Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Employment Is in the Air

It would seem that everyone is talking about employment (or lack thereof) these days. Let's begin with today's comics (you can click on the images for larger versions, if these are too small or fuzzy):

In addition, one housemate just sent out this article about the top ten reasons to quit your job. It's a passable list, though I didn't see anywhere on it, "You're not making enough money." That seems like an obvious one.

In fact, some time ago Lucy Kellaway - a wonderful columnist for the FT who addresses such pressing problems as "My boss wants to be my friend on Facebook" and runs a close second to Yulia Tymoshenko as my secret love interest - wrote a column on this very topic of quitting your job. She took to task all the business-speak types who talk about "meaningful expectations," "affirmation" and "fulfillment." It's about the money, she said. And some other stuff. Which I don't remember because I can't find the article online right now. So major points to you if you can.

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  • Actually, not making enough money is covered by the third point in the article, assuming it was a good decision to take the job in the first place.

    Compensation is important, but it's not everything, and these other factors deserve consideration. If I can make X at Y personal cost (let's say 45 hours/week, moderate stress) or I could make 1.5X at 1.2Y personal cost, it might seem a good deal. But what if I can make 2X at 2Y personal cost? Or 10X at 2Y personal cost? At a certain threshold, it's not worth it no matter what the compensation.

    By Blogger Paul, at 2:12 PM, February 26, 2008  

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    By Blogger Standish, at 3:27 PM, February 26, 2008  

  • Could you graph that for us?

    By Blogger Aaron, at 3:28 PM, February 26, 2008  

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    By Blogger Susan, at 4:24 PM, February 26, 2008  

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