outlined a few more of the reasons getting a “job” is a one way road to unhappiness. The article surveyed that most Americans are simply bored with their jobs, which is what we alluded to earlier. If you are stuck for years doing the same tasks over and over, it is a certainty that you will become bored. A “job” assures you of that.
Also, the article wrote that as long as nobody is hiring and everyone is stuck in their current jobs, the lack of upward mobility and options to do other work can really drain a person’s happiness. And they are so fearful of losing their structure, their “jobs” that this is an all too common reason most of the time people hold down “jobs” they hate. Also, they are not the architects of their own futures. Nor do they have anything to look forward to…
In addition, the article noted that workers felt “more work equals less happiness”. The article referenced how Scandanavian countries, with their “fewest hours per week worked in developed countries” is tops on the happiness list. The loss of freedom from having a “job” scars you deeply in more ways than one.
Did you want to wear that Christian cross on your uniform? (your company may force you to take it off because of company policy indicating that religious symbols are a no-no). If you are a young girl, do you like to flirt and wear skirts to work? (Again, against company policy rules…must wear pants). Thinking about getting a tattoo? (many companies force you to cover up all such tattoos).
Are you one of the ones who thrive on a “siesta” like in Europe where you take a short nap in the middle of the day? (Try this at ANY American firm and you will be sent out the door in a flash.
Do you sometimes just want to speak your mind on the current news or on a political subject? (probably not allowed)
Did you wish to put up a calendar of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders if you are a dude? (No way, any such images are not allowed, only pictures of your wife and kids).
Do you find another more efficient way to do your job than what is recorded in the company manual? (Be ready to be fired for not adhering to company policy).
Everywhere you look, in a “job”, you are in chains…
From the moment we start schooling, teachers ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” This in turn breeds the false notion that we should get our sense of purpose and identity from what we do as a profession, which is wrong and a fiction. Our Society tells us for years that WHAT we do is WHO we are, and that is a setup for an unhappy life. Because sooner or later you will switch jobs or be laid off. Then who are you now?
Without the former title of Director or Vice President, where is your self esteem, what happened to your ego? Unfortunately, when we’re in college, counselors deter you from pursuing your true interests because they’ll say that you can’t make a living.
Then comes the sellout as we major in things like nursing, take accounting classes to do people’s taxes, and work in “jobs” as well trained monkeys ever fearful they will step on company policy.