“Is it worth it?”

That’s a phrase I’ve been using a lot this year.

Typically it starts with something going wrong at work. Something that could have been avoided if the powers that be would have stopped and thought for a moment. Then I get stressed out because they all have college degrees in business, why aren’t they seeing these problems before it’s a problem? Then I try to solve said problem, but no one wants to help because “it’s not how we’ve done things in the past”. So I go to someone that has worked there longer than me.

“How long have you worked here?”

I’ve gotten 5-37 years. So I feel like I’ve polled a wide range of people. Keep in mind that this is only my second year with the company.

“Is it worth it?”

Every one of them has acted like that was the first time they have ever been asked or thought about it. But every single one of them gives me a resounding “No”.

No.

That speaks volumes to me. Not one person has tried to sell me on how great the company is, the benefits, the retirement…. nothing. Many of my colleagues have flat out stated that I’m too young to tie myself to this dead end job. Last night my co-worker warned that I was letting this place put me in an early grave.

If you ain’t happy in your job, then you can’t do a good job. And if you ain’t doing a good job, then you don’t need to be there.

My dad was infamous for encouraging people to quit their jobs. But he had a point. I owe it to myself to give every job 110%. If I’m not happy, then I’m cheating myself at work.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to make this blog work over the summer. But I do know that I will not be back at that place come August 19th. I’m going to listen to the wisdom of others.

 

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