To say that I am excited for the next chapter in my life to begin would be an understatement. I have an opportunity staring me in the face that will ultimately help define the path in which will shape my life for the foreseeable future.
One of the greatest victories and what I am looking forward to the most is the thought of an extended vacation. Even if my time will be filled with freelance jobs, orchestrating a cross country move, finding my passions and exploring an entirely new area of the country, it will all be a vacation to me. The thought of not having to (begrudgingly) wake up, shower and head to the office everyday is so invigorating.
I think it is the monotonous routine that bothers me the most about a corporate job. I enjoyed consulting because for the most part, I was at a new client every day, or every few days, as well as the fact that I was never really expected to be at our corporate office for any extended period of time. This new endeavor that I took up 6 months ago has proven to be a learning experience for me, and it is now, that I look back at the time spent with my past 2 employers, that I realize what I value in a job, and what I do not.
5 Reasons why I will not miss my job
1. Location dependence
With the advancements in technology and the requirements of IT departments in today’s society, it amazes me that companies still require employees to report to an office 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. As someone who has helped large companies establish standards for a remote workforce, the concept of needing in-person accountability is baffling to me and I realize that it is not for me.
2. Cubicle Hell
Call me a visual learner, a creative mind, whatever you want, I just do not see how an employer can expect collaboration and inspire creativity by filling an office building with the exact same cubicles, filled with the exact same desks, the exact same chairs, phones, computers, everything. There is nothing creative or anything that fosters collaboration within this cubicle maze.
3. Policies and Procedures
When starting at a new company, you are handed a (typically) thick “New Employee Handbook” that someone in Human Resources undeniably spent way too much time creating, when by the time you receive the guide, it is 3-5 years out of date and there are more addendum pages than total pages in the original guide, and most of them are policies you must abide by. Internet acceptable use policy, employee personal hygiene policy, security policy, cell phone usage policy, how to go to the bathroom policy.
Okay, I am kidding about the last one.
We spend an abhorrent amount of time having meetings about, defining, researching, setting and following policies and procedures, corporate America has almost taken the human element out business. Next up: Full workforce automation, no humans needed.
4. 2 Week Vacation
Without doing the research, I cannot believe what an atrocity this policy is. The decision to dictate that a standard of dedicating 2000 hours per year to an employer in return for 80 hours of paid time off is absurd.
That is 3.84% of your year dedicated to paid time off. LESS THAN 4%!! That number is astounding to me. Just think, if put in 5 years of service, you possibly get a bump to 3 weeks per year. That is 5.77% of your year. And if you are lucky enough to get a good company, they will let you roll over vacation, year over year, to allow you to accrue up to double your yearly total.
At the end of the day, if you do not take a vacation for almost 2 years, you will have 6 weeks of vacation. That is 11.54%.
I could write a whole post on this, but you get my point. 2 weeks is not nearly enough for us to experience all that this world has to offer!
5. Time Requirements
Along the same lines as #1, the idea of a salaried employee meant that corporations would not have to worry about employees working too much overtime and paying hourly wages that increased as the employee worked over 8 hours.
Now the standard has been set that a normal working day is 9 hours with a 1 hour break and a salaried employee is expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week. This standard that has crept into corporate America is mind boggling. Rather than have a task based job, employers have an hour based job.
This results in employees not having a vested interest in getting the job done as quickly as possible as the mindset is only that they have to be there from 8am – 5pm to get their paycheck.
Imagine the possibilities of having the freedom to work 4 hours one day, 10 hours the next and taking the following 3 days off, all because you finished the project you were working on. The freedom of using my time how I deem most efficient is of paramount importance to me.
What would you not miss about your job if you were able to quit right now?
This was my high level list, although I am sure I missed some. Let me know your list in the comments below.