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Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

Updated on March 27, 2011

There Is So Much More To Life

I have worked all my life and have never been laid off

It took years of hard work and patience to get what I want

To do my job and be proud of the work that I do

Watching others learn and struggle like I have in the past

Work is not all there is in life

It pays my bills and gives me money in my pocket

It takes care of my health insurance for a price

I am able to save for the future and work closer to the day when I can retire

I have seen many coworkers come and go

They leave for many reasons

Some for better pay

Others for a different career

I have chosen this job to be my only profession

I am happy where I am

It puzzles me to think

That bosses are never satsified

When is enough good enough

I show up and go up and beyond my job requirements

I am easy to work with and try to influence other coworkers to do their best

I am reliable and dependable and have an excellent track record to prove it

As I listen to preshift pep talks I wonder

What do you really want ?

How come you cannot be happy with a job done well time after time ?

Are you just trying to find faults in your employees when the economy is down ?

You have asked us to do more than we have in the past

We have stepped up to the plate and you still want more

We do the job of two people and don't complain

We have been short handed many times and sucked it up

You continually try to change things when things are going smooth

Don't you see it ?

There is talent that you don't seem to notice or too busy to care

You are so concerned about numbers

That you give us a quick thank you and tell us we really do appreciate all you have done

But the truth is

You go back to business as usual

You only want to save more and make more

When will profits ever be enough

When days are good and business is up

You are quiet

You think we don't notice

You only want to remind us when something is wrong

You keep cutting our hours and say the economy is rough

But you hire new employees at the same time

We have not lost any help

You just find a way to play games and change our schedules

According to the needs of the business

That's the way it is

Like it or not

What happened to experience and job satisfaction

What happened to being happy at doing your job

Why do we have to put on a fake smile

When if we are treated right the customer will know

You don't think they know the difference ?

Years come and years go

The money changes hands many times

Raises are kept secret and seem to be for new employees only

We are told we make to much and our capped at a certain salary

We will make no more

The cost of living goes up and you just have to look at the gas prices that have sky rocketed

To 3.49 a gallon of regular gas

How can you not take care of your loyal workers first

You think giving them a job is enough

When the new employees will come and go as fast as flees on a dog

Loyalty is more than money in the bank

It is tried and true over years of effort

Someday you may see the error in your ways

If you are no longer management and become a worker once more

You will see what I see

You will feel what I feel

I am thankful for the job that I have

I am thankful for the salary that I recieve

I wonder if you would be as thankful as me

Would you move on to greener pastures

Would you stick it out to the end with me

Until things turn around

I will be watching you like you watch me

I will see if you are by my side in ten and twenty years from now

Work is about making your life complete

Having time to do the things with your family

When you don't have to punch the time clock

Have we forgotten to take care of our good workers and make them feel special

Do we think that work is everything and we should have no life

Haven't we put enough sweat over the years to show that we are dedicated

Times have changed where seniority means little to nothing

What a shame that those with the most talent are taken for granted

I understand you need young blood to keep salaries low

If you bite the hand that feeds you

You may be without not just a meal but a hand to welcome the next new employee

Simply put lets work together and in the end

Take our problems that we have today and find a way to a solution

Listen to those with experience and your job will become easier with a lot less snags in the way

I would not be writing this if it wasn't for you

You would not be reading this if it wasn't for me

Together we make a good team

The economy will pick up

Life will go on

Lets enjoy what we do now

Later we can laugh how we survived the tough times still giving our best

In the end being proud of all the people that made it possible and repecting the right decisions

of helping those who have been by your side

Through thick or thin



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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Arb It is true that being your own boss can be the toughest boss.But you also get all the benefits!!!Good for you and unfortunately you take all the risks.Life is a gamble and unfortunately a pay check is better than no money at all.Decisions we have to think long and hard before making the right choices.I admire you.You are someone very special with great talent.Thank you so much.

    • arb profile image


      7 years ago from oregon

      Been there, done that! I suppose thats why I went to work for myself, but, sometimes, I am the hardest one to please. In the end, happiness is our own doing, despite whats going on all around us. All around us is having a hard enough time on it's own. Be well. Nice write.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Cheeky Girl I agree.Those people who want to learn new skills are willing to work so they make more money.It is almost they like they couldn't be bothered to spend the time.When investing in properties looks like a sure thing.Thanks so much for reading.

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Life is always a two-way street, Dream on. Yes, times are tough for many and we all have to row together in the same direction. It's like that fave saying I have - "Why do we get all this life if we don't ever use it?"

      I wish the Bankers would turn to people on low pay or out of work and offer them loans to re-skill and retrain for new skills and work. They'd get their money back and it would be a worthy investment - investing in workers and help the whole economy. Better than investing in properties, which don't do quite the same "work". Great hub!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Acaetnna I think many workers across the country are going through the same problems with their own companies that they work for.How come management doesn't work hand and hand with the employees that make their company succeed.Nighthag they feel that they hold all the power and want to keep it.Did it ever occur to them we don't want the power and just want to be able to live comfortably with our families and do a good job at work when neccessary.Leave work at work.Dim Flaxenwick I love working with co-workers and achieving goals together.I am very happy with the many people I have met over the years and the friendships that have been formed because of my work.Rhonda Waits These are tough times for many people.Families are struggling to make ends meet.We just have to look at the high costs of food and education.Why aren't companies helping their employees instead of turning their backs to them in times of need.I hope we can all treat each other with dignity and respect.Thanks everyone for sharing.

    • Rhonda Waits profile image

      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      This is a beautiful poem DREAM ON.I truly enjoyed it. You speak from your heart and I appreciate that.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      You really are a wonderful person.

    • nighthag profile image

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      you are so right!, voting this up and sharing it on :)

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      You are absolutely right Dream On. Your poems always reveal what you are thinking and I so appreciate that.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      Youmeget We all have to work.We wish it was better.We search for ways to make it better.Sharing our thoughts is one step closer to make it better.Thank you very much.

    • youmeget profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful poem.


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