A new person at work has decided that they’re going to manage everybody’s training records. I suspect because they just got hired, nobody is telling them what to do, and they feel that have to do, like, something, anything? Normally this wouldn’t matter to me, but now they’re after me on my training records like I work for them. Normally this wouldn’t matter to me, but all our work training sucks and is a check in the block.
Plus, all this extra work, spreadsheets, training records, etc, is all paper printed off, signed, scanned whatever. We go through a legendary amount of paper in this office. It’s like it’s still 1947. We buy paper by the pallet full. All trees must pay, for the alter of work. Bow down to it, or they get mad at you and put your name in red text on an excel spreadsheet.
There’s this theory going around, I think somebody wrote a book, on the era of white collar “bullshit” jobs. Where folks think they (or actually) accomplish nothing of actual value. They just keep the hamster wheel of their place of business moving along. I’ve read a few articles lately about how all that’s a lie, and that much of this work actually matters, it’s just most people hate their jobs.
I would tend to agree with that, that most people don’t like their jobs. But the idea that our super modern white collar world is not about 73% bullshit, is, well, not exactly, precisely correct. On a given day I’d say about only 1/3 of what I do actually matters. The rest is the hamster wheel that my boss, or his new training assistant, makes me do that has no value.
I should quit this bullshit gig and go take care of homeless puppies. But then I’d have a bill pay problem, my dog’s kibble is expensive, beer doesn’t pay for itself. I should quit and take a risk at value, I won’t, that’s the trap I guess. We all got bills to pay and white collar work combined with dead trees means you don’t work in a cadmium mine 12 hours a day.