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Are you challenged enough at work?

March 2, 2009

“I’m bored out of my skull.”

Post a comment like that on Facebook or Twitter and it could cost you your job. Its already happening, no joke.

One young woman featured on CNN who lost her job this way feigns surprise. “I’m shocked! I don’t understand why I was fired!” she says.

Now, what did I tell you about people who talk faster than they think?

You’re bored. By your own admission on Facebook, not once but many times, your job doesn’t interest you anymore. You do understand that a meaningful relationship goes both ways. So why be surprised when the other party who obviously wanted 100% commitment, discovers that you’re less than impressed and tells you its over?

Sure, her boredom was expressed in “private space” on Facebook. (That she thinks the web is private tells you how much she understands about the Internet, but that’s another story.) She could say it while having lunch or in the bus on her way home. Whatever. Does it make her feelings about her job any less true? You know where I’m going with this.

And that’s the point she missed. Employers do have a right to choose someone who won’t respond to instructions with a big yawn in the same way that an employee has a right to choose a company that responds to her in a way that she prefers. Its a two-way thing so why be surprised.

On the subject of being bored at work, bored doing the job you said you’d be so excited to get and so qualified to do during your interview.

Who do you think is responsible for making it exciting? You? Your boss?

What do you think?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2009 10:14 am

    LOL, i just changed my YM status after reading this blog post. 😛

    Personally, I think YM-ing is fine. I YM with my clients and associates because its a lot faster to solve problems that way. What’s embarrassing is to broadcast to the world that one has fallen out of love with his job and would rather be somewhere else, get caught and then lie about it when confronted. Its astonishing but most people still haven’t made the connection between what they say online and might happen to them because of it.

  2. LC Teh permalink
    March 2, 2009 10:42 am

    Hahaha… who drinks my coffee? Me or my boss?

    Except for some folks sitting on that horse waiting to ride off into the sunset nobody should be on the net reading blogs right now… Urmmm… aiyoh…I think I’ll go walk around on the production floor just for the exercise…

    Actually I think reading blogs should be a requirement, especially for marketing and tech folks, cause if its honest feedback on your products that you want, that’s where you’ll find it, not some well-polished report from Gartner or IDC. In fact in my line of work, personal blogs and forums have become a more accurate source of data than high faluting consultant reports.

  3. March 3, 2009 1:44 pm

    LOL, the internet never lies 😀 and well….we can actually see the personality of someone with those online statuses 😀

    Yeah. By the time these people realize it, its too late.

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