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5 Reasons Why I Will Not Miss My Job

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in Human Resources undeniably spent way too much time creating, when by the time you receive the guide, it is 3-5 years out of date and there are more addendum pages than total pages in the original guide, and most of them are policies you must abide by.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.

Maybe.

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.

Justin Hamlin

Justin Hamlin is the founder of Get Busy Livin', a blog founded on collaboration and story telling, dedicated to inspiring himself and others to get busy living their lives. He is a writer, photographer, computer nerd, story teller and world traveler. He calls New York home when him and his wife are not hunting down adventure, exploring the east coast or jet setting around the world. You can follow Justin on Get Busy Livin', Twitter or Facebook.

  • http://www.hanuiloa.com Gena S

    Congrats on the great upcoming changes for you and your wife! We went through serious business and professional upheaval before making a massive move in the opposite direction, it’s still day at a time, but we wouldn’t go back for anything! You can do this! Stop by our blog anytime for inspiration or to bat ideas around; we’ll be checking in!

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Gena –

      Thanks for dropping by. I will definitely be checking out your blog, I love inspiration and seeing others that have done the same thing.

      I agree, a day at a time is the best way to take things, and it will be hard not to worry about the 3 month, 6 month or 12 month plan, but all that will come in time.

  • http://watkibr.wordpress.com Bryan

    You are living my dream brother!

    The ONLY thing that I would miss about my job would be some of my coworkers.

    Having a life consisting of only home and work leave me no social life. Therefore, I get that aspect from my workplace, and I have made several good friends that way.

    Coming to the same building at the same time every day, sitting in the same cube, working in the same rooms doing the same tasks every day… I would not miss in the least.

    When I was laid off from one of my previous employers, my wife and I spent a month just living life. It was great! Just having a taste of it was such a tease. I had to return to the workforce though.

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      You can live vicariously through me!

      I am going to do my best to NOT have to return to the workforce in a way that will subject me to the rigors of corporate america, as I wrote about here.

      Looking forward to seeing where life takes me!

  • baconismagic

    I loved my job, well that’s not true, I loved the people I worked with. I do not miss clients who treated me like a robot and could not see I was a fellow human being and their actions in any other environment would be considered grotesquely rude.

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Exactly!

      I like the people I work with now, genuinely good people. My old job, same thing, still keep in contact with them. What I will not miss is the corporate america regulations and rules, policies and procedures.

      I might miss the paycheck though. But just too excited to see what I can do with my life if I am not tied to an office and commute 40-50 hours a week.

  • http://thecitruslens.com greg urbano

    ever read the book – no more mondays?

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Cannot say that I have. Might have to look that one up!

  • http://www.vicdorfman.com Vic Dorfman

    Justin,

    Good things on the horizon man…

    Freelancing on your computer beats crazy perma-smile human resources people any day!

    Any idea where you guys are headed yet?

    Good Vibes~

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Vic –

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Actually headed to eastern New York, about 80 miles from NYC. The whole story is in my “I quit my job” blog post.

      As far as the working remotely, trust me, I know! Used to be in consulting and I loved the opportunity to do the work from home where I had all the comforts of home. Was great. Shooting for a similar business model once I get settled in NY.

  • http://www.ideasbubble.com Peter J

    Sounds like everything is going to work out awesome for you. I’m glad that i’m still young enough to not have to enter the realm of ‘working for someone else’ but that doesn’t mean i won’t try my best to make sure it doesn’t happen.

    Best of luck with the move :)

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Yeah, now that I have done it for 10 years, it is definitely something I have grown and learned from. Time to take all of that knowledge and use it towards making money for myself without the need to have a “boss” that is anyone but my wife :)

      Thanks for dropping by Peter.

  • http://dcecsocialmedia.wordpress.com andrewodom

    Your 5 reasons are right on par with why I asked my wife if I could “retire” in two years. I am in the corporate world and while there is a fair amount of not-so-painful days there are several that overcompensate in the pain department. I am a tele-commuter so decompressing is never hard. I go downstairs, have a handful of chips, walk outside, breathe, and then grab a bit-size piece of chocolate on the way back to work. There is still a nagging feeling of obligation each day and a severe lack of creativity or even empowerment. Most days feel like exercises in monotony and while I am incredibly thankful for a good job in our current economy I know there are dozens of other people who could do equally good work and would probably enjoy the day-to-day much more.

