Corporate America is a necessary EVIL. I’ve never made more money than when I worked in a corporate environment. So I need this job to make money but why am I at this job? Can your career give you inspiration to live the best life?
Propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
I’ve been searching for the past few years for a job that can give me meaning. A purpose.
I envision being part of a group that is warm, friendly and a team environment. Surrounded by positive people, positive thinking and inspiration. We’ll go out for drinks once in a while. I’ll also get an hour lunch. The workload will be totally manageable with time to spare. I’ll be able to take initiatives over everyone else and be recognized as a performer. I’ll be well-liked and have good benefits/salary.
I would say 97% of the population does not have a job like the above.
Most corporate environments do not offer that kind of environment.
Corporations generally are in the business of making money. Making money means squeezing all your resources for what they are worth, including human resources. As soon as money is involved, individuals tend to get crafty, shysty and overall unfair to others in order to get a leg up. And then big bosses and companies will turn a blind eye, because it’s not effecting bottom line or rocking the boat will effect a bottom line. Financial decisions don’t take into account emotions, personal development, or personal growth. It’s only about company and business gains.
Still, many companies have mantras, company values, and goals. Many of them include excellence, honesty, integrity, teamwork. Of course you can try to buy into this. I did. And every time I was disappointment when I was overlooked for a promotion or someone who totally lacked these values received a better review. The reality is that these values are a stick and carrot method of propaganda, meant to keep employees motivated and drive revenue.
In reality, company culture/values is nothing more than clever branding. A way to keep people motivated as well as sugar coat any negative culture the company has.
So how do you stay motivated? Especially once you realize that the company values is a load of BULL*****. How do you keep the inspirational thoughts and inspirational quotes alive in your head?
Well, take a moment to think about your own values and financial goals. “If I work here X amount of years, what can I accomplish?” “What’s my next step, If I find this company isn’t working for me anymore? Can I go and do my own thing?” “Does the work itself give me happiness?” “Will this help me get to retirement/financial stability?”
Having a reason in your mind will help you get through the hardest of days and the darkest of nights. Patience and time will always be on your side, so keep at it. But don’t believe the propaganda because truth always has a way of coming to light. And motivation built on false propaganda is like a house made of sticks.