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What’s wrong at work?

What’s wrong at work?

Kipp’s poll wanted to know, if you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? The results are in, and there is one rather predictable winner.


July 26, 2010 3:54 by

Work sucks. Your jobs sucks. My job sucks. Everybody’s job sucks.

Ok, so maybe not for you right now, maybe not often, but for just about every person in employment, at some point, work can be one heck of a drag.

And it’s not hard to understand why. According to research posted by Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Workweek, people now work approximately 8 weeks longer per year than in 1969. In total hours, the average middle income family works four months per year longer than in 1979. Some 40 percent of employees work overtime or bring work home with them at least once a week.

Do these stats accurately reflect working patterns in the UAE? Hard to say. But given the high number of expatriates in the country who come here purely to work, and the punishing effects of the economic downturn, my own anecdotal evidence tells me that the UAE is probably up there in terms of punishing work routines. But many seem to thrive on the country’s work hard, play hard vibe, thinking nothing of a 12 hour day in the office followed by a restaurant and then drinks until late.

But is this fulfilling? Wouldn’t Kipp’s readers – largely comprised of people in the UAE – rather slow down a little, cut back at work and find a little balance?

Well, no they wouldn’t, as it turns out. In its most recent poll, Kipp asked readers: If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? The results are in, and the winner, by a country mile, is cash. Money, moolah, spondulicks: it’s what 43.1 percent of you are all about. Never mind the vacation time, you can handle the hours – just so long as the paycheck increases, you’ll put up with it. Fair enough, Kipp says – at least you’re honest about it.

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