Being at a “job” is no different than being a beggar on the street. When you encounter a beggar on the street, does he have any control over whether he gets money from you? Most likely, you wave him/her away and don’t even bother to make eye contact. Do you respect the beggar? If you give him a dollar, can he push you into giving him another dollar? Of course the answer is no. When it comes to your corporate job, you have no more control than a beggar on the street as to what you get paid. The corporation gives you a level of respect no different from a beggar. Like the beggar, your company will say no when you ask for any raise.
Corporate America NEEDS slaves to do their bidding. They need people who do not think outside the box, they don’t value “independent thinking”. They need a “slave mindset”. Independent thinking people are trouble makers to them. Ever wonder why even the simplest jobs have a two page job summary? That is because they need people who obey, who do not question, and do a simple boring job over and over who will not deviate from what they are told to do, when they are told to do it. They need workers who will work with the expectation that all of their creative ideas will be crushed.
In addition, don’t you want to expand your contact base? Doesn’t it get boring to see the exact same people day after day, while doing the same darn job, day after day? More than likely, you see only a few people constantly at work…maybe guy in the cubicle in front of you, the girl in the cubicle behind you, and the ones in the cubicles to your left and right. Their life dramas are the same as they were yesterday. The office politics discussed at the water cooler during break are the same as they were yesterday, and will be the same the next day.
Doesn’t it get boring to nod hello to the same people whenever you walk to the water cooler and the bathroom? Doesn’t it get old? Just like your “job”, you are faced with the same situation day after day. You cannot ever grow. You are just running to stand still.
I am not saying you are better than those around you. People are generally the same in many regards. Everyone has a different personality you may enjoy learning about. But doesn’t it get boring? Don’t you want to work with and see new people? After a few days, you will quickly run out of things you wish to know about the person in the next cubicle. All that you will end up having in common is hating your job. You will sit with the same people at lunch, each gossiping about how another person got in trouble for stealing an office stapler or how another just got an operation, and how awful the pay is and how detestable the office boss is…