There’s a lot to be said for being your own boss working your own hours in your own house. Most of it revolves around wearing your pajamas during the day, but other work -at- home types cite the freedom and the creativity. I would agree with that statement, but every once in a while, I miss Corporate America with its fancy copy machines and on-site meetings with lunch provided.
Most of all, I miss Corporate America when my technology goes south, like in the last few days.
Notice that my little blog is pictureless. And I know not why, but several days ago, my picture uploading capabilities just stopped working. Webmaster Sarah and I have been trying to figure out the cause, but it looks like we may have to call in a Word Press Expert. If you are one, leave contact info below!
And then my e-mail went all jiggy on me, leading to a two- hour odyssey with my MSN. The problem is still not fixed but I canceled my service and I’m getting a refund! So Pyrrhic victory for me! The tech situation made me realize how much I miss Joe, our delightful IT Man at my last job in Corporate America.
And then there are the other advantages of Corporate America that I pine for:
Free Blood Sugar Testing Every once in awhile, Corporate America had health fairs in the lobby of our building. I don’t why, but there were medical professionals there to give us tests at lunchtime. Such a timesaver! Loved that.
Copy Paper and Unlimited Pens It may seems like a small inconvenience to buy pens and paper, but that’s because you have never run out of copy paper or a working pen late Sunday night when you need to print out a contract, sign it, and fax it back by Monday morning 8 am EST. Add printer toner, business -sized envelopes and Fed Ex slips to the list of office supplies that mysteriously run out at home.
The Break Room Yes, Every break room in Corporate America is a Depository for Stale Carbohydrates and Old Lunches. But our break room had unlimited popcorn and diet Coke! That was sweet. No such provision in my house.
The Ladies Room What a great place to waste time. So much better than going into my own bathroom during the day. Plus, we could listen in to the conversation of the young employees from another division of the Company. I loved overhearing the conversation of the “club girls,” as we called them, who dressed so inappropriately for a corporate setting and had highly personal conversations in public! Awesome.
Jonas Brother and Miley Cyrus sightings Okay, I understand that doesn’t happen at most offices, but when you work in the same building as Radio Disney, like we did, it happened all the time. And, because they were Big Stars, Corporate America would provide breakfast burritos and beverages for their enjoyment. Which they never ate, of course. So we would. Yum.
Have you left your corporate job for greener pastures? What do you miss?
Embracing my chaos, Lian