The siren call of a corporate job can be almost irresistible. A secure pay check, attractive benefits, and the prestige of working at a company that even your mother can recognize. But, while all of these are very real advantages to taking a job at a big company there are also downsides to corporate life that you need to be aware of. So before you sign that job offer take a look at our seven dangers of having a corporate job.
1 Lack Of Flexibility
When you work in a corporate job you will tend to have a very narrow focus of responsibility. Doing the same job over and over again is a very good way of becoming good at that one thing. But it also brings with it disadvantages.
Firstly, doing too much of the same thing is a fast track to boredom. Which in turn can lead to early burnout. Most people need at least some novelty in their lives. After all, there is only so many times that you can read over the same type of contract or fill in the exact same spreadsheet, without losing the will to live.
Secondly, the technology is transforming the economy at an incredibly rapid rate. According to a study titled “Multiple Generation @ Work” reported in Forbes, it is estimated that the someone entering the job force today will have between 10 – 15 jobs, over the course of the their career. If you have become very good at one thing, and that type of job is no longer needed, then you may find it very difficult to pivot into a new position. The flexibility and range of skills that you gain as either a self employed person or working for a start-up can be much more useful in the dynamic 21st century workplace.
2 Constrained Work Environment
Corporations have the way that they want to do things. Often that isn’t exactly how you would like to do it. In some cases it may not even seem particularly logical. Many people find what makes them unique being subsumed in a corporate environment. This can lead to a mistaken belief that all work is innately unsatisfying. Perhaps that’s why according to Gallup’s 2013 “State of the American Workplace” survey only 30% of the U.S. Workforce is actively engaged at work.
Dissatisfaction with life in a cubicle is often that you are round peg trying to fit into a square corporate hole. In a more dynamic environment where you can express your individuality and initiative you may find that you thrive.