Monday, September 21, 2009

So THAT'S why it's impossibly tough at times!

I follow Gretchin Rubin on her website at She recently posted something that made me snicker: 12 tips to create a happier, more productive workplace! As you know, my workplace is my home. My job title includes everything from poop clean up and disposal to life coach/counselor to food preparation to activities director to whatever else needs to happen to ensure the health and safety of the two people "under" me who constantly behave like children (the nerve!) Let's look at these tips, shall we? I am defining "at work" to be the times I am home with our kids while Superman is also at work.

See if you find a way to answer "yes" to these 12 questions:

1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?

(Yes. Everything. All the time.)

2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work correctly?

(Sometimes. Sometimes not. Depends on who you ask.)

3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

(HAH. Not a chance.)

4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?

(No. My daughter's definition of "good work" is quite a bit different from mine.)

5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?

(Not really. More as a provider of food and clean bottoms.)

6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

(Not so much.)

7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?

(Not one bit. But fortunately I have the last word.)

8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel like my work is important?

(This is quite possibly the only thing keeping me from quitting on a daily basis!)

9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?

(Yes. Thanks Superman!)

10. Do I have a best friend at work?

(Does Facebook count?!?)

11. In the last six months, have I talked with someone about my progress?


12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow?



  1. Nathan is son of reggae singer Lorna Gee. Nathan and his mother moved to Jamaica when he was just 2 years old so that she could pursue her career. As her profile developed she relocated to America while Nathan remained in Jamaica with his grandmother. At the age of 5 he joined his mother in New York where they settled until Nathan turned 11.

  2. Wow, that's a really interesting series of questions! I was just talking to Nathan last night about how I'm feeling bored and stuck in my job, and answering those questions is very interesting to my situation :) Thanks for sharing!