“I am a corporate slave during the whole day and a restless soul in the evenings and weekends,” he introduced himself in a recent gathering. I have never experienced someone introducing himself with such a blunt statement and only then coming to his name and profile.
After the introductions, all other guests started agreeing that this guy was actually right. The difference is that the majority of people do not have the courage for articulating it so bluntly; nevertheless, the stories of their lives are the same, and many of them share the same issue on personal level.
Who decides when you can go home and spend time with your family?
If you are employed in the big corporate world, you are a slave of the clock. Your boss tells you when you can go home, and your boss allots the time you have available to spend with your family. Often, people are sitting in the office after work hours, not because they have work to do, but because the boss is there, and it is taboo to leave the office before your boss leaves!
Who decides where and when you take a vacation?
Your boss dictates to you when you can take a prescribed amount of time off for your vacation, for yourself, for your family. They can even decide where you are able to go, by controlling the amount of money you earn. Once a guy came to me for advice, whether to continue his job or not. Upon asking the issue, he disclosed that he needed his annual leave now, which he had not taken in the last three years. Initially, he was promised that this year he would have a leave for two weeks only, but just a week before his leave started, his boss called him and said that he could not go to vacations due to some important project coming up. His wife and kids had been waiting to spend some time with him for three years and now he was sick of it. This was not a job, this was slavery! He was stressed and all the money he was earning was no more a motivator for him.
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