How do you feel about your job?

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How do you feel about your job?

Do you love your job?
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Do you like your job?
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35%
Are you indifferent to your job?
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18%
Do you dislike your job?
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15%
Do you hate your job?
22
9%
 
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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby Ioho-Ruis-Duir » 15 Mar 2009, 10:00

Hi again
Sorry I'm a bit late in replying.
Thanks Romeila You summed it up quite accuratly. I think also that they don't wont people to think too latrily or creativly or even to be a "free thinker" that won't do will it :shrug: :shrug:
Any employement tests you sit these day if you score in the third Standard deviation ever side of the bell curve you are sellected out of the process. But what is currently going on on the economic side of thing this is what has caused it they are selecting out of organisations those that would normaly give use all a reality check.

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby bohemian » 15 Mar 2009, 11:40

I dislike my job. The job itself is easy, menial, doing more or less the same thing each day, but I can switch off and think about other things when I'm there, and when I'm not - then it doesnt bother me.

What 'makes' the job is the people you work with. In the past I've worked with people I got on with and considered friends, and its been social as well as work.

People come and go, get moved around and the people I work full time with now, apart from one are all grumpy, bad tempered, always right, and consider themselves to be the best hardest workers in the entire place, with everyone else being idle and lazy.

I also have a manager who finds this meanial job mentally challenging and doesnt really have a clue what to do. Every evening he will tell us what to do, as if none of us have been there before and don't know what to do. He usually gets it all wrong, and instead of doing what he has told us, we do what we are supposed to be doing, then half an hour later, he comes back and tells us theres been a change in plan, to stop what we are doing (what he told us) and to go and do something else (what we are actually doing). He is so unobservant that he never notices that we are actually doing that already.

The woman who does the least amount of work thinks she does the most and spends most of the night slagging the other workers off, secretly drinking vodka in the toilet, and when she goes missing, its got to the stage that the managers have given up going looking for her, she can be missing for an hour at a time, just avoiding people.

The loudest most aggressive man who works there thinks he is the hardest worker, though he only does the easiest jobs that an unwell 63 yr old guy did before him, and recently decided that my usual job was easier, so started slagging me off about how little i do, how easy my job is and that he could do it quicker and better. Because he is loud and aggressive and in-your-face he usually gets his own way, so we were swapped over, its no big deal. He did my job for 2 days and has now been signed off for 2 weeks with a bad back.

The job is boring, I find for now its better to juts switch off and be a robot as soon as I enter the building apart from when my manager comes and asks me what needs doing because he cant work it out. Sometimes I think... why bother?

Nothing is static though, there will be a move around soon, lets see what that brings.
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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby claireandaisy » 15 Mar 2009, 17:58

I have `created` my own job so it`s exactly what I want to do. It`s been a struggle financially, but now it`s great. I`ll never be rich but I`m never bored. I work in the community with people, mainly young people, using the Arts to help them develop and grow. What could be more fun? :yay:

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Postby Maena » 15 Mar 2009, 19:24

I spent two years in uni, biotech. :uncool: Then quit due to some "personal circumstances".
Started an international import export company with a partner. (Sounds a lot bigger than it was.)
Who was also my partner, who was also a gambling addict :wall: (Guess what happened.)
I became a mum, because my partner wanted to have kids so desperately immediately. :wall:
Couldn't get a job. No finished education and "too smart" :-|
Things didn't turn out so well, got depressed. :gloomy:
Got better due to :sky: circumstances and got a divorce :grin:
Ended up living off welfare, but got a shot at dual education as social care worker :o
So now I spend 2 days in school and 3 days at work without getting paid (which xxxxx)
I dislike my job.
Working in a home for elderly mentally disabled folks, just can't do much with them.
Low level communication, physical care and see them deteriorate till they pass on.

