Why 9 To 5 Doesn’t Suck?
I don't want to do a desk job!
I want to work just for myself!
9 to 5 is not for me!
I don't want to be a corporate servant!
And what's funny many people who say this, haven't even tried a 9 to 5 corporate job.
We are accustomed to reading articles and watching videos where people discuss their struggles of working at a 9-5 job, and not being their boss, not being able to follow their passion, and just being a slave. It is very uncommon to see articles written by people who are happy and contented with their jobs and do not feel any of the things that I have mentioned above.
I had also written an article a year back, where I shared my reasons for leaving my job at Amazon, a company which assured a very stable future.
After the article was published, many people contacted me expressing their delight. They shared they could relate to my experience and that I was much brave to leave a shitty corporate job. Something that this group of people missed to understand was, I did not hate working with Amazon. I simply didn't enjoy the work I was doing and decided that it was time for a little break and a lot of exploring.
The following article represents people who love their job and don't feel stuck in a 9-5 cycle. They are happy and satisfied with whatever they are doing.
This article is for people like me, who don't have work satisfaction but also do not hate their work environment as much!
When does 9-5 become boring slavery?
After talking to people who hate their jobs or once hated them, these are the prime reasons that I have concluded that lead to a frustrated work-life.
If the kind of work that you are doing is not in alignment with your interests, skills, or it is simply not as challenging, you start needing a daily push to go to work.
The job profile, and the tasks in hand matter a lot for more satiable work-hours!
When your teammates, managers, or other people you work with are not very supportive or polite, you start cursing them and in the process, eventually your job as well.
If you are not earning fair compensation for your work, it is easy to feel out of place and quickly lose interest.
There are innumerable reasons for hating that 9-5 desk job of yours, but if the work is right, and you can maintain a healthy work-life balance, it is not the worst thing to happen to you!
For me, job is an obligation, to be financially independent and also to keep myself engaged! But I do respect my job, I respect it because it gives me individuality above all- Nupur
When is 9-5 a perfect fit for you?
Luckily, I was in a 9-5 which meant, "Work according to your time". We didn't need to stick to the "9 to 5" rule as long as the work was getting done. A place where managers would sit late till night with you in the office if a project launch is nearing, and would call you to check if you have reached home safe when you leave late due to work, where seniors will push you beyond your boundaries so that you can learn more and progress more.
A job where managers were mentors and team a family!
A "9 to 5" job isn't as tedious as most of us see it. It sure does add a semi-fixed schedule in your lifestyle, and a few extra hours of work at times, but it doesn't mean you can't pursue any other recreational activity, a side project, or a relaxing vacation with a full-time job. With a job comes, a steady paycheck, paid vacations, health benefits, education allowance, and free evenings and weekends.
If you love your work, it will not be a job for you anymore. I am so fortunate to have met people who enjoy their office time, bring in new ideas to the team, and continue to grow professionally and personally. It is not that they are less knowledgeable or less adventurous.
You don't need to start an independent business to be able to create something big and new.
If the company that you are working for is right, it will provide you the knowledge, skills, and resources to build new products and bring your ideas to reality.
This is my take on a 9 to 5 corporate work-life. I would love to read your opinion on this topic, feel free to share those in the comments below!
PS: Pursue what you think is right for you, irrespective of what the society demands, or what the latest trend is!