The Internet seems to be full of people who really hate what they do for a living. I have to assume that most people who, like me, are content-to-happy with their employment simply don't talk about it much.
So I'm here to provide that counterpoint. Here are a few reasons why I like being an employee:
I'm well paid. Not all employees can say this, obviously; but plenty of employees who are like me (college-educated, urban, in a skilled profession, and with a solid record of steady employment) can.
I appreciate the 401(k) and the profit-sharing. Over the years, my employers have put more money into my succession of 401(k) accounts than I have. That has now shifted; I anticipate outpacing the profit-sharing by a hefty margin through the remainder of my working life. But profit-sharing meant that even when I wasn't able to save much, there was money going into the account.
I appreciated employer-organized health insurance (when I had it). I recently opted out of the company plan because I could get coverage more economically outside it; but like the 401(k), there were years when the company plan was not just the best but the only option.
I adore paid time off. Because I'm above-averagely healthy, I rarely use all my sick time in a given year. Some employers have paid that out at the end of the year, making for a good-health bonus. I DO use all of my vacation time! I left some vacation time in the bank once when leaving a job; never again. Because Mr. P is self-employed, if we didn't have my PTO our vacations would be significantly more costly.
My work is easy. Not mentally easy necessarily: I have to know a lot, I have to be very organized and accountable, and I have to produce work product that stands up to review. But it's not building roads, y'all. I sit in an ergonomic task chair in a secure, well-lighted, air-conditioned space. It's work I can continue to do until I choose not to do it, and it's not going to injure me.
My work is portable. My specialty is uncommon and in-demand. If we wanted to move - to Minneapolis or Seattle or Miami or Sydney or Vancouver - I could probably find a new job with little difficulty.
One of the ironies of my work is that my college education (never mind the M.A.) did not educate me for the work. I've learned everything I need to know on the job. But without that B.A. I would never have gotten my first job (as a file clerk, mind you) in a law firm. It was pure luck that that first law firm was a patent boutique, and that in consequence I learned an arcane specialty.
Anyway. Having recently booked our vacations for 2014 (yes, of course, I plan ahead) I am feeling particularly appreciative of my current workplace - and, not incidentally, of my past employers. Whatever the reasons that they are "past," each job I've had has contributed to a continuum of prosperity. This is something for the gratitude practice.