Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Delightful Business Model

This post is not related to my current employer eCompliance. However, this post is related to many of my previous employers.

Wouldn't it be delightful to work in an environment where your salary is based purely upon friendship and the attendants of social functions. That's right, working hard and striving to be the best in your field are not predicts for success. These actions are frowned upon. After all, they don't help you climb the corporate ladder. So put that book down, turn your brain off and let's help someone else achieve their dreams at our expense.

Unfortunately, the business model described above is a sad reality. At one time or another we have all fallen victim to inconsiderate and greedy employers out to make a quick buck. Our hard work and dedication to our craft is exploited to help achieve the dreams and aspirations of someone else other than ourselves. This type of environment is characterized by: high turn over, water cooler talk, loss of passion and a never ending downward spiral.

Don't despair, there is a solution. In fact the solution is simple, find another job. Better yet, find a career. Find a career that allows you to perfect your craft. Some of you might be asking "but how do I do this Adam? ". To be honest, it's not easy. Here are a few options to consider:

  1. Become a consultant
    Consulting allows you to pick and choose the projects you work on.

  2. Find a company that cares about it's employees
    Start up companies often value and appreciate the hard work and dedication of its employees. After all, the success of a startup is very dependant on its employees. If startup's aren't your thing you can always work for a large corporation like Google, Microsoft or ThoughtWorks. If anything at least the aforementioned companies care about their employees.

  3. Win the lottery
    With the right amount of money you can spend your days perfecting your craft to your heart's content.

Don't get me wrong, there are negatives associated with each of the options stated above.

Aesop Rock is a underground hip hop artist who's lyrics helped to inspire this along awaited blog post.

9-5ers Anthem
We the American working population
Hate the fact that eight hours a day
Is wasted on chasing the dream of someone that isn't us
And we may not hate our jobs
But we hate jobs in general
That don't have to do with fighting our own causes

We the American working population
Hate the nine to five day-in day-out
But we'd rather be supporting ourselves
By being paid to perfect the past times
That we have harboured based solely on the fact
That it makes us smile if it sounds dope

The complete lyrics can be found here
more on Aesop Rock


mO said...

This is hands down one of the sickest posts that you have written! I love it...

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