Kevin Salwen on Business
I had breakfast this morning with a friend who works for a brutal organization. The hours are rough, the work would be fulfilling if the management ever allowed that to happen. It's a company in the creative arena yet built on productivity that reminds me of Henry Ford -- x number of people for y number of hours equals xy (+z if you whip people enough).
What's interesting about this is that my friend sees this as a ticket-punching exercise: Put in 3 years, get the credential, move to something better that fulfills the soul. He's already thinking of opportunities. (I should also note that he very much likes his immediate boss, which lessens the pain of working there.)
I remember thinking about work in that way -- pay the dues, move ahead -- for years. It was something I learned from my parents, who insisted on a no-whining policy. Loving your work was waaaay down on the list, certainly much lower than getting credentials, providing for the family, etc.
But I also thought that type of thinking was on the way out, that times were changing to more enlightened workplaces that provided the combo of money and passion. I know I could never work without that again, but is that because I'm older or because I've been through the ticket-punching mill? Or is because I've become spoiled? I'm going to have to ponder this and would welcome your ideas as I do.