Check out this post on LinkedIn. Most engineers feel this way after filling out 1000 data sheets on a new $1 billion refinery expansion project. Charles Duhigg writes,
I’m a graduate of the Harvard Business School – and when I went to my 15th reunion last year, I was surprised at how many of my classmates were unhappy at work. Miserable, even.
It turns out being professionally discontent isn’t all that unusual. Surveys show that American worker satisfaction is low – much lower than it was in, say, the 1980s. Part of the reason why is:
* Office politics
* An ‘always-on’ culture bred by the Internet
* Work that feels meaningless.
That last one, it turns out, is probably the most important. One classmate I spoke to earns $1.2 million a year, but he hates his job. He’s miserable. And the truth is, no matter how much you get paid, a bad job is still terrible, particularly when you have to spend 10 to 12 hours a day doing it.
Which raises some interesting questions:
1. What’s the worst job you ever did? Why did you do it?
2. If you were paid $500,000 a year, would you take a job you hated? $1 million? How much would it take?
3. Do you like your job now? If not, why do you stay in it?