I was looking more for something like motivating people with psychological difficulties, reintegration and the likes.
I'm not extremely fussy. The only thing I NEVER wanted to do was a) working with elderly people :gollum: and b) cleaning nappies :sick:
I don't really mind having flowerpots flung over my head though

I am looking for something more suitable and I've got a feeling something's just around the bend waiting for me. :whistle:
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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby Ioho-Ruis-Duir » 17 Mar 2009, 08:45

I spent two years in uni, biotech.
I did a degree in Biotech more in the Fermentation side of things it took 10 years before I eventuly got industrial experiance but it did not last that long. It would be good to get a job and a sustainable career in what you have studied.
What 'makes' the job is the people you work with
You are right if the people you work with are caustic it does not do any thing for you Job satisfaction.
`created` my own job so it`s
This is what I am investergating now as an option as I have not been able to get my needs fulfilled in past jobs although at the start of the last one I thought I had but it was not to be :-(

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby Tynan Elder Oak » 08 Apr 2009, 14:37

I am so lucky.... and blessed!

I have lots of jobs mostly I work as a Montessori teacher. I am passionate about this. I get the privilege of helping to form the minds of the fathers of the future. They all know my belief set and I hope they see the out working of it daily in everything I do as I hate to preach. WE plant seeds and soon we will be planting a tree and we talk about nature and how they are part of it and all that is on this wonderful spinning planet depends on it. Yesterday one little one brought in a dead bumble bee and we spent ages looking at it with a magnifying glass, then we looked at an information book about bees, then moved on to the geometric cabinet to look at hexagons (bee cells?) and then we talked about many other insects etc.... I couldn't do that in a state school!

Then I also work part time in a college for student of 16+ with complex physical and cognitive difficulties and there I can talk to them about how vast and complex they are and part of everything even though they may feel separate. we talk about deep things of the heart and soul, about living and dying and how they feel about that.... lots of my students will have grown up knowing that they will have a relatively short life....one just died last time after succumbing to Duchennes Dystrophy... I think that is how it is spelled. Yet I never heard him complain, but we did talkj about everything. 1 memorable guy felt safe enough to express his feelings about life after death and we had an amazing discussion which others joined in with.... this led to talking about where reality truly lies, is it in the physical or in hte mental capabilities.... one person asked if it was ok to think of himself as running in a meadow..... he was profoundly disabled and had neveer been in a meadow but had seen them on TV... this led to talking about the reality of visualizations and then a 'mind walk' which two of the chaps continued to use throughout there stay at the college and consequently reduced their sleeping meds...

Then on top of that I support all kinds of students with their learning from homeschoolers to panic struck GCSE students who have just realised exams start after Easter! :D what can you say!

Then I also support people through my herbalism and regression therapy practise.....

I love my work! :cloud9:

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby hirundo » 13 Sep 2009, 01:31

I've just voted that I like my job. I support university students, I end up learning a lot along the way and it's a role I'm comfortable with ethically. before that I worked in social work related roles and had really come to the end of my shelf life with the work. I worked with people who were in crisis or deemed 'challenging' for about 13 years and I just needed a breather - as others have mentioned, the bureaucracy and politics were often as exhausting. I thought I would somehow never leave but physically moving to another part of the country helped! :D

I started to notice that I would feel really bad tempered whenever I talked about work, would say grumpy stuff that didn't really feel like 'me' because I was so tired of it, was always ill and walking up the tiny hill to work would feel like climbing Everest :). I know these are tricky times economically but would heartily recommend leaving a job that isn't satisfying if you can at all manage it, or even just taking very gradual steps in another direction. I'm also retraining alongside my new-ish work, so I feel like things are still moving. Things have been pretty tight financially but I feel so much better in myself.

ps - with regard to not-very-good managers, I was one. I did a management job for a month, it was a short-term role so I got a chance to try it out. I always thought I was smart enough to be a manager, good with people and that somehow being a manager was a 'natural' progression. I didn't like being in charge at all! I was a bit uptight... at least I could bow out gracefully... good wishes to all who are searching for work they'll enjoy, or searching for things in their current work to enjoy more. :hug:
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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby Rook » 13 Sep 2009, 10:06

I actually like most of my job. I am a specialist psychiatric social worker. I hate the bull poo paperwork but the rest of it is good. I accept that the psychiatric system is oppressive. But you can work within that to be as client need centred as possible. I feel it is important that peoples views, clients and carers are seen as valid, not just the proffessionals. Yes I lock folk up against their will, when it is believed they need it. BUT I also so no to over zealous and heavy handed consultants and psychiatrists. I have never met a client I have not learned something from.

