do you like your job light?

@gloryacam (5546)
Philippines
September 28, 2010 10:57pm CST
At first, I was happy that my job involved only so much activities. It meant a lot of free time on hand. However, I started feeling bored (good thing there are only a few restrictions on internet use) and right now, I feel that I'm not learning anything or contributing anything to my job. There are times I feel like I'm cheating someone because I'm getting paid but not working too much. Sometimes, I rationalize that even if there are a lot of slack times, there are also times that the work gets so loaded that overtime (without pay, take note) is expected. Still, I feel that I'm not doing as much. Some officemates enjoy this, but I don't. What is your opinion?
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@sup3rdud3 (231)
• Indonesia
29 Sep 10
Underemployment is usually a common problem during difficult or stagnant economy. Although it may seem nice at first to get paid while doing nothing, in the long run it is not sustainable. Sooner or later your boss might go bankrupt and you can become jobless. Even if your boss stay in business, lack of work can be damaging to you. First of all you become lazy and slow which makes you unable to compete with the dog-eat-dog world out there. I don't mind if the business is slow just occassionally because after all we also need breaks and not work all the time. It is when you have lack of work day in and day out that I become worried.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
I agree with what you said that the effect of having a light job is that you become lazy and slow, which I think I am getting to. Now I'm afraid that in my next job (I'm hopeful) it would be hard for me to cope because I'm used to think slow, lethargic work day. I'm also the kind who gets stressed when I don't have anything to do at work. It makes me paranoid thinking that since I'm not contributing, they might as well axe me.
• Indonesia
29 Sep 10
Relax. You don't need to be afraid. In fact the more challenge you get the better you will become. There is a popular saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" So at the end of the day difficult things will mold us into a better stronger person (as long as it's not fatal). So don't be afraid and face the challenge in your next job.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
Yah, I guess. And, now at least I know what I really want. Before my current job, I had a job that was the extreme opposite - very challenging because there was a lot of work to do. And then, there's this current job which was like a relief, but turns out that it is not what I really want. It turns out that what I wanted before was just a short break, not an entirely boring job. Thanks for the encouragement!
@pogi253 (1587)
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
Being happy at work helps you to be a healthier person, you spend an awful amount of time at work and it will be worth it if you can find a job that you enjoy. When you are finding it harder everyday to be happy and enjoy your job, it is time to discover why it is so and find a solution. What determines if you will love and enjoy a job is what you value. Some aspects of job are more important to you than others. Finding out what you value will hold the key to having a happy time at work.
@momave (4)
• United States
29 Sep 10
As long as your doing whats required of you than I don't see any problem with you enjoying the downtime at work most people don't have that luxury. I must say Im a bit jealous lol I wish I had a breather in my day. Maybe ask your boss if there are any other things you can do are contribute to so you can be an assest to the company incase they start laying people off. www.momave.com :)
@kunizzul (1067)
• Malaysia
29 Sep 10
work hard during young age for your old days. that's what i take for my motivational during work time.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
Right! And the prize for our hard work is a happy retirement! But, of course, take a little bit of breather now and then to enjoy the "now".
• Finland
29 Sep 10
nop my job is not light, beacuse i have lot of work pressure,
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
Good for you! I really do miss the pressure of work, and the satisfaction I feel after I've done a good job.
@kaka135 (14087)
• Malaysia
29 Sep 10
Well, I have not experienced any jobs that are very free or light. I have joined two companies, and they used to be quite free and not many business before I joined, but because the business was expanding, hence I was hired, and that's why I never got to enjoy the freedom. But to be frank, I don't really like a boring job, as I think I can't learn much and also I feel like it might be wasting time doing nothing there. I'd either try to learn something by myself, or leave for a better learning place.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
I absolutely agree with you. I also don't like wasting my time in that kind of job. I want a job that would make me feel like what I'm doing is important. Yes, I'll definitely leave for a better one.
• New Zealand
29 Sep 10
I understand your situation.It is very hard to advi9se you because you and you only l know whether you really need this job or not.certainly there is a lax attitude.I feel you can enjoy it while it last.If your employer is paying you more the work you are doing what it matters you take yr check n enjoy.go with the flow because when u do get work u guys are doing over time which is unpaid.So it kind of settles down. What you are looking out for is a busy place...try to find one and if not try to love the slow pace.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
I guess I would have to enjoy it while it lasts because I'm on the look for another job. Maybe you're right, I am looking for a busy work, and I simply can't learn to love this slow place. Maybe when I get older, I'll enjoy the slower pace, but not yet.
@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
29 Sep 10
Hi glorycam, Is it possible that your job isn't so light as it might seem to you now, just that you've gotten better at it in time, and now all the activities you have to do seem a breeze? If that is the case, you don't have the worry about becoming a slacker, just think how difficult it would be for the company to hire and train someone else to cover your position. Plus, if you say you're willing to do unpaid overtime, I think you're the kind of person who wants to get things done when needed, so there's no reason to feel bad when you're having a slow day. You might want to ask your boss to give you an additional challenge now and then; not too much, so he doesn't get the feeling that you have a lot of free time at work, just to get you involved in smaller projects where you might contribute with something new.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
I don't think it's a matter of getting better because the nature of my job is not a repetitive one, the job requirement varies. Maybe it's more of unfulfillment that I feel because I could do so much more with my time (and skills) other than what I'm doing now. Talking to the boss about that kind of request is out of the question. He's one of the reasons I'm starting to dislike my job, but, that is a whole new different topic. But, yes, I do try to help others out when I have time, except that they have more time than I do.
• United States
29 Sep 10
I had the same problem, I used to love my 'boring' job, but I finally realized that I was stuck in a rut. I started hating my job and dreading going to work, so finally I applied for a different position in my department and am so much happier now. The days fly by and I feel accomplished at the end of the day. You may want to look for another job where you can feel more like you are living up to your potential.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
Right. I guess I really have to move elsewhere, because I don't think that my work will ever change as long as the boss is the same. It's good to be challenged when you work. I'm afraid my brain will just wither up and die!