- Work – a necessary evil.
I’m just sounding off really. I know there’s many that are happy and pleased with thier jobs, and I must say in the main and once the kinetic energy of my job gets going I’m mostly content with it.
But I’ve been off for a week, and on a daily basis of not having to manage my day by a routine, in a shirt, being a slave to my phone, travelling somewhere, dealing with office politics, corporate BS and working to numbers I’ve been more and more forseeing next weeks return to work with disdain.
Other than distracting from it with the rest of my life, is there really any other magic bullets to make it more bearable?Posted 4 months agoyourguitarheroMember
Massively cut your expenditure and work a part time, minimum wage job.
My pal got laid off from the oil industry. He was earning lots of cash etc etc
Bought a flat in Fife outright for £40k and has been delivering groceries for Asda 3 days a week on minimum wage for the last couple of years. He’s well happy.
I work 2 days a week, albeit in a relatively high paying contract, work from home role.Posted 4 months ago
The other days I go to the gym, ride my bike, cook nice meals, make beer, read books, play guitar, hang out with my cats and hang out with my girlfriend. Keeps me happy.frankconwayMember
Are you sounding off about the job or the company? If it’s the company, you either live with it or leave.Posted 4 months ago
If it’s the job, which of the factors you listed can you influence – how and are you up for doing that?
Every job has it’s frustrations; in my experience they ebb and flow which makes them manageable/tolerable.
If they are constant then, I would suggest, it’s time for a job re-think.
No magic bullet to make work frustrations disappear; I think it’s about how we control and manage them.andyrmMember
OP I think you work in sales right? Guessing field by the comments about travel etc.
I’ve got a bunch of thoughts from my own experience and mentoring which I think could help your mindset – just about to do a 5 hour drive up the country with the family so I’ll put my thoughts down this evening 👍Posted 4 months agoTheBrickMember
Massively cut your expenditure and work a part time, minimum wage job.
I would agree with that apart from the last one. All the minimum wage jobs I have had have been pretty miserable and some still quite stressful. If you are working still try to make it the best you can money wise within your tillerence of job types.Posted 4 months agofranksinatraMember
We need a serious expenditure review. Wife and I both earn good money (in her case very good money). We have a relatively small mortgage by most peoples standards and certainly don’t live an extravagant lifestyle, however we still seem to be cash poor. Not looking for sympathy but the effort / reward ration is seriously skewed. We have three kids which seem to cost a fortune with clubs, music lessons, dance clothes etc and we like holidays but we need a serious lifestyle adjustment.Posted 4 months agoNewRetroTomSubscriber
Agree with TheBrick. Minimum wage jobs are usually rubbish. The amount of money you get is also generally tied to the number of hours you work. Aim to do something where the money you get is not connected to the hours you work – eg. make something unique and awesome and people will pay a lot for it even if it didn’t take you long to make.Posted 4 months agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
When I hit crisis point at work I swapped with my other half, went part time while she went full time. We had more money, I wasn’t on suicide watch, we could fit family stuff around work a lot easier and with less aggro, been able to do some volunteering.
Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve realised it’s the actual job and environment that are the problem. I’d happily work more hours again if I was doing something I felt was worthwhile and personally rewarding, and if it meant MrsMC could take a step back off her treadmill as well, even better. But chances to retrain and redirect your life at 50 with two kids in secondary school are not that easy to come byPosted 4 months agosquirrelkingMember
All good if you’re the vocational type, if not its back onto the treadmill.
Minimum wage is great for getting by with no other expenditure, what happens when you do need to make some cash? What about your pension? What about the skills you have been practicing every working day? They won’t remain relevant forever.Posted 4 months ago
OP I think you work in sales right? Guessing field by the comments about travel etc.
