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BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job

GUEST,Skipy 24 Mar 05 - 08:03 PM
SINSULL 24 Mar 05 - 08:13 PM
jimmyt 24 Mar 05 - 08:20 PM
Bobert 24 Mar 05 - 09:02 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 24 Mar 05 - 09:16 PM
Amos 24 Mar 05 - 10:10 PM
Rapparee 24 Mar 05 - 10:14 PM
CarolC 24 Mar 05 - 10:56 PM
GUEST 24 Mar 05 - 11:14 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 25 Mar 05 - 04:05 AM
greg stephens 25 Mar 05 - 04:54 AM
Joe Offer 25 Mar 05 - 05:27 AM
Layah 25 Mar 05 - 08:03 AM
GUEST,Paul Burke 25 Mar 05 - 08:46 AM
Fibula Mattock 25 Mar 05 - 08:53 AM
Rapparee 25 Mar 05 - 09:01 AM
jeffp 25 Mar 05 - 09:40 AM
GUEST,Mooh 25 Mar 05 - 09:43 AM
PoppaGator 25 Mar 05 - 11:30 AM
Clinton Hammond 25 Mar 05 - 11:48 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 25 Mar 05 - 11:56 AM
Pauline L 25 Mar 05 - 02:11 PM
Big Al Whittle 25 Mar 05 - 02:27 PM
jimmyt 25 Mar 05 - 03:31 PM
Amos 25 Mar 05 - 03:55 PM
PoppaGator 25 Mar 05 - 04:32 PM
GUEST,Mooh 25 Mar 05 - 05:41 PM
jimmyt 25 Mar 05 - 08:12 PM
mg 25 Mar 05 - 09:00 PM
John O'L 25 Mar 05 - 10:36 PM
Peter Kasin 25 Mar 05 - 10:51 PM
Pauline L 26 Mar 05 - 12:33 AM
GUEST,Bill the Collie 26 Mar 05 - 01:01 AM
jimmyt 26 Mar 05 - 08:21 AM
jimmyt 26 Mar 05 - 10:44 PM
Little Hawk 26 Mar 05 - 10:46 PM
Pauline L 26 Mar 05 - 11:46 PM
Willie-O 27 Mar 05 - 10:16 AM
Firecat 27 Mar 05 - 04:51 PM
Linda Mattson 27 Mar 05 - 04:59 PM
RangerSteve 28 Mar 05 - 06:31 AM
Fibula Mattock 28 Mar 05 - 06:47 AM
GUEST 28 Mar 05 - 08:25 AM
ranger1 28 Mar 05 - 08:36 AM
GUEST 29 Mar 05 - 04:45 AM
GUEST,Liz the Squeak 29 Mar 05 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Mrs.Duck 29 Mar 05 - 07:18 AM
GUEST 29 Mar 05 - 06:06 PM
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Subject: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 08:03 PM

O/K rate it, you boss won't read this, how happy are you?
I am about 15% = 15. I have put so much in over the years & they keep piling more on (or is it me MORON)?
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 08:13 PM

100% - I am unemployed.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jimmyt
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 08:20 PM

I would say a 90. A year ago I was at a low and probably a 60 but I have taken control of the situation correcting the things that were sapping my strength, and it seems that every day is a pretty good one now. I still have low moments, but by and large I work with positive upbeat people, we have a lot of fun at work, we treat patients and the vast majority of them are terrific. I am slowly getting rid of the ones that sap my energy. I love feeling like I am helping people. It is very positive energy.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Bobert
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 09:02 PM

101.....

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 09:16 PM

99%. I'm self-employed, doing something that isn't really work. I create beautiful things and people pay me money for doin' it. I work as much or as little as I want. I get to travel and meet interesting people.

The only reason I'm not 100% happy is because I sell my art at festivals, which are always on weekends, so It's not practical for me to play in a band anymore. Kinda hard to book music gigs around being on the road at art shows half the weekends of the year.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Amos
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 10:10 PM

But you could talk yer own group into coming to the festivals and performing behind your display, and pay 'em a cut of the difference. They'd like that!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 10:14 PM

About 90%. It would be higher if I could set my own tax rate and didn't have to justify everything we need to the City Council.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: CarolC
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 10:56 PM

80%. Self employed, but just starting out. The percentage will probably get higher the longer I do it (and the more I get paid).

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 11:14 PM

90% I live and work in an interesting country, my company is UK privately owned and no day is ever the same.

If you would have asked me 18 months ago I nwould have said <20% due to working for GE one of the wordls biggest companies and one of the worst comapanies I have ever worked for.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 04:05 AM

Nice to see so many people happy in what they do.

