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it's not that bad . . . I promise

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a serious lack of work ethic in our country. Just think of all the millions spent on entitlement programs and charitable contributions. No think of what would happen if every able working bodied American woke up each day, went to work, did their job to the best of their ability and went home. That’s it, no extra effort – just do you job and go home. Think of all the money that would be available to help those that are truly in need, think of all the things we could do with all that money and all those hard working people. Wow, what an amazing place our country would be. Ok, pipe dream over, now come back to reality. I had the unfortunateness to spend a year working in staffing. Yuck, what a terrible year that was; and an eye opening one. I’ve heard every excuse from not looking for a job for 6 months because that’s how long unemployment last, not working because half of the money goes to three different baby mommas anyways so it’s better to let the moms and kids go on welfare than have to support them, oh and my favorite was “I just don’t feel like it, I’m watching Maury”. I wish I was kidding with all of these excuses. But during the same year I did meet lots of hard working (and I mean HARD) people that I was incredibly proud to know and help find jobs. Women who worked two, three jobs just to pay rent in a decent apartment and hope for a life better than she had for her kids. I wish the hard workers had outnumbered or even match the number of people that didn’t care, but sadly they didn’t. Beyond this experience, it seems like there are a lot of people who think they are “better” than a lot of the jobs out there. With layoffs, pay cuts and the economy in general you would think people would be delighted to consider any opportunity to come available. So not true. I just don’t get it. Sure, I wish I had a cool, snazzy job that involved fancy business lunches, giving presentations and a fat expense account but the truth is those jobs really don’t exist. (ok, a few do but I won’t call you folks out to protect the super lucky). My job at least is nothing like that. I sit in a gray cubicle all day, we have a little break room with a water cooler that is indeed a gathering spot for chatter, the sound of people typing on their keyboards is the loudest noise the office has really and for the most part we all keep to ourselves, get our work done, and go home. It’s very basic and very standard corporate America and maybe it makes me boring but I am just fine with it. I know a lot of people out there that frown on the whole cubicle environment and I can’t help but laugh a little when I hear these people go on and on about how they could never be confined by cubicle walls. Maybe the rest of the world has a lack of respect for me for being a corporate sell-out but I have a lack of respect for the rest of the world for being slackers. (and by rest of the world I mean people ok with not having a job. If you have a non office cubicle job we’re cool, rock on and thanks for supporting our economy).

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