I’ve got a bunch of thoughts from my own experience and mentoring which I think could help your mindset – just about to do a 5 hour drive up the country with the family so I’ll put my thoughts down this evening 👍
Andyrm please don’t impact your hols but spot and and I’d appreciate that . Mentors are lacking / people are self prioritising in our place and my peer colleagues can’t be trusted not to stab me in the back, with a request for advice seen as weakness and used to my disadvantage . Last year I had it licked – in control, stoic mindset and defined but hard working lines around work / personal time. This year, I’ve a bigger target and a strategic role around 10 of our largest accounts and a new manager (a prior peer, I didnt want the management role) who seems to want to micro manage my days and hours like a jnr sales person – that’s causing a lot of frustration .
I’ve often thought of seeking an external mentor tbh .Posted 4 months agomikewsmithMember
In a more serious answer to winning the lottery….
I’m just over 12 months back into full time work after 6 years of being flexible down in Tassie, the stress and pressure come from different things – some of them are part of the job some of them are part of the culture and colleagues. Some of those you can change.
However dropping the workload/job stress won’t get rid of the colleagues/corporate/company stuff just make you think differently about it, had a load of mates who were doing lower paid more passion based jobs in things they really liked but the company could still drag them down, those self employed had all the stress and pressure of keeping and building a business to deal with – the grass may look greener but sometimes it turns out to be astroturf or just concrete painted green.
Work travel is always easier for me when I’m in control of it as I can plan to make it work better for me, currently dealing with a trip which is getting really stressful due to the other people on it.
Only other thing I can suggest is get some nicer fitting shirts 😉 makes a difference mentally to be comfortable in them.Posted 4 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Other than distracting from it with the rest of my life, is there really any other magic bullets to make it more bearable?
Magic bullets are a complete waste of time, what you actually need are magic beans. I have a bunch of them I’ll exchange for a cow if that works for you. Just plant them at the end of your garden and it’ll all be fine. HTH.
ps: don’t tell the wife.Posted 4 months agoyourguitarheroMember
A few folk I’ve spoke to have said doing home delivery driving for the supermarkets is a great job (for min wage). Not like parcel deliveries with the insane targets. Just get in the van, get the tunes on. And at the end of the shift you forget about it entirelyPosted 4 months agoNZColMember
An interesting thread. We’ve had the annual summit at home in Feb and decided that I need to move to a ‘portfolio career’. Frankly I can’t stand what I do just now and the pressure and expectation is a bit mad. I do 60hr weeks every week and have done for the last 10 years. I travel all the time as well and I often don’t see my daughter from mon-thu which frankly is not good. So anyway, we are incredibly fortunate that financially we can survive with no cash coming in for a number of years but taking a huge step back means I can pick and choose what I do and only work enough to pay expenses and lifestyle costs. The biggest challenge, and this has really vexed me, has been WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK. I like to think I don;t give a hoot but clearly I do. Anyway, i’ve Spent a year coming to terms with it being my decision and not allocating a F irk to it so am calm. I enjoy WHAT I do generally I just never actually ge to do any work and spend my whole time putting out fires, managing politics and fighting the ‘machine’.Posted 4 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
I have days at my work that I genuinely would do for free, they’re awesome. But they’re no more than a couple of percent, whereas the days where I want to hide under my desk are a bit more common. Still, realising that even that few percent is still better than when I worked for the bank makes me wonder why I ever tolerated that for a week.Posted 4 months agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
Kryton, I’ve followed a few of your posts on your work over the years, and can empathise.
I highly recommend an Executive Coach (apologies for the bullshit bingo job title).
When I was in a similar situation as you before, I got one, she was amazing, made me significantly better and happier in my job, and in the choices I was making.
Happy to connect you if you wish, send me a PM.
However…Posted 4 months ago
In relation to some other comments – that was a few years ago, and I now work for myself. Even though I earn less, my missus tells me I’ve never been happier. 🙂andylMember
I have to say I feel quite lucky these days that I really enjoy my job. I have never worked for anyone until last Feb when I ditched contracting to take a full time position. Only thing I hate is the 1 to 1 1/4 hr drive. I get to work around 8 and leave somewhere 6 to 8pm most nights. Grab about 20 minutes for lunch most days.