    I am anxious to follow more of y’alls adventure and see what life outside the city holds for y’all. Hey, you left off a perk. When I became a telecommuter I said goodbye to the razor. Liberation was mine!

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Yeah, as of right now I might consider working remotely for a company. My biggest problem with the corporate america is the fact that I HAVE to be at an office, I HAVE to work 8-5, I HAVE to do this and that.

      Just gets old not being your own boss. I used to have days where I could work from home, hit the gym at 9am, work from 10-4, dinner then time with the wife, and back to work for an hour or so. Now, I am in the lifestyle of leave at 7, work 8-5, commute 5-6. 11 hours out of my day GONE, all for a paycheck.

      Soon enough, I would love to be debt free except for our houses. All we have left now is 2 cars to pay off within the next 2 years.

      And in regards to your last perk, I maintain a solid beard most of the time, and I have not had a dress code in 6 months. Trust me, i love that liberation!

  • http://www.hecktictravels.com Pete

    I don’t miss anything about “corporate” work life, especially the procedures and BS that goes along with it. Away from an office job for nearly 2 years now and not one regret… Never again.

    Good on ya and best of luck!

    P

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Thanks for dropping by Pete. After a quick tour around your site, I can say you guys have the life down pat. Sounds like an awesome adventure you are on, and one I can only hope to somewhat emulate at some time in the future.

      For now, ours begins with a move back east and going from there!

      Thanks again!

  • http://www.ruzanneromo.com ruzcarmen diromo

    I am so not letting my team get here… they’d be INSPIRED to quit their day jobs and commit to full-time employment with me! And then I’d be pushed to double time on prepping their learning process about providing expert writing and virtual assistant services from home… and deal with their newbie freakiness about online career and all that. Eeeeeks! While I do love the idea, Justin (I was notches ahead of saying, “holy shit! i did quit and felt good about it!”), am not ready to deal with my team saying the same. Give it a few more months, we’d be in the same club. :)

    Cool writing. I like you.

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Glad you dropped by!

      To that point, I would love to inspire people that work for me to follow in my footsteps! Besides, if you have a VA working with you that does not invest in your vision, is that not doing a disservice to your vision?

      Definitely lookin forward to reading more on your blog too!

      Thanks again

      • http://www.ruzanneromo.com ruzcarmen diromo

        Well, yeah. I definitely love them because of that! They do VA work for a few hours each day, but have regular jobs. Not my fault, by the way that they wanna just pick their bags and come to Mama, and never look back. Like me, I strongly suspect freelancing is their calling as well.

        But this team, it’s so new and am not fully prepped to take on full time workers just yet. Give it a month or two. And when that happens, hell! Champagnes on me! And the karaoke, too!

        See you around, Justin. And hey, THANKS for your time. You’re blogger No. 6 who actually cared enough to read through what I said/wrote. LOL!

  • http://www.ruzanneromo.com ruzcarmen diromo

    By the way, can you indulge me a little? Before you say no, how do I get my picture like all you guys did? With Disqus I have it. Dunno why it won’t appear here.:( Thanks, kid.

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin
      • http://www.ruzanneromo.com ruzcarmen diromo

        thanks again, justin!

  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com Crazysexyfuntraveler

    I totally agree, I quit my job 2 weeks ago and moved to Mexico, so deliberating, do not miss anything haha

    • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

      Oh, believe me, the only thing I DO miss is the lack of money coming in! But I am dealing with that and enjoying the freedom and time to dedicate to other things, rather than spending hours toiling away at a job to only have a few short (exhausted) hours to spend doing anything else.

      Enjoy your travels, looking forward to reading more about them!

      Thanks for dropping by!

      • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com Crazysexyfuntraveler

        The same with me, just the permanent money coming in is what I miss, but soon will change I hope.
        I am so enjoying Mexico, today going to do ultralight flight woohoo

        • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

          Have fun with that, that is awesome!

          I hear you on the money. The whole ‘passive income’ or remote work is so desirable, yet so hard to come by at times.

          Enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/cherszy Cherszy

    Wow, this list certainly doesn’t make me look forward to working. Not that I have ever. Or maybe I have, once upon a time. I mean, all this school life can be sickening and boring too, like work. I can’t wait to graduate and experience some “real life”!