Friday, November 14, 2008

10 Good Things About Working Longer Hours

With the economy in the crapper, most people I know wouldn't even think of uttering the words "work/life balance." As more people are laid off, it's up to the survivors to pick up the work load and do it without complaint -- if they want to keep their job.

But it's tough. Real tough. That's why I thought I'd end the week with a sort of optimistic view of what many of us are going through right now -- work/life imbalance.

So, without further ado, here are ....

10 Good Things About Working Longer Hours

1. Your mom feels so bad for you she's started doing your laundry.

2. Your neighbors are dropping off meals at your house, thinking you died. (The tuna casserole was excellent.)

3. The dog has quit shredding the drapes. It's no fun when you're not around to yell about it.

4. The overnight security guard at work has been letting you in on some really good deals. It's amazing the stuff that falls off the back of a truck!

5. You won $5 from the cleaning lady who said no way would a sleeping bag fit under the desk. Way!

6. No standing in line for coffee at Starbucks. You're first in line when the doors open.

7. Living in the same suit for five days straight has really cut down on your dry cleaning bill.

8. For Halloween, you didn't have to buy a costume. You went as one of the "undead" and won first prize in the scariest costume category.

9. Your stalker finally gave up and went away, saying your schedule was just too exhausting.

10. You don't have far to go for your weekly groceries -- the vending machine is just down the hall!

Are you working longer hours? How do you remain upbeat?


Anonymous said...

Anita - Leave it to you to show us the bright side of all of this. :-)

Maybe companies have cut back on this, but when I worked 15+ hour days on Wall Street, we always ordered in dinner. My colleague had a drawer stuffed full of menus (it was New York City - LOTS of take out!)

I remember at the time thinking it was a benefit - I didn't have to worry about dinner, and the company picked up the tab. I learned to really like Japanese salads!

Anita said...

That is a benefit...I remember only get a choice of "pizza" or "pizza." Of course, I wasn't working in NYC with all the wonderful options!
Thanks for adding to the list!

Anonymous said...

I keep upbeat about the long hours by reminding myself to be thankful that at least I have the chance to work longer hours when a lot of people right now would to have that problem!

Anita said...

You're so right. I'll bet a lot of people are willing to work overtime right now with nary a complaint.
Thanks for adding your thoughts.