The 7 things I Miss about Having a Job


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I have been working from home on one contract after another for two years now. While there are some things I love about being self-employed and working from home, there are some things I really miss about having a job.  I miss: 

1. Income security: I love doing my work; research, writing, policy development, but I hate having to find the money to pay for my work. When I had a job, I never had to worry about funding my work.   I just did it.  I really miss that.

2. Time Security: I have never seen a job as merely something that pays the bills.   I am a woman with a mission.  So even when I had job security, I used my time efficiently.  I worked hard, intensely, and did not take a lot of time off for training, conferences or sickness.  But, with a job, there was comfort in knowing that if something took longer than was expected, which it always does, I would still be paid for that extra time.  When working on contracts, I am always racing the clock; always working beyond the limits of my budget; and consequently, spending a lot of time working for free.

3. Co-conspirators: I miss having collegues. I miss having people to brainstorm with.  I love the creative projects that can result from collaboration between a multi-disciplinary team of talented professionals.  I miss having people who can constructively
critique my work.  It is like swinging from a trapeze without a net.  I miss having co-workers with whom I can celebrate the victories, commiserate about the losses, and
grouse about the frustrations.

4. Sense of Community: I miss being a valued member of a team; the feeling that I work with a group of people who know and care about the work I do, as I care about theirs.  I miss feeling that I am part of a team that is working toward a shared goal.

5. Work friends: I miss the socializing that happens at work. It is something that we don’t think much about when we are working, but we miss it once we leave a job. There are all the small conversations that happen spontaneously in the course of a work day, over the photocopier, during lunch, and at the end of a meeting. I miss that!

6. IT Support: I miss having an IT team who can sort me out when my computer freezes, crashes or glitches!  I have a pretty good IT guy (my husband) but he is away on work trips half the time. I cross my fingers and pray to the Goddess of Electronic Gadgetry every time he goes away.

7. Administrative Support: I missing having well trained administrative people around who can assist when I am formatting a report, stuffing envelopes, proofing my own documents, printing my documents, and setting up teleconferences.  Anyone who does not think that a competent Administrative Assistant is worth his/her weight in gold has never gone without one!!

About kp

I am a woman and a mother, a sister and a wife. I have called myself a socialist and a feminist, an environmentalist and an activist, a pagan and an atheist. But, at this stage in my life, none of these labels feel right. I am searching; trying to find an inner calm; trying to make peace with life's disappointments; trying to answer the big questions in my own small life.
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2 Responses to The 7 things I Miss about Having a Job

  1. Hi KP,
    I love your two ‘Seven Things’ posts–great idea to put them together, by the way. I read them and felt like you hit the nail on the head with both of them, as though you were ‘receiving’ the thoughts of people who are working or who want to work and wrote them down for all of us. Life is a struggle sometimes and a juggle!
    You are right about missing our colleagues–when I got sick I wasn’t prepared for the sense of loss I felt from missing those I’d worked with. Thank you.
    Pam b

    • kp says:

      Thanks Pam…I did not plan to do them both; that just happened. It is a reflection of the deep internal split within myself on this issue. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to feel isolated from the world by one’s health. It has become such a speedy world; there is no one left in the community to connect with people who are housebound any more. Does your blog help with that?

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