Corporate Slaves are those people who work in a full time job that they obviously hate. And yes, I’m one of them. And YOU are one of us. It’s OK don’t be ashamed of it I think nobody loves their jobs aside from the CEO or the owner of the company.
Corporate Slave In A Suit And Tie
My alarm clock is my mortal enemy, every single day at exactly 4:00 am it will ring like there’s no tomorrow – breaking my ZZzzz. Oh, it never stopped there, every 15 minutes it will screw me out.
Do I still have remaining leaves? SL? VL? What if I’ll work from home? Those things that comes to my mind whenever I woke up late – that happens when I already thrown my alarm clock or shut my phone down or crushed my iPad on my feet (hilarious, I know).
Some days I feel like this – burn out, bored, exhausted and taking life so seriously. I don’t know about you but I have a lot of responsibility at my shoulders, sometimes I ask myself if I work to meet my needs or to meet their needs, either way is downright confusing and oftentimes frustrating.
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Even if you’re half dead you need to get going. If you live in the Philippines like I do, you would know that the best motivation ever is to wake up early to get your ass in the bus or Fx or jeepney and save yourself from mambo jumbo traffic craze – seriously, it’s getting worse. Well, if you feel you’re a one day millionaire go opt for a cab or uBer (until when can you do that?)
When I managed to arrive at work alive, next bullet I need to swallow is my procrastination (you know this happens when you’re bored on what you do for a living or your mind is thinking about something else – like vacation).
Yeah, I am not going to lie I am not 100% productive. Sometimes, I am not just in the mood for work. Do you feel the same?
Who’s moving out?
I’ve been there, done that. I know why people left their jobs and I have my own reasons why I did. Mostly, it will all boil down to having: 1) bad boss; 2) low pay; 3) not enough perks; 4) boring and stuck projects aka no growth;
5) not appreciated. I feel you – but before you move out please secure yourself first. It’s easy to get out there feel like a rock star applying to jobs, grab every interviews but you have to make a wise choice. Why did I say that? That’s because if you will not be careful, you will just “fall into the trap” of getting another job that is worse than what you have right now.
Never work just for money. You will find yourself unhappy even if you splurge. I am not saying that “money is not important” of course it does! What I mean is that you have to weigh the pros and cons. Is it just about “getting a good pay?” then you might want to talk to your higher-up to negotiate, same with problems on perks.
But if the root cause of you wanting to leave is that your boss is getting into your nerves or a colleague hitting you at the back –this my friend, is a call to action. Please decide with a clear mind.
Many people think that when you’re an employee, you will be “stuck” to being an employee for 40 years or more of your life.
Guess what? I’m not buying it! I don’t see anything wrong in working in a corporate world – there are a lot of things that I learned from it and I am continuously learning. But I don’t see myself being stuck. I feel like I am more than that. Cha-Ching!
Now, here’s the real thing.
I often hear people complaining about their jobs and personal life. I sometimes do, of course. But if you think about it carefully, it really doesn’t help especially if you’re just ranting all along. You have to make decisions, you have to take risks, and you have to make better choices if you want to change your life for the better!
Again, there is nothing wrong in being an employee, just remember you are better than that. Work on your other passion outside of it. Like writing, dancing, traveling, cooking, sports whatever that is – find time for it!
That will actually give you that work life balance and makes you feel “less of a slave” because you’re doing something for yourself. And please, never consider it as being selfish.
You work hard. If people around you doesn’t appreciate the sacrifices that you do every single day – that’s OK. Stop doing it for others, do it for yourself.