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(The Atlantic)   Stressed out at work? Overwhelmed, totally exhausted and wanting to kill your co-workers? Yep, you're an American worker   (theatlantic.com) divider line 23
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2014-03-26 02:35:01 AM
4 votes:
I remember one warrant officer I used to work for, whose total technical inability was only equalled by his ability to somehow take credit for every piece of work done by his subordinates. To describe this man as a back-stabber would have been an insult to back-stabbers.
When I found out a few years later that he was dying of "cancer" (read AIDS), I felt incredibly guilty. Here the man was dying a slow, miserable death, when I could've given him a quick one.
2014-03-26 08:02:40 AM
3 votes:
Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays.
2014-03-26 02:33:21 AM
3 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Pichu0102: Is there any hope for the future of anyone not born into wealth, or lucky enough to pull off a multi million dollar company? Is the average person always just going to be miserable until the day they die?

Sometimes I think it would be more humane to relax restrictions on assisted suicide, but I quickly realize that won't solve anything any more than any other action we take. Miserable from cradle to grave seems to be the default for a grand majority of people.

Think of life like a video game.

You can grind all your life and have a relatively simple path. Just keep grinding, money and experience will come in, eventually you'll be living better than you were when you started the game. But you don't have much to your name except what you earned from grinding.

You can alternatively flail wildly, enjoy yourself, and end up with no experience and no money.

The ideal path is to save some of that money, invest it in better tools that will increase your ability to earn money and experience. Yeah, maybe you have to grind a little harder, but as time wears on, you earn more from the better tools and eventually the grinding becomes easier and leveling up becomes faster.

Or you can buy your way into the game, dominate it without spending any time, just money. Very few people start here, and it's a waste of time to concentrate on these guys unless they are directly griefing you.


Yeah, you do all that, and then some asshole hacks your account, steals what he wants, sells the rest, and deletes all your toons except for the level one blue haired gnome you rolled for the 20 man raid on Hogger.  So you get so depressed you delete the entire game.  Game over, man, game over.
2014-03-26 12:32:36 AM
3 votes:
Hmm. I don't see a column for "Stress" or "Quality of Life" here on the spreadsheet... And I don't see it in Oracle... It doesn't appear anywhere on the profit and loss report....

It must not be an issue.
2014-03-26 08:34:18 AM
2 votes:

No Such Agency: So after a day at work, HE gets to kick back and put his feet up... but HER day at work keeps going?  That sounds... equitable.


It also explains why  AAAspends all of his time trolling Fark, because there's no way that guy is in a relationship with anything other than redtube.
2014-03-26 02:51:28 AM
2 votes:
Calling them co-workers would suggest that they actually farking worked!!!!
2014-03-26 01:56:07 AM
2 votes:
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2014-03-26 12:45:19 AM
2 votes:
I don't want to kill them. I just want to see them not alive... Anymore.
2014-03-26 01:48:13 PM
1 votes:

BMFPitt: Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays.


No, man. shiat, no. I do believe you'd get your ass kicked if you said something like that, man.
2014-03-26 08:24:06 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: A lot of the "quality of life" complaints derive from the hell that men put up with at home from their wives who complain about the men being at work all the time and never helping at home. It's as if they don't understand the concept of division of labor.

I work hard to support the family, my job is to continue increasing my pay so as to make my family comfortable. Your job as a stay-at-home wife is to take care of the daily routine of the house. Washing the dishes, dear, is your job, no matter how much you think I should do it because you're "tired" and have been "busy all day".

Housework is tough. No one said it wasn't. But so is earning a living. Everyone has a job to do. Quitcherbiatchin.


What the shiat?

Did I wake up in the 1960s?

...

Don Draper?
2014-03-26 06:38:37 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: A lot of the "quality of life" complaints derive from the hell that men put up with at home from their wives who complain about the men being at work all the time and never helping at home. It's as if they don't understand the concept of division of labor.

I work hard to support the family, my job is to continue increasing my pay so as to make my family comfortable. Your job as a stay-at-home wife is to take care of the daily routine of the house. Washing the dishes, dear, is your job, no matter how much you think I should do it because you're "tired" and have been "busy all day".

Housework is tough. No one said it wasn't. But so is earning a living. Everyone has a job to do. Quitcherbiatchin.


So after a day at work, HE gets to kick back and put his feet up... but HER day at work keeps going?  That sounds... equitable.
2014-03-26 06:30:14 AM
1 votes:

cherryl taggart: If my coworkers would simply do the job assigned, when assigned, we might actually not be stressed all the freaking time.  Instead, it's let's have another meeting to discuss the project, another meeting to brainstorm how we can recruit volunteers to do the work and give us credit, table the discussion until after a couple of days pass, see deadline as a mere suggestion, have a few more meetings to discuss how awful all the rough sketches are, realize deadline is now imminent, stress out and accept any rough draft as final, complain bitterly over rejection by consumers, nit-pick the carcass, move on to next project.  Lather, rinse, repeat until downsizing occurs, when all the newest hires are fired, and the fossils continue to do business from the good old days of the 1960's, while complaining about getting no appreciation from the industry for being an example of a zombie, living off past glories.


Wow. I heard it was bad at Microsoft, but wow.
2014-03-26 06:07:39 AM
1 votes:

Shadowe: Because American culture isn't anti-welfare, that's a common misunderstanding. American culture is Pro-Suffering.


I kind of always described it as U.S. style economics is the most efficient mechanism for converting resources into misery.
2014-03-26 05:05:14 AM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: You have to have your priorities, and decide what you can live without, is all. And what you want to have.

