1. There are no couches there. There should be couches there. Nap time is underestimated.
2. Lunchtime is too short. Even an hour-long lunch break, you figure you spend 15 minutes fetching lunch (corner deli, microwave blues, etc.) and 15 minutes returning to your cubicle walls. While I certainly don’t expect an employer to increase a lunch HOUR, I’m just sayin’.
3. Paper cuts.
4. Loud talkers in nearby cubicles.
5. There’s no grass under my feet.
6. I have to get up from my swivel chair and FIND a window to even see daylight.
7. I feel trapped, tethered, stuck. I dunno, I just like freedom five days a week.
8. There are other people there. Annoying people.
9. I can’t read my favorite book on company time without getting written up. Have you ever been caught with an open novel tucked inconspicuously under company files? I HAVE.
10. Low pay. Need I say more?
Ok, 11 reasons:
11. Protocol attire. I really like jeans and comfy clothing, something with an elastic waist so I can let out my spill-over after gluttonously woofing down lunch. This is the part where the aforementioned couch would come in handy, too.
The least boring job I’ve ever had was when I worked at a closed captions house. There were televisions everywhere and Breaking News! at every turn. And we got to wear jeans and shorts and t-shirts and tennis shoes and flip-flops and…well, you get the picture. The pay was low but the entertainment was high.
I watched Oprah and corny soap operas all day long while editing television scripts for on-air captions. I had a cool boss, too.
What was your favorite (office) job?