Monday, 17 September 2012
I used to work for a living.
It seems like it's been forever, but it's only actually been about 2 years.
I enjoyed all of my jobs, but found that many employers take advantage of a 'go getter' that had no problem working long hours and being underpaid. Seems to be the way of the world these days.
I actually figured I would work into my 70's but the stress of too many 16-18 hour days finally played havoc with my heart and it took me all of about 45 days to walk away from corporate America.
Oddly enough, I took to retirement like water off a ducks back and have never looked over my shoulder since.
It took the company almost a year to quit calling me with questions and I now understand they are on their 4th replacement for my position.
I had been with them for 16 years, starting out in the position of Accounting Manager, brought on board to clean up the department.
At the end of my time, I was the VP of Finance and HR and had been in charge of every department except sales during those years.
I went through 5 restructurings, 8 CEO's and God knows how many employee's. That company was like riding a roller coaster. About the time I would think we were getting it together it was time for another lay-off.
It was enough to make your head spin and I wasn't an HR Director that didn't give a damn. Although I taught myself not to get close to people it was damned hard to attend the meetings of doom and then be the one that met with each person so that paper work could be signed and checks given out.
I'm pretty sure a little bit of me died each time that happened.
I know the writing had been on the wall for quite awhile, due to heart issues, but I didn't give up until the fat lady sang and when she did, I was completely blown away because I never saw it coming. Such is life...
So... to all y'all that get up and get her done in the work world I sincerely applaud you and...
When you have an “I Hate My Job” day, try this. On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson. Be very sure you get this brand.
When you get home, lock your doors, draw the curtains and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed. Change into very comfortable clothing and sit in your favorite chair. Open the package and remove the thermometer.
Now, carefully place it on a table or a surface so that it will not become chipped or broken. Now the fun part begins.
Take out the literature and read it carefully. You will notice that in small print there is a statement, “Every Rectal Thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson is personally tested”.
Now, close your eyes and repeat out loud five times, “I am so glad I do not work in the Thermometer quality control at Johnson & Johnson.”
Have a nice day and remember, there is always someone else with a job that is more of a pain in the ass than yours.
Thought for the day...