Feel guilty at work? It’s not you

Ever feel guilty when you want to head home early because you have dinner plans—and you’ve already done a ton of work today?

Or when you take a sick day even though it’s really busy at work? Or when you work from home to accept delivery of a piece of furniture and you “only” spend four hours working (even though you get as much done as you would in a day at the office)?

Or do you perhaps feel guilty for having the gall to actually use your vacation days?

Corporate culture has a habit of making us feel guilty for wanting totally normal things. If you need a break from your long commute and from grinding away at your job, then you need a break. It’s that simple.

Except it’s not.

In many companies, management does not trust you. And their lack of trust leads them to try to control you in all sorts of ways:

  • They expect you to be at work from nine to five (as opposed to when and where it is most efficient for you to get stuff done)
  • They schedule regular meetings to ask what you’ve been up to (as opposed to waiting for you to hit a natural milestone and then reporting on what you did)
  • You need permission from your boss to take vacation at a certain time
  • Your boss checks up on you more often than usual when you work from home 

If you’re unhappy with the ways in which your employer tries to control you or your time, I want you to know that it’s not you. It’s them.

And the good news is: you don’t need to put up with it. There are better employers out there. Or you could start working for yourself.

Step one is to say: I don’t accept this anymore. I respect myself too much. I am ready to make a change.


— Peter

P.S. Are you tired of corporate BS? Do you want to work with people who do trust you? I can help you get there. Let’s talk (it’s free).

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