Do you enjoy your work?
Yes. Been doing it a while. I am good at it, which I am confident I could prove empirically. I do enjoy it, which is a big part of why I have been doing it so long. Also, though… I have been doing it so long that it is my primary skillset. In that sense, I am trapped… but joyfully so
Are you overpaid or underpaid for the work you do (or last did)?
Fairly paid. Wait… who is reading this? I want a raise, you greedy soulless corporate bastards! I am fine, though. I don’t do anything dangerous, and I work in a safe and comfortable environment with people I appreciate it. I could do it for less, but I’d certainly take more. Where is the line?
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What one thing do you dislike most about your work?
The alarm clock. Being a night person, even a 10 am start is tough. I have written about this before, but being a night person is a curse! In high school, and college, it was GREAT. In the adult world, it is wildly inconvenient. Cry me a river, huh? Just sayin’, I used to have a schedule that started at 2 pm. Best thing about that? NO ALARM. Maybe I wake up at 9 am… maybe I wake up at noon. Thing was, with that shift, I never saw my friends or wife or the world. I missed those things, and those things missed me. So, I am back to days like a grown up person.
What one thing would make your work life happier or more satisfying?
Work from home. Been lobbying for it for years. When we first tried it at Sprint… we had the funniest problem – attendance. True story! Then, there were problems with productivity. With so many distractions (tv, kids, dishes, cleaning, sleep)… how do you get people to work?
So, when I built our WFH program*** at Business Care, the very first thing you had to be was meeting or exceeding all your metrics. It was VERY successful, very popular, and super paid for itself. Once people got a taste of work from home, they would do everything to keep it. It is important to note, again… it paid for itself. Not just in productivity, but we were able to sell a whole building. This was as Sprint was going under (which they have been doing for about 15 years now, since they bought Nextel). That saved us a ton of money, and the technology is absolutely available. We were doing it ten years ago. During one of the big blizzards, my department was the only one open… because the city was closed… but all our people were safe and warm at home.
think you can get people to come in for over time during a blizzard? it isn’t even safe or sane to ask. If people are just chillin’ at home, though, they would take a couple hours of over time easy. I know, they tell me all the time. 20 years ago, we thought all tech jobs would be work from home. I am not sure why that isn’t the case.
Plus, and this is my own fault… we live far out. Like… down a dirt road, no street lights, cable company doesn’t go that far, and we are on well water. So, any and every commute is a long one. It’s still worth it, though. Can’t imagine ever living in the city again, god willing and the creek don’t rise!
Do you try to fit into your workplace’s culture?
You’d have to ask my peers. I am an odd duck, for sure. But also helpful and with a good attitude. I am certainly no weirder than Rick, if that is what you are trying to get at.
*** “when I build the work from home…
I should say I mean that in the Al Gore sense of ‘inventing the internet’. I obviously can’t take all the credit, but I did a lot of the heavy lifting, and I was a big part of why it was successful.