My sister has five kids, a full-time job, a dog, and a mostly worthless husband (he works, and that's about it). The kids all have various sports activities, homework, piles of clothes, and demands on her attention. She tried for a while; but now she takes time to sleep, eat, and read by not cleaning the house every day, or cooking dinner every night. The kids get take-out or pizza or chicken nuggets for dinner.

If people don't like it (it drives my mom crazy), well, too bad. She's busy and wants to have fun with her kids now and to live to see all her grandkids someday, so something has to give, and since my BIL won't do his share of the chores, it's live in a messy house and don't cook for five finicky kids all the time. And she's a lot less stressed than many of these women with fewer kids who are trying to live the perfect suburban dream.

You just CAN'T have it all, ladies and gentlemen. Sorry.


And if she could read the instructions on a box of condoms, she wouldn't have all of these problems.
2014-03-26 04:59:16 AM
1 votes:

SuperTramp: U.S. The Only Advanced Economy That Does Not Require Employers To Provide Paid Vacation Time

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Well I mean, think about it. All that money being diverted from the shareholders. Paying vacation time could have an adverse effect. It might devalue stock. Bad idea. Best to keep it voluntary. That way struggling corporations can keep their holdings in the US.
2014-03-26 03:56:51 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: RanDomino: [www.iww.org image 299x342]

You laugh, but with modern technology 4 hours a day accomplishes a shiat ton more than 8 or 12 used to. There's no John Henry that can out-harvest a combine.

He's not laughing. He's a true believer.


Hey, ummm...the boss wants five copies of that report you just finished, as soon as possible.

Ohh, sorry.  The printer's broken, you can't just open the file on your computer, hit "print" five times, then have a cup of coffee while you wait for all the paper to come out.
Copy machine's down, too.

But we found your original copy and here's a typewriter, have at it.  Oh yeah, no printer means no AutoCAD renders, either, doesn't it?  Well, there's a lightbox table and plenty of sketching paper.  You want a compass, straightedge, and slide rule too, or are you good with just freehanding it?

Oh did I forget to mention he wants it in the other office, the one halfway across the country?  No, you know him, he won't accept an emailed master copy, take it to Kinkos, and have them do it on their copy machines...type it up by hand and mail it, chop chop.

/I expect by now you understand office automation's productivity increases...
2014-03-26 02:26:43 AM
1 votes:
Ok so if that's normal for an American worker, what's normal for an American Postal Worker?

True story: working at postal sorting facility, we had a co-worker who was super nice and friendly to everybody until one day he didn't come in. We discovered that he'd killed and dismembered his girlfriend (parts of her were never found) and carried the body around with him for a couple days before being discovered.
2014-03-26 02:14:24 AM
1 votes:
Still working at this hour so yes I am overwhelmed.  No coworkers left to kill, though.
2014-03-26 02:13:24 AM
1 votes:
I don't know about that one lady's microwave, but on mine if I just hit the 3 key, it automatically does a 3 minute cook.

Plus, if the extra time it takes to hit two extra buttons on the microwave is going to make a huge difference in your quality of life, then you life is officially a living hell.
2014-03-26 02:12:25 AM
1 votes:

Pichu0102: Is there any hope for the future of anyone not born into wealth, or lucky enough to pull off a multi million dollar company? Is the average person always just going to be miserable until the day they die?

Sometimes I think it would be more humane to relax restrictions on assisted suicide, but I quickly realize that won't solve anything any more than any other action we take. Miserable from cradle to grave seems to be the default for a grand majority of people.


Think of life like a video game.

You can grind all your life and have a relatively simple path. Just keep grinding, money and experience will come in, eventually you'll be living better than you were when you started the game. But you don't have much to your name except what you earned from grinding.

You can alternatively flail wildly, enjoy yourself, and end up with no experience and no money.

The ideal path is to save some of that money, invest it in better tools that will increase your ability to earn money and experience. Yeah, maybe you have to grind a little harder, but as time wears on, you earn more from the better tools and eventually the grinding becomes easier and leveling up becomes faster.

Or you can buy your way into the game, dominate it without spending any time, just money. Very few people start here, and it's a waste of time to concentrate on these guys unless they are directly griefing you.
2014-03-26 02:10:32 AM
1 votes:
The assembly line at the Ford plant in the very early days was so fast, workers would become psychotic and attack each other.  Henry Ford slowed the line and the violence quickly subsided.

IMHO, all the gains of TR's Progressive Republicans and the various unions over the years have essentially been eliminated.  Now we're seeing the elimination of basic civil rights with the number of insane SCOTUS rulings, shiat like that AZ law and the Hobby Lobby nonsense.

Give it another decade and we'll envy the Chinese for their civil and worker's rights!
2014-03-26 02:04:57 AM
1 votes:
A lot of the "quality of life" complaints derive from the hell that men put up with at home from their wives who complain about the men being at work all the time and never helping at home. It's as if they don't understand the concept of division of labor.

I work hard to support the family, my job is to continue increasing my pay so as to make my family comfortable. Your job as a stay-at-home wife is to take care of the daily routine of the house. Washing the dishes, dear, is your job, no matter how much you think I should do it because you're "tired" and have been "busy all day".

Housework is tough. No one said it wasn't. But so is earning a living. Everyone has a job to do. Quitcherbiatchin.
2014-03-26 01:40:24 AM
1 votes:
I knew the risks when I took up the Mop and Bucket and first rolled into the booths.
 
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