My father is probably the one man I have the most respect for. He is the star employee employers have wet dreams about, yet for some reason he spent an entire career as one of the only government employees who actually worked his ass off AND cared. When I was a teenager my dad joked every Friday that Friday just meant Monday was 3 days away. At least I always thought it was a joke.
When I started my career as a software engineer I used to make the same joke purely because it always gathered a good laugh. Then last Friday it hit me. My dad was not joking and now I truly understand.
Lets face it. 60-70 hours in the office every week is exhausting. When Friday morning rolls around I know I’m only about a 12-13 hour day away from the weekend. When Monday rolls around I’m about 60-70 hours of abuse and unproductive work away from the weekend… each and every single week…
Some try to make the argument that with all those hours, the week should go by quickly. This may be true if this was a productive week full of lots of learning, great experience and awesome co-workers. It is not. Despite the long hours, I would probably be very happy with the job if this were the case because I do enjoy the work when I am in that 8% learning time. The rest of the time my job is spent creating meaningless paperwork that the managing partner never actually looks at, but for some reason enjoys receiving.
My worthless paperwork is like my ticket to return to work each Monday for further beratings. These beratings often center around my lack of work production, which is funny because he consistently rebuffs my requests for direction or instructions by making weird analogies about driving buses and sinking or swimming. Okay, its actually not that funny. The situation is so frustrating it makes me want to scream at small children and punch chihuahuas of all ages.
So here I am, dreading Monday when I will return to my typical week of productively creating worthless paper and killing thousands of helpless trees in the process… all so I can, maybe, keep my job and receive no direction or training for another 65 hour week.