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wildflower's avatar

Who do you work for?

Asked by wildflower (11172points) April 15th, 2008

What gets you out of bed in the mornings? Do you do your job for money, satisfaction, growth….....?
Do you work for you, your family or your employer?
And – how intact/solid do you feel your psychological contract with your employer is?

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Upward's avatar

I live and work for my art. I sleep only because it refreshes my creative energy.
Most mornings I jump out of bed ready to work on the days projects. I work freelance so psch contract with my clients…. Very stable most of the time.

hearkat's avatar

I am employed by a group of physicians, but I consider my patients to be my bosses. I love that I have a vocation that I am good at and that allows me to help others improve their quality of life.

bluemukaki's avatar

I work for myself. At the moment all my work is a future investment; desiging a website which will hopefully, ultimately bring in a substantial income.

DS's avatar

I work for myself I’m doing a job which satisfy me plenty.

gooch's avatar

I am a Firefighter/EMT. I do my job simply because I love my job. Fighting fire is a rush. Saving a lfe is a satisfying feeling. A good day at work for me is one where I save the life of a person who is so frightened they just know they are going to die. I pray each day that God uses me to do his work and that I be allowed to return to my family after each shift. So I would like to think I work for God.

toolaura4ya's avatar

I recently got a job at a small company working as a water analyst among other things. I really like it a lot and the motivation which gets me out of bed every morning is the thought of my new career. I enjoy working for small companies over larger ones because I’ve alwaysbeen treated better and recognized for my endeavors.

iwamoto's avatar

i work at an apple store, i realy like doing it, it gives me satisfaction to see my customers happy, i like the pay too, but it’s not the reason i come into work in the morning.
the team is great, everyone likes everyone, i think that’s realy important if you work as a team, you visit one another from time to time, no “forced relations”

i work for pleasure

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shockvalue's avatar

Actually I work for myself, freelance graphic design. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. I only wish I didn’t have to pay for my health insurance, my boss is kind of stingy.

hairypalm's avatar

Military> netwoking/investigations

thetmle's avatar

I’m a full-time student and on weekends I work at a Retail Pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The pay’s decent, but I’ve been a CPhT for 7 years now and I’m getting tired of it. Hopefully I’ll be in business for myself in the near future.

St.George's avatar

Right now I work for me because I work part time and can take or leave what I do at the moment. Once I start relying on a full time paycheck? Well that may change things some.

pattyb's avatar

I hate even talking about work. Play is soooo much better.

cwilbur's avatar

I work for the money. I haven’t grown personally on a job in the last 10 years, though I have learned a lot about Dilbertian management and job environments.

Jody's avatar

I work for god, my family, my soul satisfaction.

scamp's avatar

I’m out on disability right now, but I do my job for the satisfaction. I was lucky enough to land a job with plenty of room to grow, I started out as a front desk girl in a podiatrist office, and now I am running it.. or will be when I go back. the money could be better, but I wouldn’t learn as much somewhere else. When I move at the end of this summer, I will be able to make much more money with the skills I have acquired on this job, along with a better position.

shockvalue's avatar

I hope you get well soon! Disability is never fun. It’s like when kids always wish they were sick so they could stay home from school. But as soon as they are sick they realize how much better school is over a head full of snot.

scamp's avatar

Thanks! It sucks. I’ve been home since January 8th, and it looks like I have another month to go… sigh!! I had a complicated knee surgery, and they may do more if I don’t improve soon. They are talking about a whole new knee. YAY! hear the sarcasm?

mzgator's avatar

My job is to take care of my husband, daughter and home. The hours are great, and the perks are even better. I have a great job. I wake up every morning grateful that I get to do it.

scamp's avatar

@mzgator I commend you for what you do. You have the most difficult yet most rewarding job in the world.

buster's avatar

i work for my dad and grandpa remodeling houses. ive been going to work with my pops since i was 8. im 26. its great because my dad is one of the smartest men i have ever known. and my grandpa is equally as smart and almost as wild as crazy grandpa was a paratrooper. he is almost 70 and still jumps out of planes and works hard as a man half his age. basically from my dad ive learned a lot of different trades. we do it all framing, drywall, trim, flooring, wiring, plumbing, concrete work, painting, etc. any of those things could by itself be a successfull business enterprise. it has made me self reliant knowing i can do things the right way and it has taught me a strong work ethic. also im helping my dad make money so that helps my mother and 2 younger sisters have the things they want and need.

judochop's avatar

I work for a marketing firm and a liquor or spirits company is my main client so I work also for them.
I love my job, the perks and pay are awesome.

qashqai's avatar

Consulting firm dealing with financial advisory.
We are talking about money all day.

girlofscience's avatar

Currently, I work for an attorney as a legal secretary at a law firm. (However, it’s only a six-week long position. I recently graduated college, and it is a temporary job before I move to grad school.) I do this job for money to move. Even though it’s short, my employer definitely gets me and my priorities, and I think we have a pretty firm psychological contract.

