Are you one of the working dead?

I just read an interesting article about the Working Dead – people who get paid to do nothing.  (Or who are getting paid and do nothing, mostly by choice.)  I think the working dead are caused by two things:

  • People haven’t found their passion.  (If you are willing to take a nap for two hours during the work day, either you really don’t get enough sleep or you aren’t too excited about what you are doing.)
  • Corporations aren’t managing them effectively.  (I know somebody who doesn’t always have stuff do do and yet he’s not allowed to do anything but sit there when he doesn’t have work.)

For a while in college I had a job where I would occasionally spend a couple of hours babysitting the copy machine.   (I got so good that I could tell where it was jammed just by the sound it made.)  I got a lot of homework and reading done and I’ve often wondered if I would enjoy a job where I could work on something else (programming, reading, etc) while I occupied space at work.  I don’t think I’d turn it down if it paid enough but I don’t think it would be very satisfying.

It’s a sad world when we suspect kids

In the midst of all the trick-or-treaters last night, a teenage boy knocked on the door and asked if he could use our bathroom.  I said of course and pointed to the bathroom.  After he left, we all realized we’d been suspicious.  We talked about how sad it was that we were all mentally wondering what he could steal from the bathroom.  (Nothing, basically.)   

How sad is that?  A world where we automatically suspect the worst of our kids!