My rating is about 10%, as an employee of a UK County Council, but that's only for the next year, till I retire.

After that it's the music full time and the rating on that will be 200%+.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: greg stephens
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 04:54 AM

I'm not going to be outdone by Bobert. I'll go 102.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 05:27 AM

I'd say I had about 90 percent satisfaction for the 22 years I worked as an investigator doing security clearance investigations as an employee the U.S. Government. I love the opportunities I had to travel, explore the world, and meet interesting people. Then my job was privatized, and the philosophy went from "do a good job, efficiently" to "do it cheap and fast, and don't do anything more than the minimum requirements. My job satisfaction went down to about 25 percent. I made a lot of money, quit after three years, and got a windfall from the sale of my employer's stock. Now I'm a bum, and my job satisfaction is 180 percent - even better than Bobert's.

Ironically, both the quality and quantity of my work went down when we privatized. Instead of following common sense and a quality-oriented philosophy, we had to follow all sorts of nit-picky government regulations that were put in place to control our managers' "cheap and quick" philosophy.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Layah
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 08:03 AM

I don't know if I count, since I don't have a job and instead I'm a student, but my satisfaction with being a student is 95, which sort of explains why I am still a student and don't have a job.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 08:46 AM

-1. I'm self employed and have been for 20 years, and probably unemployable now. Jobs drying up, regulation going loony, Beau Rocracy (another Foreign Legionnaire?) running riot....

Thank goodness for cheap Rioja.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 08:53 AM

95%. Would be 100% if I was permanent and not dependent on one research grant to the next. I get: to do interesting work, to travel, to meet interesting people, unlimited coffee, shithot computing equipment, my own research agenda (outside of project agenda), to drive landrovers, to work my own hours, to work in a fantastic building, paid.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 09:01 AM

Another thing -- I've been told by more than a few of my staff that since I've started making them learn new stuff and stretch themselves, they're A LOT happier and they "love me for it."

E.g.: someone comes to me with an idea or problem -- say, redoing the brochures that explain the library and offering them in both English and Spanish. I ask a few questions, and then say, "Okay, go ahead. Check with me if you have questions or problems, and let me see the final draft." This surprised them at first, because I meant it. Now I even have a clerk as our representative to a local committee which will definitely give the town a reputation boost and might well grab the Library a check for USD 5,000. She's ecstatic and stretching herself, learning more, putting her study (working on a bachelors's in international relations) into practice, meeting those in the community who might help her after she graduates, and I don't have to do it! Everyone wins (and my last comment is facetious).


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jeffp
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 09:40 AM

At least 95%. I've got a great boss, tremendous benefits and great co-workers. I have too little to do, however, so I'm going to start taking classes to complete my degree and move into another department (with the same manager; she heads 2 departments) which I think will challenge me more and better suit my abilities.

My boss is so wonderful. She worked with me when my wife needed surgery so that I could do some work at home and rearrange my schedule so that I didn't use up the last of my leave for the year until the last day of the year. Can't beat that kind of cooperation. Loyal? Me? You betcha.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Mooh
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 09:43 AM

Self-employed as an instructor of private music lessons and in control of most of the variables so I guess about 95% satisfied. It would be better if students practiced more, cancelled less, if overhead was lower, and if I could charge more. But what the hell, there will always be something to improve or there wouldn't be a challenge.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 11:30 AM

Maybe people happy with their jobs are more likely to respond than others. I'm sure that a statistically random selection of the general population would turn up much less "90-102%" job satisfaction than we see here.

Speaking for myself, I can't decide whether to say 51% or 49%.

There was a time when I would have responded with a big fat 100%. I was half-owner of a typesetting business with about a dozen employees. We had a great time, keeping everyone happy ~ workers, clients, and ourselves. Unfortunately, our entire industry disappeared pretty suddenly, when computer technology (and marketing) advanced to the point where our customers could set their own type and create their own ads, brochures, etc. Our trade association even went bankrupt!

Since that happened back in the early 90s, I've been through periods of unemployment and underemployment. The job I have now is just tolerable enough that I've kept it for almost 10 years, during which I've received exactly one pay raise. On the other hand, I'm very grateful that my employer took good care of me during my extended illness last year, so the experience has not been entirely negative.

Maybe it's just that I was spoiled by my relatively brief earlier career as a successful business owner, but it's hard to feel a whole lot of satisfaction now that I have to live with less income, less autonomy, less hope for advancement, and such bleak prospects for retirement that I'll probably have to continue in similar circumstances until the day I die...


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 11:48 AM

Close enough to 100, that the difference ain't worth mentioning...