Edgarex86's avatar

I work for JCPenney customer service and I love it. I have been elected associate of the month 4x and what makes me the happiest is making a mad customer into one that’ll really appreciate shaking your hand at the end of the transaction.

MissAnthrope's avatar

The Man. :(

whattodo2's avatar

I work for myself, and I’m one tough #$%^&. The working conditions are excellent (no commute, informal dress code, good strong coffee) but there is no paid vacation, no paid sick days and I’m responsible for my own health insurance, disability insurance and pension. On the other hand, I don’t have to worry about cutbacks and layoffs (I have enough clients so tough times at one company can’t derail me) and I really, truly, enjoy what I do. Plus I am rewarded for working harder/smarter/more.

pathfinder's avatar

I work to get satisfacted my self that I do something for live.

90s_kid's avatar

In the summer, I work for my grandparents/aunt. They own a hotel. I have been actually “working” there since I was about 5.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I work as a security officer at the truck gate of a large agricultural implement manufacturer. Good work, and I enjoy it. I would never work a job I hate for very long. Life’s too short to do a job you hate.

onesecondregrets's avatar

I am a bus monitor for kids with special needs. I work for them. I work to see the people who’ve changed my life at work (some bus drivers). I work for myself. I work for the feeling it brings me when the kids brighten up my day and vice versa!

TheFonz_is's avatar

me, my wife, my son,

what do i work for would be a different answer alltogether!

houseofknightsandladies's avatar

bindery section of a local newspaper, cupcake factory as hostess/sandwich board advertiser, printing service company as website promoter.

j2saret's avatar

I work because I am the sole support of my family. As for what I do, I get to drive through 90 miles of beautiful countryside every day, bring people pre-paid items, give them a smile and leave. It sure beats doing telemarketing “quality” management.
I work for an outfit that predates the Constitution and I get paid by how hard my job is as measured every year. What could be better?

CMaz's avatar

I am a TV Station Manager. Rewarding sometimes, it is just a job. But I do have sweet couch in my office.

Strauss's avatar

@buster, a 3rd generation family business—wow!

My current occupation is “jobsearcher”. It’s a difficult occupation in this financial environment. Wifey is employed full time, so I have become homemaker, handyman, fixer-upper, household manager, innkeeper, gardener, landscaper, and child-care coordinator.

I have an offer on the table for a salaried position with a shamanistic healing center, which will probably start in September.

Facade's avatar

I’m a full-time student, which means no holidays, no weekends. The only thing that gets me out of bed is having to pee.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Up until 1DEC09 I worked for the US Army. Now I’m doing nothing; trying to decide which way my life will go. I only get out of bed because I can’t sleep any more. Retirement is not fun so far.

hearkat's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land: You truly are at a major crossroads in life! It seems that you have the rare opportunity to start with a proverbial blank slate… what do you want your answer to this question to be a year from now?

f4a's avatar

As much as I want to say that I work for myself, that I am my own boss, it is not possible. it is LOVE that gets people out of bed. The love for what we do. The same thing that makes us smile and can’t wait to do it again the next morning.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@hearkat The blank slate will probably remain so for quite some time. At present I am unemployable for a multitude of reasons. With the economy in the toilet and likely to stay that way for some time, I’m faced with an ethical dilemma. As I have a guarranteed income sufficient to meet my needs and no one dependent upon me, is it ethical for me to compete in the workforce against people who need the income to support families?

hearkat's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land: Perhaps not… but is there a novel you’ve been wanting to write? A trip you’ve wanted to take? A business venture to start?
What about volunteering? Teaching or tutoring? Non-profits?

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

“Who do you work for?”
Subway. Yay!

What gets you out of bed in the mornings?
Survival, self-respect, and hope for a better job.

Do you do your job for money, satisfaction, growth….....?
Money. I also do it as a way to survive until I can get a better job.

Do you work for you, your family or your employer?
I work for myself.

And – how intact/solid do you feel your psychological contract with your employer is?
Weak. If a better job opportunity came, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over giving my two week notice and leaving.

captainsmooth's avatar

I used to go to work everyday for my family. Now that I am divorced, I go for two reasons, which are kind of the same but don’t feel the same: my new family, me and my two girls; alimony for my ex wife, who had an affair with our next door neighbor.

Strauss's avatar

Now, a year and a half later than my earlier post, I am working for a large security firm. It’s a secure (no pun intended) job, and that’s important in this economy. I enjoy the work and the people I work with every day. What gets me out of bed in the morning, though, is not the job itself, but the reason I need to go to this job every day: It is a source of income. It is a means to an end, that end being the financial survival of my family and my retirement a few years down the road.

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