Yesterday I was driving to work and I realized I was smiling

@Debs_place (10528)
United States
March 25, 2007 7:01pm CST
Yes, I was actually looking forward to being at work. That seems strange to say, I think most people are happy to get out of work. OK, I recently started this job, I am working with Develomentally disabled adults, they are really neat, their skills are limited, they are for the most part non-verbal, but I feel good going there and being with them. Notice, I did not say helping them. In many ways, they are very competent, I am there guiding them to be more self sufficient in their lives. How do you feel about your job? Are you happy to go in to work? Would you accept a job with substantially less money to be happier at work?
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39 responses
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I think you feel fulfilled in your work and that's great! i just started working 4 months ago and i feel happy about it. The people you meeet, new experiences, achievements and the new things i learned are the things that makes being at work worthwhile. Sometimes i look forward to being at work, but sometimes i feel bored and unhappy if there's nothing to do or projects being assigned. As long as you are happy with whatever you are doing getting a substantially les money won't matter. But sometims you have to take considerations if they can pay the bills. :)
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Well right now, I don't make enough to pay the bills. I am checking into getting in some OT to help those ends get together.
• China
26 Mar 07
When i was in the university,our school ask us to finish 120hours of being a volunteer,then you can get your degree.Then I have 2 opportunities to be with those who are disabled,not like you-adult,mine are teenagers.Like what you feel.they are really competent and warm-hearted,some of them are so cute:). If i have an abundant assets for myself,maybe i 'll chose this job,but you know the life is so down-to-earth.I have to support my family,so when i grow older with my own child ,i will chose to work for them,because it's my child's turn to support me:)
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
In a field like this, there are always plenty of volunteer opportunities, that is neat that you college required this time. I think it is really good for people to experience other things in life. Sometimes we are just so limited in what we see, that we miss far too much
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@villageanne (8555)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Good for you Deb. I used to work at a job that I loved too. I loved working with the people. It sure can have an impact on your life as work is where you spend alot of your time. I feel sorry for peole who hate their job. They mast have a hard time having a happy life.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
It is really amazing, when I get to work and then all of a sudden realize I have not started any of the paperwork and my day is just a few minutes from ending. The time just flies by, I certainly am not a clock watcher.
@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
26 Mar 07
When I was working I loved going to work. I use to do medical billing and there was just a couple of us in the back office. We all got along so good. But then the doctor I worked for got real sick and closed his practice.
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Yes, it is nice when you enjoy the people you work with.
26 Mar 07
Sounds like you are doing a very rewarding job with these people. It is so nice to find something out there that you can do to improve the lives around you, I think when you get such satisfaction from a job like that it really helps you too. It is a blessing to have a job that you love so much too. Im just doing bits of work from home and I am eternally greatful for what I get. It is much nicer at the end of the day to know you have dome something worthwhile Keep it up and hope you continue to enjoy your work my friend Lynn-Marie
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Thanks, it is nice at the end of the day to know I made someone's life a little better. I think people like these are so often overlooked or pushed under the carpet. They deserve better. I hope I am helping in that area.
• Malaysia
26 Mar 07
I am definitely not happy with my job now...which i just started about 2 months back, and now i just realise..high pay / more money may not make any happier
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
That is true, but higher pay would help. If you don't like your job.,,what can you do to make it better? Two months is not that long, but if you don't like it, then it feels like years. Sit down with your co-workers or boss and see what can be done to make things better. When you have a year under your belt, if you are still not happy, begin to look, but keep working until you have another job. Go to school to get more classes if you can
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I too love my job. After years of practicing nursing, I now teach nursing. I did take a substantial pay cut to teach nursing. (I would almost triple my pay if I went back to hospital nursing) But I love having a part in expanding minds and helping make nurses of tomorrow! Being with the students keeps me young and on my toes, I still get to be in the hospital and practice bedside nursing on clinical days, and the hours are great as compared to working for the hospital. Best of all, just as when I practiced nursing for the hospital, nothing takes the place of the look in a patient's eyes when you have helped them. Words neeed not be exchanged, it is felt.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
We really need nurses to teach, without you guys, we will have an even bigger shortage of nurses. I am glad that you are there to do it. It is too bad that you have to take the cut in pay, and as you said, the hours are great. I guess if you wanted you could always go per diem. You now get your holidays off, and this is good, you probably missed enough in the past that you enjoy them even morenow.
@egay679 (152)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
i once had an experience of working in a company with a high-paying and updated salary but with a not "too friendly" management. you know what? i just managed to work there only for two weeks then filed my resignation after because i don't feel happy at all. right now, i have another job with a not too high salary but with better management staff and i prefer to stay here than having to work in a less friendly office.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Yes, rotten management does make things miserable. You should be able to enjoy the work place some what. When management is crummy, you have to wonder if they realize just how bad they are
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I am glad you are glad to be working. I too am glad to go to my job. It is amazing that I have found this job I do and get paid for it and they are glad to see me. I thought you took care of kids. How is that going. I could work for less if the employer would treat me kindly and give me good responsibilities so that I could be of value. I hope this job keeps you happy and indeed pays you what you are worth someday!
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I hope I get a few raises, I need about 40 hours OT a month to cover the bills at this job, it only pays about 40% of what I used to make, that is the bad part...but I hope eventually things will even out.
@onabreak2 (1162)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Yes I like my job. I really like my boss and the people that I work with. The only thing I don't like is I work downtown so I have to take the bus to work. It is too expensive to park down there. But I am happy with my job and the office manager is the best. I just got my review and it was excellent so that made me happy too.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
SO you must have gotten a super raise to go with the good review. (Hey I can dream can't I? Even for someone else to get a raise). It is nice to like the people you work with.