A further bonus is I work in a largely rural patch out on my own all day driving round the hills in East Lancs, having my lunch break on Pendle Hill, drive by bird watching, sandwiches under my favourite trees and so forth.

Would I still do it if I didnt need the money. The hell I would. I would go back to tarot counselling and trying to earn my crust doing the important things in life, being on the road in my bus travelling around the festivals and camps of the pagan family. Enough cash for deisel (and cash for repairs, Bertha Bus is an old girl and needs TLC) , beer, food (for the dogs aswell) and a like minded travelling companion is all I really need.

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby lavouivre » 01 Oct 2009, 21:44

I dislike my job. Not every day, but in general.

The worst is, as some others said in different posts, the people you work with.

One of my bosses is micro-managing all the time. I can't even make the smallest decision without him interfering and asking "who gave you the okay for that?" Even if it is as silly as putting a number on a box.

Then, there is this other boss, who is always grumpy and mean. He will says things like "I don't like your face" or 'you are paid by this office to do this and that ".

And then again, there is the one yelling when things are not done to his liking or not happening quick enough.

It is too much hierarchized, there is much politics involved, and gangs that don't like this or that group. But it is well paid, and in this economic crisis, it is best I stay for now.
The other reason why I don't like this job is that most of the time it is repetitive, administrative, and there is little creative side to it.
But I learned things, I toughened up a bit, I have more experience. All this is good to take.

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby wilde » 18 Feb 2010, 14:08

I know this thread has been quiet, but I thought I might try and re-vitalise it since it is very interesting (or at least I think so).

I voted I like my job. I work as a sort of IT Administrator for a health & safety consultancy firm (a small one-office local setup). "Sort of" means that I don't actually have a job title: I had an interview with the owner for the post of office adminstrator, but he didn't think I had the experience required to take over the whole running of the office. However, he decided that I had some talent, and so offered to let me work one day a week in the office to prove myself. That was two years ago this month, and since then I have progressed to the point that I look after all the company's IT equipment, fill the role of IT helpdesk, help the office admin with their typing, build computers for clients, and so forth. I do so many varying things, that there isn't really a job title to match!

I am very lucky in the sense that my boss (the owner) is a very nice guy, who trusts his employees and gives them a lot of leeway. So long as my work gets done, and done well, he leaves it up to me how I do it. He regularly lets me make decisions, some of them quite important too! (I think he is testing my ability to work under pressure).

The reason I put 'like' rather than 'love' simply comes down to the fact thatthe job isn't something I'd like to do forever - it isn't my 'dream' job. However, since I haven't the foggiest what that is, I'm happy to stick at it for now :)

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Postby Airmid'sCat » 25 Feb 2010, 17:51

I love my job...I work for Lush - fresh handmade cosmetics. As soon as I walked into the shop I knew I was home. You are surrounded by colour, fragrance, creative words and served by staff that are friendly and more often than not "alternative". The one thing that impressed me about the recruitment process was the creative piece that you produced to express how you felt about Lush...not a cv - although you could hand one in - a creative piece. Mine was an alliterative A-Z of Lush, which the manager at the time asked me to read out at the recruitment party.
Lush comes from "hippy" ethics that I love and all our products are vegetarian, approx 1/3 are vegan. The creativity, the natural oils, fragrances and friendliness all combine and in a wonderful way the shop I work in is another grove - albeit one where the public can walk into and scoff if they like.

I realised I am blessed to have this job, and wasn't sure if I should post in such glowing terms, but playing small doesn't serve the world part of my heart is there and I wanted to share.

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Postby Wolfe Spirit » 16 Mar 2010, 23:56

I wish I would of stayed in college and got my major in Forestry....

I'm a chemical technician who works for Baker Petrolite inside the BP(British Petroleum) Whiting Refinery. It's a very good job for someone my age with no college degree and there are some nice perks, but after a few years in the industry, I realised this was definately not something I would want to be doing until I retire. Listen up kids....stay in school and get a degree....money doesn't buy you happiness....
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Postby Womble » 19 Oct 2010, 13:16

I rather like my job. However, I don't love it so much that I would stay if I won the lottery!

