I hate my job-What could be the cause?

A man who hates his job screaming with frustration.

WE DON’T really live. We merely exist. Our only excuse for existing is to serve our jobs,” Earl complained bitterly. “We are slaves. Our jobs own us. Look at the sales record I turned in last year. And how does the company appreciate it? They tell me to do 10 percent better this year.” That reminded him that his job is to be s-t-r-e-t-c-h man. Why do some like him hate their jobs?

Big growth corporations era


Before the companies where medium sized and the president was also the owner.

Relationships were more on a personal basis. There was room for understanding and fellow feeling.

Now we’re part of a big growth corporations era. Their stocks are on the public market. Anybody with money can buy a claim on them. The public invest their dollar.

Without turning a hand they want two dollars back. That means companies need to sweat out more profits. Never mind how, just make profits.

The only way to do this is to make workers do whatever it takes to shake two helpless fists in the face of Commercialism.

That face is set in lines of greed etched in steel, transfixed by a spirit defined by an executive of a giant American steel corporation as quoted by Fortune:

We’re not in business to make steel, we’re not in business to build ships, we’re not in business to erect buildings. We’re in business to make money.”

Growth, by expansion, by merger, by any means, is the hallowed highway to profits and more profits.

A society in which the central drive is profit by growth generates a competitive race between businesses, accelerating them toward the status of giant-ism.

Vanishing is the influence of the small tradesman whose store was his empire, the artisan whose skill was his wealth, the farmer who owned his acres and was greatly self-sufficient.

 Fred J. Cook in his book The Corrupted Land writes,

This is the age of the vast multi-million dollar corporation, it is, increasingly, the age of the computer and automation. . . . The result has been not just that the individual has been driven into a corporate existence, but that the small corporation has been driven into the larger. This irreversible thrust toward the creation of ever more awesome structures of power has been a common feature”

Unethical business practices


Another reason why some workers feel unhappy with their work especially if they come from a religious background is the strong trend towards unethical practices.

In fact, the historian who wrote of ancient Carthage, “Nothing which results in profit is regarded as disgraceful,” could let the words stand for the business world today.

The Harvard Business Review, interviewing 1,700 business executives, found that four out of seven believed that every other executive in their company would violate a code of ethics any-time he felt that he could get away with it.

Four out of five admitted that their own firm was unethical, guilty of some such practices as bribery, hiring of prostitutes for customers, price rigging, untruthful advertising, antitrust violations, falsifying financial statements to get loans or credit and handing out or accepting kickbacks.

Then there is the race to climb the corporate ladder of positions. As one oil company executive admitted:

Some people in this company will do just anything to get ahead.” Doing “just anything to get ahead” leads to many unethical practices, what has been described as “trickery, a venomous subtlety and a complete lack of ethics.” 

The book The Corrupted Land tells of executive backstabbing and throat cutting being done in hundreds of businesses with “gangland professionalism.”

Is it possible for a man to move up through the ranks of management solely by honest, decent methods?” Modern Office Procedures magazine asked its executive readers. Nearly all responded, “No.”

Any unscrupulous methods employed tend to become contagious. Warns a management consultant Norman Jaspen:

When you have dishonesty at the top, it spreads downward like a catching disease.” 

Those who want to avoid catching a diseased morality may well feel trapped.

“Planned Obsolescence”


Another reason some workers feel not inspired by what they do for a living is that they cannot manufacture products of the high quality that they would like to.

The trend is toward “planned obsolescence.”

This means that the producer makes his product somewhat shoddy on purpose, but not obviously so. Thus, the product wears out sooner and the customer will have to buy another.

This practice is called by a writer on economics “an integral part of the modern economy.”

Some motor makers have turned other corporations green with envy when they have adopted the “planned obsolescence‘’ policy of changing models of cars every year.

One critic commented that idea of building a car that would last for years, would be “a positive national menace today.”

Outstripping all of “free enterprise” combined is governmental spending on arms, called,

a delightful stimulant to the economy in a society of waste because military weapons become so quickly obsolescent and must be perpetually renewed.”

“Planned obsolescence” results in a cycle. Businesses encourage debt, make consumer credit easier and set off the endless cycle that Business Week called “Borrow. Spend. Buy. Waste. Want.”

No positions of personal retreat


You may be faced by a personal problems in your life.

The Top management completely clueless to your plight, pressure stretched men and production to unimaginable heights.

Most men and women around you will be the conformist type, taking to corporate ethics like ducks to water, hungry for advancement.

How does one man stand up against an overwhelming, ruthless, impersonal corporate power that uses and drains and discards men?

But what alternatives are there?

As long as the company corporation chart is hanging in the general manager’s office shaped like a pyramid, every position is a block in that pyramid, a step of ascension upon which younger, stronger, abler men will to climb or be doomed.

Stress of work


Only after falling seriously ill do some realize the danger signals of the nervous system crying “crisis.” 

Businessmen who sport their ulcers like badges of honor have a euphemism for it—the word “stress.” What help could you get from the company psychologist?

He would advise: “Scrub your scruples and play the business game by its own rules.”

In his book Business as a Game Albert Z. Carr says:

Men whose economic decisions and actions are overcharged with personal feelings find it difficult to endure the stress of business.” 

He advises businessmen to reserve their scruples for everyday life, because “the strategy of business is sharply differentiated from the ideals of private life.”

Andrew M. Hacker in an article entitled “The Making of a [Corporation] President” concurs: “How he reacts to this challenge will be noted by his superiors.’’

Not only will the man who is too squeamish to “play the game” hardly become president, but, as Carr adds: “He will be lucky if he holds on to any executive job and manages to avoid stress illness.”

Troubled executives, all through their thirties and forties, if they have survived, have competed in a world that demands achievement.

Constant assertive drive sets them going at a pace that eventually overtakes their entire personalities.

Then, as they enter their fifties they find themselves unable to decelerate, to relax, to adjust to the aging process.

Those who cannot face reality, says Professor William E. Henry of the University of Chicago, “literally race themselves to death.”

Modern business often drives employees unceasingly, relentlessly to a churning of destructive attitudes within them—fear, hate, anger, jealousy, suspicion, frustration, envy, guilt, insecurity, self-doubt.

One may find himself not only tense, nervous and short-tempered, but, worst of all, exhausted. It is a kind of dark, dismal exhaustion.

However, you can learn how to cope with life and work tensions.

This are just some of the reason why you be unsatisfied with your job. If you any other valid reasons please feel to share with us.

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