What a fantastic comment! I've wanted to work for myself for about a half year. Your ideas have reinvigorated me in my endeavor to work for myself, particularly because where I work has become stressful, provoking me to submit an analysis of problems at work and what to do to resolve them.
For a few weeks I've considered writing an analysis of my job because most times it overwhelms me. I've taken notes and have ruminated them to compose them for my manager and, maybe, just maybe, for our owners.
My job should be easy, but it's difficult, even unremitting at times. I perform duties that fall under two positions at my place of employment and sometimes I'm pigeon holed into fulfilling duties of another position, totaling three positions which brings me great stress occasionally and weakens my quality of work. My motto about work is the adage "smarter, not harder," which would be my analysis' thesis.
The owners of where I work are new to it and, I think, to being business owners to something whose customers are anyone and everyone instead of what they were, a place catering to businesses, specifically the finances of businesses. This month marks the owners' first year of owning the establishment. I've worked here for four months and almost all of it operates in disorganization whose creation, I deduce, started at least six years ago, compounding the ability of established employees to get away with unloading duties onto new employees or low level employees (of whom I'm one) without compensation or compensation well below fairness.
I don't mind working and working hard, but I want to be compensated for my work. Although delineating the problems at work and offering resolutions to overcome them would take a fair amount of time, I can do it, but I'm uneasy about submitting it, my delineation, my analysis, because I wonder if it would backfire on me immediately or linger in my owners' minds to use against me someday or, simply, meet their dismissal, each case amounting to a colossal waste of my time and effort.
From what I judge about my manager and owners, I think they would appreciate my analysis, but I'm not sure, so I continue to not write it and only grumble to my manager about certain things to which she shows sympathy but doesn't grasp what I'm saying, doesn't grasp the whys and hows of what I say. I think her not understanding is because her time there, so to speak, has sucked her into the fold of the place's operations, blinding her to some aspects of work or causing her to judge those aspects concerning this position alone and relative to all positions as if they're the same as when she worked this position, six years ago, when the economy wasn't experiencing consolidation close to what is. She doesn't understand why this position was easy compared to how it is, difficult, or that if it was difficult and is difficult, she doesn't factor in the obvious, that the previous owner is the previous owner: He didn't know how to run a business, which is to say he didn't know how to manage money and employees relative to customers. If how she acts reflects the owners' awareness of my position, and why wouldn't it because this position is without modification since the ownership change, who I need to talk with are the owners.
Argh. I don't know what to do. I'll just go with the wind, I guess. I'll keep thinking and in time I'll do what needs to be done, whatever that is, whether it be nothing or submitting my analysis.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.
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