Reasons To Be Cheerful #41: Working Nine to Five

19 Jun
Standard day at the office

Standard day at the office

Working nine to five – what a way to make a living. Don’t worry, I’ll stop it there (who can blame me for trying?). But seriously, the upbeat tone of this song is just about pitch perfect. What other kind of lifestyle can offer you security, friendship and simmering bitterness played out in passive aggressive emails? There’s really nowhere like the white collar workplace. Here are my reasons to be cheerful:

1. The Routine

Woohoo, it's Monday..

Woohoo, it’s Monday..

Who doesn’t love waking up to the sound of their alarm at around 7am every morning? I know that when I wake up, the first feeling is one of excitement for the day ahead. Routine gives me guaranteed weekends off, an easy life and monotony. Swings and roundabouts as they say; or maybe phones and emails is more appropriate?

2. Perks of the Job

Whenever people find out what my job is, they invariably ask ‘oh so you get loads of free stuff then?’. A resounding no, is the answer to that question. But, what they don’t ask about are the five paid (yes, paid) sick days I get per annum, the free tea and coffee – recently reinstated after a year-long moratorium – and… no, that’s it.

3. The People

Always a couple of characters

Always a couple of characters

It’s the people that make a party and nowhere is this truer than in the workplace, where you spend approximately 99.9% of your adult life (statistic based on anecdotal data). Friends for life can be made here and ‘characters’ are guaranteed. See a previous post of mine for an account of such characters. 

4. The Office Buzz

Meeting to reach out

Meeting to reach out

If like me, you’re a young and creative media type, you’ll be familiar with the bright colours and youthful jargon and ‘flat hierarchies’ and meetings on beanbags and just all-round FUN of the office. That’s not to mention the plastic cutlery, bad email jokes and hum of dynamic energy that floats on the office airwaves.

(REASONS TO BE PISSED OFF: It’s not cynicism, it’s real life).


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