Applying for a new position this weekend, it’s hopefully perfect for me as it is what I have been holding our for and just created in the company. Should make me feel a bit less spread out as I am currently already doing bits of the job along with my previous job and a temporary management job I volunteered for.Posted 4 months ago
Kryton, I’ve followed a few of your posts on your work over the years, and can empathise. <span style=”font-size: 0.8rem;”>I highly recommend an Executive Coach (apologies for the bullshit bingo job title).</span>
Thanks, I’ll drop you a note.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to have the Job and the rewards that come with it, but as I’m sure most will understand high level corporate sales is stressful. I get plenty of perks but the issue is that I’m enjoying those less because I can’t get work out of my mind – this may be “me” rather than the actual job and I may just need some advice on that basis. Im sure others feel the same, work and life is full of ups and downs.
I have a feeling some of this coincides with the cbt I had last year for flying which crossed over into life advice – I’m not having that councilling now it’s down to me to manage my mind and ego by myself and maybe this is the issue.
Anyway, now attempting to have a cold beer in the garden after sacrificing my old 26er for doner parts to Juniors Whyte 403, which is now a few pounds lighter with AC wheels and a Fox Float 🙂Posted 4 months agoyossarianMember
I recently packed my job in. Me and my wife (ex now) separated about 18 months ago and I realised it was a great opportunity to hit the reset button on every single area of my life and only take forward the things that I cared about. So I continued in my well paid but ultimately dead-eyed management role until I’d worked out want I wanted. Quit just before Christmas. I have a bit of money to one side and my new business may or may not be wildly successful. I think I’ve realised that actually that stuff doesn’t really matter. Doing the things you love and that make you feel alive is where it’s at. I’ll be taking my kids away on a decent summer holiday this year but apart from that it’s bike packing, camping & hiking and indulging my love of Mesolithic and Neolithic history for me in my spare time – which is at least half the week. Every week. Complete change of pace and change of mental wellbeing. I’ll never go back. Life is too short and too amazing to waste.Posted 4 months agojerseychazSubscriber
I’ve just verbally accepted what is essentially my dream job (bar one other but it’s not an option at the moment) only problem is that it’s a net 26 weeks per annum, pay pro-rata so alongside my pension I need another income to make life tolerable. Dilemma is that I have an interview for a job I wouldn’t mind and can do well within my ability on Tuesday that will certainly pay more as it’s 52 weeks per annum but comes with a load of responsibility and no doubt a corporate ethic etc. etc. IF I get an offer I’m going to be really torn between the two, more so since the guys I’ll be working for in Job 1 are really nice and we see eye to eye and so far as I can tell really want me to work with them. I know it’s a nice problem to have, both mean relocating but to nice places. As I sit here I’m minded to go for Job 1 and just find something easy that fills the financial gap….this all comes after a stressful 6 months giving up life in France and scratching around for £££ any way we can so I guess whatever happens is positive 🙂Posted 4 months ago
Read this book.
Thanks for that recommendation. I just finished the first chapter – to the end of the point of setting a vision. I’ve hesitated there a bit as I felt the need to properly have a think and a discussion with Mrs K about what our vision might be.
First day back at work today after 10 days off. Sorted through a few emails last night in a spare 30 mins to help today being less of a panic, and just reading that book has helped me say no to quite a few people’s expectations that I’d be working long hours in a stressful nature over the next three days to suit their agenda’s, not mine. It’s also helped ensure I responded calmly and professionally, rather than an immature whinge – I noted “no whinging” comes further in the above book… 🙂Posted 3 months agoscotroutesMember
reading that book has helped me say no to quite a few people’s expectations that I’d be working long hours in a stressful nature over the next three days to suit their agenda’s, not mine
If there was one, simple piece of advice I’d offer it would be this. I’ve no objection to working hard but there’s a limit beyond which it’s counter-productive. Being honest when dealing with folk, and their expectations, provides better results and less stress.
