I quit my job, with nothing to go to.

Do you know what’s scary? You know that paralysis of fear that you feel right before the drop of a rollercoaster? Or the gut wrenching anxiety when you walk into a hospital? That moment of desperation when you swerve quickly to avoid a fatal collision? We each have our own definitions of fear. For me, losing your job is scary, but what’s worse is staying in your job.

Two weeks ago, I quit my job. What I do is not impressive, and it’s not particularly well paid. In fact, it is minimum wage and it has made me miserable every day for the last 8 months. The sensible thing to do would be to line another job up before quitting, but there’s a moment of content peacefulness that comes when you reach your limit. I knew that enough was enough, and had I not done it then I am not sure I ever would have. Continue reading

Magnifying Glass: Video Surveillance in the Workplace

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As an audience built of Millenials, structured reality television is our guilty pleasure. As a nation, we consume more reality tv than ever. You’re part of one even if you weren’t aware of it. It isn’t structured, there is no Chanel lipgloss, and we don’t reap the financial benefits of photo shoots or club appearances. You’re very much under the magnifying glass, be cautious not to be crushed underneath it. Welcome to reality television.

A recent Skills and Employment Survey concluded that job insecurity is now at a 20 year high. The results established that 52% of workers are concerned about job status, and almost a third of those questioned raised concerns of unfair treatment in the workplace. Anxiety among the workplace isn’t a deviation and many struggle with daily worries when it comes to their employment. With less control and more surveillance, it could be suggested that this work orientated anxiety can result in a descent in productivity. Continue reading

Relationship Obstacle #2: Working Together – Bar Staff Edition

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“If Barack Obama can do it, why can’t I?” – Rhys Cronin (Bar Staff, Boyfriend)

Couples in the workplace are a common occurrence, and the issues that are tied to the situation are even more common. It is less of a problem if you aren’t put to work the same times, the normality of relationship routine continues with ‘How was your day?’ However, relationship boundaries are tested when working the same hours, depending on the industry you’ve both chosen (or are just stuck in).

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