I love being a cat. My owner tells me I am lucky to be a cat because I don’t have to go to his job and sit in a cube over 40 hours a week to do what seems to be very meaningless work. My owner also tells me he is very thankful and lucky to have his job. So what gives? Do any humans truly love their jobs? I sat down with my owner for an exclusive interview to get some insight. I am calling this interview “Cube life”. Check out my interview with one of my owners below. I think you may be able to identify.
INTERVIEW with my Owner
Olive: Do you love your job?
Human: I don’t… however I know I am very lucky to have this job.
Olive: Would you say you hate your job? We all know people that really don’t like their job and many that hate their jobs.
Human: It is not that I hate my job. I guess it is more that I spend so much time doing a certain kind of work and well it is not fulfilling.
Olive: Why do you not consider your job fulfilling?
Human: For me I work as a Network Engineer. Not many people know what that means (even people within Information Technology). When something IT related is not working properly at my place of work, people generally complain and say the network is down or slow. Basically, it is a good day if I do not hear anyone. However, most days someone is complaining. To me that is not very fun.
Olive: Tell me more.
Human: Networking is similar to our road system or any form of transportation. In our case we move data between computing devices (wired or wireless). The network could be considered the road system. The data would be considered the vehicles on the road (applications). There are various factors that contribute to the strengths and weaknesses of a network just like our roads including the applications using the network. However… most people do not understand this concept. They just want things to work. That is reasonable when there is proper architecture, planning, maintenance, and people to oversee the network. Also that is reasonable when applications meet the same criteria. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case and issues arise.
Olive: As a cat I am bored now. Just keeping it real. 🙂 However maybe some of my readers are still interested. So what would make your job better?
Human: I small win can happen when the team is recognized for complex engineering that is accomplished daily and people express some gratitude. It would be awesome if I did not have to attend boring meetings where people talk about themselves or listen to people around me talk about politics too!
Olive: Any other things you want to mention?
Human: If an email comes in, a phone call, or someone walks up – 99% of the time it is to solve a problem. I have worked at places where the network was so bad it was nearly impossible to support. Upper management would not fund projects or even basic maintenance. Then there is the fact of constant change or the reality that your job could be outsourced at any time. So it can be discouraging and get me down. I do my best to do my job despite these realities.
Olive: Wow I had no idea. I am sorry!
Human: That is OK. Millions and Millions of people would love to have my “problem”. I am thankful to have a job. I really am thankful. Ideally, I would love to do something else after being in this industry for nearly 25 years. The reality is my job pays me just enough to keep me here. However, if I were financially set I would move on.
Olive: What would you do if you did not have this job or did not need this job?
Human: I think I would try doing various jobs to gain more skills. I might try some construction jobs. I might work at a movie theater. I would volunteer to help with my church or other organizations. & I would definitely travel to warmer areas of the country in the winter.
Olive: Well it is time for my cat nap. Thank you so much for doing this interview and for doing your job. I am happy I don’t have to work in a cube like you.
Human: Laughs… Olive.. thanks for talking to me today! Have a great nap! Also catch few bugs too! i will see you when I get home.
So my owner does not love his job but is thankful for it. I wonder how many humans feel the same way? Maybe you don’t love your job. If that is the case remember to be thankful for what you have. Sure… many people don’t love their jobs but jobs do allow many people to bring in money to do things in life. I am thankful for my each of my older owners who both work and provide me with a super awesome home, food, and cat toys.