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 11:56 AM

My "day" job, probably 50% to 90%, depending on which day you ask me.

My radio work, 150%


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Pauline L
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 02:11 PM

I'm surprised at the very high percentages reported. I agree with PoppaGator: "Maybe people happy with their jobs are more likely to respond than others. I'm sure that a statistically random selection of the general population would turn up much less "90-102%" job satisfaction than we see here." It's interesting that most of the people who are very happy with their jobs are self employed.

I'm unemployed now and I'd have to rate that somewhere between -50% and -100%. When I was employed as a civil servant, I made good money but I couldn't stand my job. I wish I could be like Guest,MOOH and earn a living teaching music (as a self employed violin teacher).

I'm getting depressed reading this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 02:27 PM

about 1%
but on the bad days ....forget it.

sometimes I like the drive to work, does that count?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jimmyt
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 03:31 PM

I used to run a luandry for a whorehouse and this is definately better and much less predictable.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Amos
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 03:55 PM

JimmyT,

Why are you lying like a bed?? LOL!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 04:32 PM

Laundry at a whorehouse! Is that like being the mop-and-bucket boy at a peepshow?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Mooh
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 05:41 PM

Pauline...Yeah, it's pretty choice, but I've paid my dues. The best paying job I had was so stressful I had to leave the hard way, when my brain took a holiday unexpectedly. There were labour jobs which hurt my back, knees, and hands, and paid less than I'm worth. Live music started out good until kareoke (sp?), DJs, disco, and liquour laws cut into the income. But now, I'm playing to my strengths, finally. The market was favourable too.

All my other jobs would have rated no more than a 25% at best.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jimmyt
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 08:12 PM

Mop and bucket boy at a peep show? As I remember reading my favorite autobiography, "Brucie" by Bruce Murdock, he recalls those days as being among hs favotire times. He said, and I quote, " I have never felt closer to the earth."

I have never quite understood him, but he is one of my heroes. I sorta hope he checks in to this thread as he always has much to add.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: mg
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 09:00 PM

Maybe 90%. Meets my main goals in life, which are state retirement, fresh air and a good building to be in in case of earthquake. Unfortunately, really awful place for tsunamis. Bossman is better than most. I am queen bee of a little tiny hive so it is OK. It's nto full time so money is very bad though. So I supplement with work at the hospital, which is very routine but that is fine at this phase of my life. mg


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: John O'L
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 10:36 PM

I take care of the housework & children while my wife works.

I guess I'm about 80% happy with it.

A couple of weeks ago, on one of my more hectic days, I was thinking how nice it would be to go back to just working for somebody else while Jill took care of the house & kids.
Then I caught myself thinking - No, this is no job for a woman.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 10:51 PM

I'll see your 150%, Ron Olesko, and raise you one!

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Pauline L
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 12:33 AM

Mooh, you really did pay your dues. I'm glad you now have a job you're so happy with.

Re the whorehouse where JimmyT ran a laundry: Is that the same one where I used to play the piano?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 01:01 AM

Skipy you said my boss my boss won't read this - not true as I'm self-employed.
I'd better rate meself as 100, in case he fires me - or worse.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jimmyt
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 08:21 AM

Pauline!!!!!!!!!!!

I knew I recognised you! It is hard to really see when I am carrying piles of soiled sheets! How ya doin? Do you still do that trick with the stick of gum, the lighter and piece of string?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: jimmyt
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 10:44 PM

jo9hn from Hull used to have a job killing turkeys in a slaughter house and I reckon his job approval rating would be less than 100 percent. We need to hear from Jo9hn!


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 10:46 PM

I guess I'm at about 90% on my job. It's pretty good.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Pauline L
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 11:46 PM

JimmyT, you really can't see from behind that pile of laundry. It must have been someone else who did that trick. I hope you remember my piano playing, since you don't have to see it to enjoy it. Did you like the weay I played Chopin?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Willie-O
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 10:16 AM

Everybody seems to love their jobs, or really really hate them--I mean, when you say "95%, BUT..." I have to shake my head.

I have had a go at way too many things in my life, including a few turns in the corporate sector. Forget that, at least until I get offered big bucks again, (doesn't happen often) then I'll forget myself.

Right now though I'd go 70%, quite a favourable rating. I drive a delivery van for an organic bakery. The people I work with are nice hippies, my boss is an old friend, and the van is a 2003 Chev Express with a great stereo. I like driving, even in Toronto.

The down sides. Not enough hours in a week, too many hours in one day (15 hours on Friday, so I can't gig that night), pay is not great. But it's well worth keeping as a steady part-timer.


