Grumpy people are ill-tempered, opinionated, stubborn, probably surly, and highly uncompromising. We think of the stereotypical grumpy old man (or woman) – a curmudgeon. But a curmudgeon is also a maverick – nonconformist, individualistic, and unorthodox. And therein lies the greatness.
The holy grail of any HR benefit is to make employees happy without costing much money. But sadly, most fringe benefits fail at one or the other – either they cost the company a ton of money, or the employees don’t really care a rat’s ass about them.
Look to your left. OK, now, look to your right. What do you see? Are you surrounded by commuter traffic or cubicles? People who would clearly rather be somewhere else? Do you feel a numbing sense of Déjà vu? If so,
OK, here’s a question: If you’re trying to achieve work-life balance, is it because you feel you have too much work, or too much “life”? (Don’t answer that, it’s a silly question. We already know the answer).
I’ve seen them in every company I’ve worked: engineers in their 50s, ready to retire by every possible measurement, but with a kid (or two) in college. They’ve worked for decades in Silicon Valley, and they are, now, officially, old-timers.
Most companies desperately need skilled employees… they just don’t often act like it. Any corporate middle manager worth their salt can testify how much more difficult it is to hire and retain quality employees today than in the past. And yet,
When you can’t get a plush salary job, you’ve got to find another way. That usually means finding unique and creative ways to sell goods or services. In America, we often call these jobs “side-hustles”. But in Latin America, this is the primary source of income for most people.
They are self-centered, petty, and proud. They demand instant results like a spoiled princess on her birthday. And they think their work is somehow more important than how they treat others. Yes, Silicon Valley Executives may change the world, but that doesn’t excuse them to act like kindergartners.
I’ve always had a real problem with authority. Especially the incompetent kind. If someone tells me not to push the red button, they’d better give me a damn good reason. It’s part due to my curiosity, and part the rebel in me.
I finally dropped the bomb last week: 5 weeks notice to my employer before we head on our year-long journey to South America. (Surprise, Surprise!). What a load off my shoulders that was! There is no longer any need for pretenses.
There’s a certain satisfaction to leaving a job on your own terms. After years of being told what to do and how to do it, the tables are turned, for just a moment. I am now 2 weeks away from having that conversation once again.
We are creatures of habit. Especially when you get married, have kids, and become embedded into a career like a Mississippi tick. It is so easy to get stuck into your daily loop and annual routines. Once you build up momentum,