I received a call from a friend yesterday, seeking my opinion about her current job situation. In the last few years, I could see how stressful her job had been and always thank my lucky stars that I have no boss to report to.
No doubt she's highly paid, the kind of mental stress she goes through everyday is really uncalled for. Her boss and colleagues are scattered across different time zones, so she's expected to stay up late to attend mid-night conference calls, no matter how insignificant some of them are.
As if that is not enough, her boss will happily call her up when she's asleep at 3am, even it is not an emergency. If she doesn't pick up her mobile phone, he calls her home, waking the family up at ungodly hours. She calls him back to find him cussing over the phone like a madman.
She's practically enslaved to her job and shackled to her Blackberry. She wakes up early and stays up late to communicate with her colleagues. She even attends conference calls when she's on vacation!
As you can imagine, it's difficult to be happy if you have a demanding boss who doesn't give a damn about your life outside of work. Just because he's a workholic, he expects everyone working under him to live a life like him! Not only that, he doesn't treat his colleagues with respect.
So she has had enough of all this corporate shit. No surprise really, it is only a matter of time. In fact, I am amazed that she had tolerated for so long. She's afterall a very intelligent and successful high flier.
When she called for me for advice, I can only tell her this. "Yes, we all have to earn a living but we don't have to put up with such abuse. Life is more than work and money. You're smarter than I am, if I can make it, you can do much better. More importantly, once you're out of this toxic environment, you'll be happy and free."
Indeed, a happy person will see things in a different light. She'll be inspired to take on new challenges. And good things will happen to happy and positive people.