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My Workplace

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I don’t mean to boast, but for those of you who are forced to work under harsh fluorescent lighting, walk on static-generating commercial-grade carpet, or stand on cold tile or hard concrete floors surrounded by dreary walls, my experience is worlds away from yours. My workplace is the great outdoors with all the sights, sounds, and smells that come with that.

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Written by johnwhays

November 17, 2022 at 7:00 am

Ultimate Homework

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It’s been almost two months now since I stopped commuting to a day-job, having switched to the role of stay-at-home full-time ranch manager for Wintervale. I’m beginning to get a sense of how this new work environment has its own special combination of advantages and disadvantages for me.

(+) I cherish the fact that I no longer have to drive over an hour to get to my workplace. That commute dictated a lot of my activities during the week.

(-) I am always at my workplace. There is no moment of leaving it all behind at the end of the workday.

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(+) I don’t have to fill out a timesheet, punch the timeclock, fret over being late, or struggle with deciding if I should call in sick.

(-) There is no end of the workday. I don’t get to call in sick.

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(+) I get to be my own boss.

(-) I am my own boss.

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(+) I work in paradise. A beautiful outdoor environment with amazing vistas.

(-) My workplace is not a controlled environment. It’s often too hot, in winter it can get too cold, there are flies, wasps, mosquitoes, and there is, quite literally, shit everywhere.

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(+) There are no workplace personality conflicts …not that I was having any. I’ve heard it happens in some offices.

(-) I am suffering from a bit of withdrawal from human interaction. A workday devoid of talking with another person starts to feel a bit like solitary confinement.

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(+) I get to work with animals. Plenty of folks wish they could bring their dog or cat to work with them. I’ve got both, plus horses!

(-) It is a long known adage in show business to never work with animals. There are days when I can see why… “Delilah! NO!”

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Written by johnwhays

August 24, 2014 at 9:46 am