Creative Communications

24 June, 2008

Underemployed, or Do employees dream of contracting?

You spend the first six months at a job learning your place, testing your limits and generally meeting what is expected from you. After that, the work-expectation set point has been established, and you have nothing to anticipate besides advancement, quitting or getting fired in a blazing row. There is no challenge, and you go to work not watching the clock, but looking for ways to pass the time.Months pass, and really, what did you accomplish? You made some other people richer, ate a few nice meals, maybe crossed off a personal goal due to success or failure. Here’s some thoughts on making your work life more interesting.

Meditate - You’re not really thinking anyway are you? Might as well pay attention to your breaths.

Mentor - Find someone who wants to know about the stuff you do, teach them.

Volunteer - Go out into the inter-departmental wastelands, looking for projects to complete.

Socialize - If caught, call it networking.

Research - Learn new things, find a better job.

Write - Share the things you’ve learned with the world.

Take your breaks - I tell people I’m going for a smoke break, and I don’t smoke…

Date - Office romances are the polar opposite of persistent mediocrity. Elevator trysts and naughty emails which pop on-screen during meetings add spice, surprise and the unexpected to your routine. However, should things go awry, persistent mediocrity will be preferable to exchanging angry glares first thing in the morning.

There you go, a few simple tricks to keep you from slamming your head into the desk with pencils in your nose.

For those curious as to why this post was titled such, I learned more about my field from one month doing part-time freelance work then I did in six months of full-time employed work. On the flip side, I learned more about drama and interpersonal bull**** working at the office since nobody ever yelled at me when I was working at home. choices… choices…

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