W-O


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Firecat
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 04:51 PM

I think I'm going to have the lowest rating on this thread!

I'm gonna go for -200,000,000,000,000. I work in a call centre making outbound calls. The number of people who I speak to on an average 3 hour shift who DON'T swear at me I could count on one hand and still have four fingers and a thumb left!

Hopefully I'm going to get sacked soon because I keep losing my voice. Fingers crossed! After that you'll have to ask me again!


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Linda Mattson
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 04:59 PM

I'm less than one month into my new job, and so far I'd say 90%. I've changed jobs and careers many times, looking for working for a good cause, making enough to live in a very expensive area, working with good people with a sense of humor, job not so overwhelming so as to keep me from music and friends. Around San Francisco this has been challenging.

A year ago, I was at minus 50, so things are looking up!

Happy Spring to all Mudcatters in the Northern Hemisphere!
(And, Happy Fall to all in the Southern)

-Linda


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: RangerSteve
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 06:31 AM

About 50 percent. It would be more, but it's a state government job run by people in Trenton who know nothing. To run a state park system, you should actually visit a state park once in a while.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 06:47 AM

I've had loads of jobs that wouldn't even make it above 5%, it's just that I finally got to a point where I could choose a job that I was very happy with. After all, you spend about 40 hours a week (minimum in my case) in work, so best pick something you like!


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 08:25 AM

I think I would be in the 75% range, if I had decent supervisors. My immediate supervisor is very bad (though it is usually easy to work around her, she has marginalized me because she is paranoid I want to take her job--as if!), and the building supervisor needed to retire 5 years ago, because she has completely lost the plot at this point. Totally burned out and ineffective as a leader.

I work in public education, and I like the benefits of having pretty good (not great) health insurance, a marginal pension plan, and some job security as member of a public employee union (though not much--our teachers union local is a joke). The best aspect of the job is I'm doing something I love--working with a very diverse group of teens in a library. I hate the job of policing kids, I hate the authoritarianism of the building and district administrators, and I hate that we are warehousing kids. I'm opposed to the "big is better" urban education model--our building warehouses 2200 kids + staff for a building designed for 1500 max.

While everyone envies us our summers off, the downside is two months less pay a year, which is a pretty damn big hit. But we aren't extravagant, and we've always been able to survive nicely with my partner's income added in. But our cars all 12-15 years old...

It's really too bad that my bad supervisor is driving me out of the job because of her paranoia, which will not be lessened with the person who will replace me. But I've got to get out, because she has marginalized me to the extent where my professional standing and mental health could suffer if I don't get out.

So that puts me down around 40% satisfied, I guess.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: ranger1
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 08:36 AM

I'm about 95% satisfied. It would be 100, but it's seasonal and our state park system is broke. Luckily, unlike RangerSteve, we have a commissioner who is visiting all of our state parks and actually talking and listening to those of us who work in the field. The rating may go down if he doesn't actually do anything about it, though.

My off-season jobs generally suck. Unemployment rates better.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:45 AM

Can we post negative quantities?


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Liz the Squeak
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 07:01 AM

I quite like my job, especially when people let me get on with it. I like it even better now I only do it 2 - 2.5 days a week.... I'd say about 80%.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST,Mrs.Duck
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 07:18 AM

On a good day about 80% on a bad one well below zero. I teach 5/6 year olds. We get the long holidays but apart from the summer vacation those are spent preparing plans for the next term or writing reports etc. The paper work is ridiculous and of course has all to be done outside our working hours as we are teaching then. I have been kicked,spat at, and called every name under the sun by kids who shouldn't even be in mainstream but when a child responds to you and you see the results it can be very rewarding. Our school is currently undergoing reorganisation combining a junior (7-11) infant (4-7) and nursery school (3-4) into one big primary in a new building. We all thought that meant we could look forward to working in a lovely new environment until they advised that we would all be finished in our posts and have to apply for jobs in the new one with absolutely no guarentees of being taken on. So much for the years of dedicated service and they won't even be offering redundancy payment due to some loophole! So current satisfaction zilch!


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 06:06 PM

my job in music 110%
travelling round the UK to do it -110%


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: hesperis
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 06:13 PM

About 90% - now I just need to get paid to do this! That'd bump it up to about 120%.


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Subject: RE: BS: scale of 1-100, how happy with your job
From: Pauline L
Date: 11 Apr 05 - 11:45 AM

Speaking of piano player in a whore house, I'm going for an interview as a medical writer. The job function is to write talks that drug companies will use to promote, no, make that educate physicians about their prescription drugs. In other words, a drug pusher. What the hell, it pays, and I'm desperate.


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