce. I think people have the attitude they do about work because there is little freedom for creativity and too many hours of boring tedious repetitive tasks that never end. There is also too often a great divide between the employers and employees. There are lines that are not to be crossed and maybe they should be. Maybe the biggest thing now is that there is little security or loyalty and lots of uncertainty in the workplace today. I think people have probably been saying this since the dawn of time clocks and paychecks.