• Corporate life isn’t exactly easy-peasy all the time
  • Dark and ugly sides of corporate life can ruin you mentally
  • Be tough, take care of yourself and keep on surviving
You’ve been at it for years and it’s not getting any easier. Some of your friends and family that don’t have office jobs look from their outside perspective and think that your job and work life are a cakewalk. And that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

Your brain gets squeezed, smashed and wrung out like an old dishwashing sponge every day. By the end of the week, you’re so fucking exhausted that all you wanna do is just collapse, zone out and just binge watch TV until you fall asleep.

For people that don’t work in the corporate world, what they don’t get is that office life ain’t all that it's cracked up to be. Every kind of job and work environment has its pros and cons. And, this is no different for white-collar workers too.

There are some really shitty realities to being a cubicle slave that most people that don’t work in an office don’t know about. And when things get really bad, you feel like quitting and just walking out.

Dark & Ugly Sides Of Corporate Life

Think back to the days of college, when you just began to have freedom and independence. Back then, there were orientation programs, well-established processes and procedures and step-by-step guidance. These all helped you make the transition to college life.

However, once you graduated and entered the real working world, there was no support network or resources to help you make the transition easily. It was like getting thrown into the deep end of the pool. It’s sink or swim.

Nobody gave you any kind of heads-up on the dark and ugly sides of corporate life. You learned by getting punched in the gut and bitch-slapped by corporate culture.

Here are just some of the ugly sides of corporate life that all of us have to deal with on a daily basis. And for the most part, they’re unavoidable pains that make managing work stress nearly impossible. It’s something we all have to endure.

Long Working Hours Are Becoming The Norm

Welcome to the modern world of work, where the 8-hour workday is as outdated as a cassette tape. Nowadays, the weekly grind doesn't stop at 40 hours. It's a race to see who can put in the most time and still keep their eyes open.

Forget about having a life outside of work, because let's be real, the only thing that matters is how much you can contribute to the almighty company. But hey, at least you're making the company even more money, right? Who needs hobbies or friends when you can punch in extra hours and work yourself into a stress-induced coma?

Company Profits Are All That Matters

Every business's main goal is to earn profits - and today, they are not fucking around. In today's cutthroat world of business, it seems like there's no line that companies won't cross to get a slice of that sweet, sweet profit pie.

Employees overworked and over-stressed? Check. Resources cut to the bone? Check. Staff layoffs and corners cut? Double check. And if all that's not enough, the cherry on top is when businesses take a dip into the infamous pool of fraud to boost their bottom lines.

It's enough to make you wonder what happened to the good old days when having decency, fun at work and a little bit of human kindness meant something in the world of business. But then again, who are we kidding? In the race for profits, it's all about the money, honey.

Dog Eat Dog Cutthroat World

Welcome to the competitive and sometimes brutal world of business, where the phrase "dog eat dog" isn't just a cute rhyme. It's true, folks. In this dog-eat-dog world, people will do just about anything to stay ahead of the pack. It’s the corporate version of The Hunger Games.

And unfortunately, that cutthroat mentality has seeped into the office, creating a toxic work environment where honesty and support are as elusive as a unicorn. Don't even think about asking for help, because that would be a sign of weakness and could lead to a pack attack. It's enough to make you want to curl up on a comfy bed and chew on a bone.

Working For Money And Not Passion

Let's get real for a second, folks. We all know that working is just a fancy way of saying "making money so we can continue living." After all, most of us work to live not live to work. A lot of us use the “It’s Just A Job” mantra to survive shitty jobs.

The days of finding and working at a job that you're passionate about are long gone. You can't just walk into a job like, "Hey, I love vacationing in Bali, can I get paid for that?" Unfortunately, the world doesn't work like that. Following your passion is bullshit. We all have bills to pay and mouths to feed. So, unless you're a trust fund baby, we're all in the same boat working for the money.

Asshole And Bitch Bosses

It's no secret that in every company, there's always that asshole boss who thinks that pushing everyone around is the most effective way to get shit done. They're the kind of leaders who seem to have huge fucking egos and a permanent stick up their asses.

Unfortunately, there's no avoiding these insufferable work jerks or bitch bosses in your career. It's a universal truth that, at some point, you will cross paths with an asshole or bitch boss. Whether it's the one who throws you under the bus in front of co-workers or the one who takes credit for your hard work, these shitty bosses seem to be everywhere.

Need To Be “Always On” 

Welcome to the era of the "work martyr" where the need to constantly be on and connected is seen as a badge of honor. Yes, my dear friend, you heard it right. Gone are the days when the nine-to-five job meant that you could happily disconnect from work and leave all the bullshit behind at the end of the day.

In today's highly competitive business world, the buzzword is "work-cation." Sounds contradictory, right? It's like saying jumbo shrimp – it just doesn't make sense. But the reality is that many work cultures these days expect nothing less. You gotta always be available and ready. It makes digital detoxing an impossibility.

Bullshit Office Politics & Drama

Ah, modern office culture. Where water cooler gossip is practically a job requirement and a passive-aggressive email from your office backstabber is the new "good morning." It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, my friends. And if you're not careful, you'll end up with a leash around your neck.

Gone are the days when getting shit done and a can-do attitude are enough to get you ahead. No, no. Now, it's all about who you know and how well you can navigate office politics. Today, you gotta know how to play office politics the smart AF way to stay clear of troubles.

Constant Layoffs And Reorgs 

With today's businesses always under immense pressure to turn a profit, it seems like job stability is a thing of the past. Companies often use reorganizations and layoffs to make quick and easy cuts to payroll to meet near-term profit objectives. It works for the company but it’s hell for employees to deal with the stress of reorgs and layoffs.

It's like a game of musical chairs, but the music never stops. And let's be real, nobody wants to be left without a seat when the music stops. Lack of job security can lead to instability in all areas of life, leaving us all feeling more frazzled than a hair extension on a windy day. It's hard to plan for the future when you're constantly preparing for job loss and wondering if you'll have a job tomorrow.

Be Tough As Nails & Keep On Surviving

Let's face it, folks. We all have bills to pay and our Netflix subscriptions aren't going to pay for themselves. That's why we work, right?

Pursuing your wildest dreams shouldn’t be banished from your plans. Keep those going, for sure. However, it can’t be center stage and the only focus in your life. Now, it's all about the Benjamins. And while it may not be the most glamorous reason to clock in every day, at least we can all agree on one thing: earning an income sure beats the shit out of living in a cardboard box.

Don’t lose sight of the fact that what you do day in and day out to earn that paycheck is what allows you and your family to have a roof over your head, food to eat and clothes on your backs. This is a meaningful purpose and it’s what can make your job “awesomer” and more fulfilling.

Corporate life is and always will be a rough and tough road. And for those on the outside looking in, they’ll never quite get it. And, that’s okay. Just don’t spend any of your valuable time and energy trying to explain it to them. You’ve got enough shit on your plate.

So, here's to embracing the grind, getting in the zone and hustling for that paycheck. You’re tough as nails. You’re gonna keep on surviving.

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