I’ve twice taken significant pay cuts in order to get my work:life balance in order (and I mean pre-retirement). Of course outgoings have to be cut but there’s no point in hating ones life for the next 20-30 years.Posted 3 months agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Kryters, it’s a tough one.
Would you really be happy in a poorly paid job, or are you the kind of person who would take the stress with you?
Have you ever had a job that made you feel genuinely happy? If so, would you be willing to do that and sacrifice some of your current lifestyle?
I went from a relatively well paid job with a well funded lifestyle that was killing me to a minimum wage job in care work expecting it to be a lot less stressful.
In short, it wasn’t.
Worrying about whether you can afford fuel to go to work was a lot more stressful than dealing with the crap in my previous job, but I survived long enough to work out what I really wanted to do.
But it took time.
Genuinely not a dig, but you like your toys. So do I.
Would you be happy with fewer, cheaper toys?
Are you willing to find out?
Would you be happy with a ten year old bike and a shed of a car or would that cause you more stress than your current working conditions.
As I say, genuinely not a dig, we’re all different.
Can get some more counselling?
You did so well with the flying thing and as you say, it seemed to change you in unexpected ways.
Just to reiterate, not having a dig. And honestly, I don’t do ironic smilies, they’re all sincere. I like people, but the grumpy/friendly Northerness doesn’t really come over well on a forum 🙂.Posted 3 months agofunkmasterpSubscriber
I work because I have to in order to pay the bills and support my family. Don’t particularly like my job and feel quite despondent on a Sunday knowing that I have to go back. Thing is I’m 42, no formal qualifications with a self esteem deficit. I’d love to do something else that I genuinely enjoy, but can’t see a way out. That in itself is quite stressful 😕Posted 3 months agotjagainMember
WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK.
A key point. You need to measure your success by the amount of happiness you have not by the amount of cash. Once you accept this then you know you are happier than others therefore if they do not recognise this then you can feel sorry for them rather than wondering what they think about your rebalanced life.
A bit of good advice from folk on here. I would add that you need to learn how to deal with stress and also to recognise that others agendas should not stress you. You manage their expectations give them realistic deadlines and don’t let them put their stress onto you.
Also ways of dealing with it yourself internally ie how to manage the stress you have. For me a large part of this is accepting I do my best in the things I can influence and to accept the things I have no influence over even if they are very negative
This may sound very unsympathetic but stress in a sales role? compared to say paramedics or policemen? This leads me to think its more about ways of coping with and dealing with the stress you accept rather than the actual amount of stressPosted 3 months agoscotroutesMember
Stress in Sales (and other, often related) roles isn’t just about how much you will/won’t earn for meeting targets. In a very real sense, the health of the company and the livelihoods and happiness of of its workers can depend on how well targets are met, leads are followed up, future sales are influenced. I’ve been involved in purchasing where my recommendations have influenced the success/failure of other companies, sometimes very directly.Posted 3 months ago
Don’t knock it TJ, I’m not downplaying the others but it is a stressful job.
Rusty, I quite like my job actually and the answer to your other question, is that I’d take the stress with me – I’m the type to always find something to stress about, and I don’t help myself with that.
I already know a lot of whats in the book as there is a lot of common sense in it really, and that I learned with the CBT but it acts as a valuable reminder, particularly of the fact that only you have your best interests at heart, do not rely on other people to do anything but use your for thier own goals – in a work context at least. Yes, I’m seeking quarterly “top up” CBT sessions.
So, things have changed and I could quite many examples of cost saving and recycling stuff in lieu of purchasing – in fact I did but deleted it because but there’s no need to remonstrate to the world is there – just need to sort my head out re work and balance.
Actually a lot of thinking about what I do want as my vision in the last 24hrs has revealed a lot of what I don’t want, which I found intriguing.Posted 3 months ago
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