My job is quite complex, and I usually describe myself as a complaints-forwarding system, or a 'sorter-outer'. People usually only come to me when they don't know where else to go. I have dealt with everything from social security benefits to obtaining assistance in retrieving the body of a drowned man from the wreck of a ship, from liaising with the Police over runaway children, to getting the intercom repaired in a care home. No two days are ever the same, and the hours can be very varied depending upon the urgency of the tasks I have to do.

I like to think that my work does relate to druidry, in that I always do my best to help those in need and try to see them as human beings, not just as 'yet another case'. I don't judge people, I accept them for who they are and, if they're in a mess, regardless of whether they caused that mess themselves, I do my best to help them to sort it all out.

I've done this job for nearly fifteen years now, and I can't imagine me doing anything else at the moment.
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Postby Frog » 19 Oct 2010, 13:29

I revisited this - and I'm not sure what I feel right now about my job. We are subject to such change and fluctuation right now as we get outsourced that I have no idea what to think - if only because there's so much I can't pass on.

When I do the job I do, I still enjoy it - I'm just not getting the opportunity right now. :-(
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Postby Kullervo » 20 Oct 2010, 05:22

I work for a big law firm. It pays a lot of money.

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Postby MiriamSPia » 15 Nov 2010, 19:36

Perhaps this will revive the thread, perhaps it won't. I picked that I like my job rather than I love my job because....I have a lot of control over my hours, am able to dress how I like for work. I get paid to write, and have been making what looks like at least some progress towards getting paid well to write what I love to write. I have wanted to write professionally for decades so it is gratifying to get to do so. I only chose like rather than love because the rest of my life is not situated to keep my emotional needs well met and because I have yet to consistently earn enough to financially support myself, especially to do so quite well by writing. Sometimes I have written or ghostwritten material that does not interest me naturally very much because I needed to be paid and wanted to gain more experience. Due to that, I like my job rather than loving my job.

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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby MiriamSPia » 15 Nov 2010, 19:40

I wish I would of stayed in college and got my major in Forestry....

I'm a chemical technician who works for Baker Petrolite inside the BP(British Petroleum) Whiting Refinery. It's a very good job for someone my age with no college degree and there are some nice perks, but after a few years in the industry, I realised this was definately not something I would want to be doing until I retire. Listen up kids....stay in school and get a degree....money doesn't buy you happiness....

What strikes me about this is that I was also living in Indiana for 10 years, including 6 years of OBOD but I don't find out that you are also OBOD in Indiana until after I relocate to Germany.

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Postby Argenta » 16 Nov 2010, 04:37

I like my job. I don't love it because it has far too much paperwork, is too controlled from the "powers that be", and is really, really, underpaid.
However, I am good at it, most of my colleagues are great people, the hours are more than fine, I get a lot of vacation, and I work with teenagers, which I love.
So, it is, I guess, a typical you win some you lose some situation.
I'd love to try something different and have a specific job I'm keen on, but there is currently no option for pursuing it where I come from.
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Postby DJ Droood » 19 Nov 2010, 16:51

I like my job. I don't love it because it has far too much paperwork, is too controlled from the "powers that be", and is really, really, underpaid.
perhaps this should become a badge of honour...with some exceptions, rate of pay is often inversley proportional to the actual value of ones work for society...we live in an economy where helping others means (hopefully) a living wage, and doing some sort of abstract wealth management pays the big rewards (although nothing like the hard work it take to be born into the top .5 percentile)...I suppose it has always been thus....
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Re: How do you feel about your job?

Postby Argenta » 20 Nov 2010, 06:40

I like my job. I don't love it because it has far too much paperwork, is too controlled from the "powers that be", and is really, really, underpaid.
perhaps this should become a badge of honour...with some exceptions, rate of pay is often inversley proportional to the actual value of ones work for society...
Hear, hear :applause:

However, it must also have something to do with the fact I couldn't bring myself to take up the study in a more profitable field, such as IT or dentistry :-)
(Instead, I chose English and Comparative Literature as my majors -- so, I can't really put all the blame on the society :) )
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