What a way to make a living

Who knows how long it will last, but all three members of the Household have jobs.

I’m halfway through my latest contracting role, the youngest is working three afternoons a week at Baker’s Delight and the eldest has just scored a position at Grill’d. He’s very excited. I expect the euphoria will wane after working a seven-hour shift at $15 per hour, but currently the smile is broad.

The next step is a training session at the ungodly hour of 9am on Saturday.

The eldest had requested that all shifts start after 11am, but will suffer an early start to get the ball rolling.

Awwww. My modern day Linda Evangelista.

When you leave high school or university all fresh faced and naive, you don’t quite grasp the enormity of the task ahead of you: working for the next four decades.

Most of us will work 35-40 hours a week until we’re in our 60s.

I was looking for inspiration for a social media post about 9 to 5 The Musical’s opening night and looked up the lyrics for Dolly Parton’s famed song ‘9 to 5’.

It’s such a peppy number, but the lyrics are pretty confronting.

Tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawnin’ and stretchin’ and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin’
Out on the streets, the traffic starts jumpin’

With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living
Barely gettin’ by, it’s all taking and no giving
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me

They let you dream just to watch them shatter
You’re just a step on the boss man’s ladder
But you got dreams he’ll never take away
In the same boat with a lot of your friends
Waiting for the day your ship will come in
And the tide’s gonna turn an’ it’s all gonna roll your way

It was a bit tricky to pull an inspiring quote from that one, so I went with “pour yourself a cup of ambition and head to the State Theatre” and hoped for the best.

COVID-19 has shifted the goalposts for workers and their ambitions. An Ivanti survey has found that nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) respondents do not want to work from the office full-time. Nearly half (45%) would be happy to never step foot in an office again, while 42% indicated that they prefer a hybrid model that splits time between home and office.

One surprising stat is that 71% stated that they would choose to be able to work from anywhere over a job promotion or pay increase.

It has only been two years since I started remote working, but it’s hard to get my head around the concept of going back to an office full time. How on earth did I juggle parenting and dog ownership with being away from home eight hours every day?

I had my first day in the office this week, next week I’m in three days.

Deep breath.

Interesting times ahead.

Song of the day: Dolly Parton “9 to 5”

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  1. I think the hybrid model is ideal! Where I’m working at the moment (in the ACT) the comms section has been split into two teams and we’ve been doing 2 days in office, three days at home, and never see half our colleagues to minimise Covid risk. But this has also been such a great balance for my home life, and I really enjoy the office days when there are less of them. We’re expected full-time back in the office from next week – that’s when it becomes a grind – definitely harder to balance all the things (parenting, pets, household) when you’re out of the house between 8am – 6pm.

  2. It’s actually ok… you get used to it pretty quickly. Fortunately colleagues are great and it’s interesting work… I have a 9am in-person WIP every morning now and I do find it a rush in the morning getting my son and myself organised and out the door for me to be in a meeting room at that time. I need to develop a few hacks I think (going to bed earlier would help) It’s nice to pop out at lunchtime and be close to the city shops. I get home around 6.45pm these days and once dinner’s done, I don’t do much housework on weeknights apart from the basics and I’m always trying to cram too many chores into the weekends – they always go too quickly!

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