@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I too love my job-- I'm an accountant-- I've been at the company for 6 years-- so I can honestly say I'm not smiling every day anymore-- But I do really love it. I worked in your field for a while- I worked for the state of NY in the state run homes. There was 8 individuals living in the house I worked at.. They ranged from mild to severe mentally disabled. It was a really hard job-.. There was alot of seizures in the house and it was just heartbreaking to see the people go through it- Alot of it was enjoyable-- but like with any job there was some bad. It really made me realize just how lucky I am!
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Oh I know what you mean when you say it makes you realize how lucky you are. The guys in this home are moderate to severe and austistic, but they really are amazing. They try so hard. Yes I am lucky.
@mishy24 (88)
26 Mar 07
i used to enjoy my job but with all the job cuts, staff shortages and financial problems within the nursing world lately it has become grim and very stressful job. I would enjoy it more if i was paid more and in better conditions. I would say i wouldn't mind a pay cut for a job i enjoyed but i'm already getting below minium while i am training so i would starve if i did that!
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Below minimum while you are training..then they wonder why there is a shortage of nurses. Nurses work really hard and to not paid then what they are worth is really wrong. Unfortunately the people who make those decisions probably get better treatment then the rest of us. Good luck in your training
3 Apr 07
Strangely enough there isn't shortage of Nurses at the moment they are just refusing to employ more because of the financial difficulties.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I would accept a job that pays less if it was a job that I truly enjoyed doing. Money isn't worth it if you do not enjoy what you are doing. My last job was enjoyable for the most part. It became unbearable towards the end. I hope to find work that I am happy with that I can stay with until I am ready to retire.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Yes, that is my plan. I think I am going to start doing (yes I am nuts) a self-study RN program. I can continue with the same people I work for and with, but in a different capacity...one that will pay enough to pay the bills.
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Yes, that is my plan. I think I am going to start doing (yes I am nuts) a self-study RN program. I can continue with the same people I work for and with, but in a different capacity...one that will pay enough to pay the bills. I liked the job I had for 22 years, I worked with nice people, but I guess I became obsolete...I am lucky I am not a horse---the company would have had me shot.
@polachicago (19077)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I am very happy woking for myself. It is hard, because work is never done by 5 PM and I spend many hours woking at night...but I love it.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
If you love your work, that is what matters. At hour at a job you hate is more like 10 hours at a job you love.
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
What is really cool about this is the people I work with are so technophobic - I get to do all of the computer stuff --- so I have already done some tweaking of their systems...my way, I improved the performance on their systems and fixed up some of their spreadsheets and databases. I love computers.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
27 Mar 07
What an interesting discussion, not so much the topic but 'turn of events'. Just this last fall I quit a job doing what you are doing now, for a lesser paying job. I also loved my job very much and was very close to most all of the residents. The problem was I knew some of the employees weren't treating the residents the way they should and management knew how I felt. They, management, proceeded to make my life as miserable as possible. In a way I guess they won because I quit rather than get fired for some trumped up charge. I miss the residents horribly but I'm afraid I was becoming no help to them because of all the stress and in ways I think it was just making things worse. I did however, taking the cut in pay, also let a certain bit of information be released to the proper authorities, which I couldn't have done if they fired me. Making less money now but do love my work, I've always loved writing and now I'm writing for a living. I still think of and pray for the residents at the home daily.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Wow, that is sad, we had a 2 week orientation and a good part of it was what is abuse, what we should not do and reporting abuse if we see it. Stop the abuse, medical treatment if necessary for the resident, call in the supervisors and report it to the state. They were adamant about that! That is cool that you can make a living from your writing, I would guess that you have many stories to tell. The residents are really sweet people for the most part.
@JvilleKid (131)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I really like my current job. The only bad thing really is the hours. I work a rotating shift work, but I have adjusted to the hours and it is not that bad. As far as accepting a job for lesser pay, just to be happy, I would have to say yes as long as it didn't lower my or my family's lifestyle.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Well this has definitely lowered my lifestyle, that is the bad thing. I am hoping that I can work some OT and in a few years things will even out. Rotating shift is ok, provided you know the schedule well out in advance.
@AmbiePam (48123)
• United States
26 Mar 07
The last job I had was working in a children's mental hospital. I thought it would be incredibly sad, but I often looked forward to coming to work. The children were a joy, even though I struggled to comprehend how a child could do certain things, even to another child. Seeing children discharged and reunited with their families made up for all the times I carried a heavy heavy heart. I'm glad you found yourself smiling. Simple rewards like that can carry you far, can't they?
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Yes, it is the simple things..unfortunately for these guys, this will be their home until they get old and need further medical treatment then they can get in the home. It is hard to understand what they are thinking..that is for sure, but it is good that you got to see kids go home.
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• Philippines
26 Mar 07
work isn't a work when u like ur work if u push ur self to do something that makes work so hard so choose a job that u really love and that would make ur day driving to work full of smile...
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
27 Mar 07
That is true.
• India
26 Mar 07
i do love my job, my job is clericle job i have to finish on time but due to delays the pressure builds up like mountain , at that time only i feel really frustrated and think why did i joined this job.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Oh yes, anytime there is a deadline, there can be pressure. It is unfortunate but true, I remember working th e 70-80 work weeks to meet deadlines that someone else decided on.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I am happy to find someone who does like their job. It is nice to have a smile on your face when you to into work. I had a job that was low paying and had no benefits. I loved working there though. I always had fun there and met many nice people.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Well they have benefits, not real good, but they do have benefits and only 3 more months and I get medical