Anyone else over worked and under paid by comparison to the way things were in the before time?
I’ve been lucky in that I have been able to keep my job through the worst of times. I was even able to switch to a new job when I felt the need to move on with my career. Despite this I am still somewhat hesitant to dip my feet too heavily into that job pool. I think that employers know this too as they are keeping some of the habits they developed over the recession. I am finding that many of my peers were doing more work for less pay during the hard times. This seems to be only exasperated by the fact that people are scared to leave poor working conditions. Research conducted in Europe found that “Some 62% said they are willing to put a great deal of effort beyond what is normally expected to help their organization be successful and only 12% are actively looking for another job. However, only 39% believe their senior leaders are trustworthy and 30% believe their organizations did not treat their employees fairly in the last 12 months.”
How can we fix the whole problem? The simple answer comes from the employers. Start your hiring. The economy has really picked up and the time has come to deliver more employee confidence. Let me give you an example of what not to do. Recently at my facility one of the senior management left for a job at a different firm. Normally this would cause a trickle down effect causing people to move up in their careers. However, my firm decided not to replace him. Instead they though it best to move his responsibilities down to his subordinates who would then move some of their responsibilities down etc. Now we all have more work to do at the same wage AND NO HOPE TO MOVE UP! This shows that they don’t want to encourage career growth instead want to encourage more stress on an already over stressed population.
I didn’t think it would happen in my family but it did. Just like in A Christmas Story we have a child in our family that does not eat. Our oldest boy has had a hard time with eating since he was a baby. I remember at one point we tried to put food into a medicine syringe to try and force him to eat. That was defiantly a failure so I would not try doing that on your stubborn kids. Here is the worst of it all. I remember when I was a kid my mother would tell me “I’m going to send all your food to the starving kids in China.” I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who say through that empty threat. Honestly, we all knew that a half eaten chicken would go bad by tomorrow and would never make the trip to China. Oh and the picture, he only took an hour to eat a half of a chicken breast. Believe me when I say that this is 100 times faster than what he was doing last year so we are making progress. Cheers!
Some of you have been wondering what happened to my wrist. Understandable considering my wife posted a picture of me in a hospital bed. I’ve included this picture to your right. To really explain this I’m going to have to give a bit of a back story.
As most of you know, I spent many years of my life on the top of a skateboard. I wasn’t really good at any point, but I had a lot of fun and was able to meet many of you as a result of this lifestyle/sport choice. I was never really an extremely aggressive skater, but I did try many tricks. Some of those tricks were on a half-pipe, and I usually liked to ride on bigger half-pipes. You can see a blue one below and to your right. This is where I broke my wrist. I was attempting a Rock and Roll for my first time. I rocked, but didn’t roll. This caused me to fall 5 feet onto my hand. Basically, I tries to jump off a car and land in a 1 handed hand stand. End result was that I broke a small joint in my wrist.
Naturally I went to the doctor about this, but was told that I just had a hyperstreached tendon; which I found out was something that I made up and the doctor agreed with. Flash forward a few years without treatment. Now I’ve got arthritis. this is when I go to the bone doctor. he tells me that I can leave it and take some meds or have a painful surgery to get the problem fixed. I opted for the surgery. Essentially what they have done is this. The surgeon went in and scraped the arthritis gunk off then inserted a pin into my wrist. Then he went further up my wrist and scraped som bone from further up to shove between the joint. This will help to enable a better fusion. I’ve included a picture of what it looks like now for y’all. End result is that I will have a gnarly skateboard wound and metal in me.
I’ve been trying to become more physically fit. I guess I have multiple reasons for doing so. First and foremost, I am anticipating that I will have a pair of boys who are very active. Naturally I am going to want to keep up with them and to do so I need to get back into shape. To do so i have joined a gym. I have also bought a watch which helps to keep my heart rate. I think this thing is almost worth the money.
Naturally I didn’t pay full price for it because of a couple of gift cards that I had available. the best part is that it helps me to track my improvement over time and gives me the ability to challenge people to fitness matches around the world. Aside from all that though, I’m just glad that I’m consistently heading to the gym.