I have been working in restaurants, factories, offices, construction sites, buildings, condominiums, distilleries, contractors and other various places and from my own experiences I have concluded that there is NO PERFECT WORKPLACE, NO, NOT ONE.
No matter how you try to educate, provide benefits, praise or do large amounts of positive efforts, there are always lazy people taking advantage of others for their own personal advancement, cheating on time sheets, stealing companies time and resources, you name it......it's endless
I've been in every work environment you can think of. I've suffered through it all. The worst was 'hostile work environment'. Stayed there 9 years. The last year, we had a new person who didn't pull her load. She was supposed to be there solely for the purpose of helping me, yet when the customers would begin to come in behind each other, she'd have to be summoned from her 'office' or I'd find her outside smoking. I stayed constantly aggravated while this person smiled her charming smile with graciousness to gain satisfaction with customers AND the dogmatic boss. Her way of making amends was to be 'sweet & cute' so it would mask the real problem: wanting a free ride. After I finally left the company, she stayed on maybe 6 months, then quit when she didn't get the raise she declared was promised. Raise for what? Standing around looking gushingly sweet, cute, & petite?
Yep, freeloaders can be aggravating. Have em where I work now, but it's not the same. The issue is addressed properly..... Now I'm off my high horse.
No matter the setting, people are people. The lazy are prone to always be so. The hard workers will perenially out perform the ones who just want to get by. We must learn to accept there are things we cannot change and move forward in the best possible manner!
search online for an interest and skill set survey. the best self-employment opportunities will fall into a category that fits your individual interests and skills you already have (or that you are able to acquire).
Freeloaders are ass****ers by nature and the workplace is just a reflection of the wider society. Of course we could always just accept the imposed hierarchical manipulation of every part of our lives and bend over as well, then we can take our place in the nose to a*s conga dance that passes for business practice.
How is it that the Problem People's Persistence in the Place of work can reward them with Promotions and Perks while at the same time Preventing the endless Positive Possibilities of the dedicated hard-working employee?
Yeah, I've decided to work for myself...no more cause for me to work for someone elses benefit.
Everyone has something that they know or are passionate about that others would gladly pay them for. There is a great free book on www.getpaidforwhoyouare.com that gives you ideas on how to market all your vast life experience. It is not my site, but I have read the book and found it to be very helpful and informative.
Just begin thinking about what you know and love. There is surely value there to be paid for.