Work and Occupation

Working Stiff

It’s no secret that today’s working world is completely different from your parents’ time, and even 10 years ago!

These days, you can work your fingers to the bone, and no one even cares. You won’t get a raise, you won’t get a promotion, you won’t get any recognition or even acknowledgement whatsoever. You’ll probably actually get reprimanded. If your bosses can find a way to humiliate you publicly, they’ll jump at the chance!

Suck a lemon

Pink Slip

Once you get canned from that job — and blow through your unemployment and savings during the year it takes you to find another one — you can count on getting canned from at least the next three jobs, as well.

Oh, you’ll try to maintain a professional network and do things the “right way,” but everyone — every single person — will stab you in the back as soon as they get a chance, and kick you square in the ribs when you’re down. They’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. It why they get up in the morning.

Dead End

And don’t expect to retire until you’re at least 80. You’ll be lucky if the company gives you anything when you leave. They couldn’t care less. You’ll be dead within a few years, anyway.

In today’s working world, you’re nothing but a slave. I don’t care if you’re self-employed, work for a huge corporation, or even for a “cool” place like Google. Make no bones about the fact that you are property, through and through. And as soon as the higher ups get tired of playing with their toys, your ass is in the trash faster than you can blink an eye.

There’s no recourse whatsoever. That’s the way it is. And if you don’t like it, you can lump it ’til the cows come home. You are a nothing in today’s working world. Accept it and move on. There’s nothing else left to do.

by Ericka Ng
Residential Life Magazine

Work and Occupation

Casual Friday

Attention office dwellers everywhere: Friday is still a work day. Just because your office might have “casual” dress and a laid-back feel on Fridays, workloads don’t automatically clear, and the day doesn’t turn into some pseduo-vacation. Fridays are not an excuse for anarchy.

Out the Window

I’m tired of people acting like, just because they’ve chosen to mail it in on Fridays, no one else has any work to do. I’d be tempted to suggest these sociopaths take Fridays off if they plan to be completely unproductive and disruptive, but then they’d just take “casual Thursday,” and we’d be right back in the same situation.

No Respect

It’s clear the days of mutual respect and common courtesy are long gone, so I really shouldn’t be surprised that this concept, too, has been hastily discarded — thrown out the window like every other professional standard before it. Soon enough, we’ll be coming to work in our pajamas, scratching, burping, and spitting wherever we feel. For some of us “lucky” souls, that future is now.

by Angel “Boz” Terwilliger
Residential Life Magazine