The problem with working as a support role is that everyone becomes my boss. After all, they are the reason why I'm needed. To support them.
Sales and operations are the face to any business. Being a support unit generally means I'm hidden from public view. My role could have been more peace and quiet if I had chose to be passive and do the bare minimum, but it's just not my style.
I make it a point to justify my salary, and my high initiative and enthusiasm brings me alot of popularity among my peers. And that also means that I'm the guy that everyone think of when it comes to getting an extra pair of hands to work on a new invention.
My role is pretty unique because of my unqiue skillset. Because of this, I create a monopoly. On one hand, it means that I'm one of the last people on the company's future retrenchment plans (if any). But it also means if I'm on leave, alot of their requests on their wishlist will be put on hold. After coming back from any vacation, there's always alot of backlog welcoming me back.
And everyone claims that their request is urgent. Well the last time I was "urgent", I just held my own till I had a chance to go pee. =p
Let me clarify that I'm not indispensible, because NO ONE in any organisation is indispensible. But somehow, my easygoing personality attracts people to tap on my brain and time, and there is an over-reliance on my skillset. And that is like feeding them slow poison.
While there is a huge sense of satisfaction when I create something that makes their life easier, I have come to a point when my enthusiasm is waning. And having used up so much brain power at work, I feel like doing brainless stuffs when I get home.
And when my enthusiasm meter runs dangeously low, one of the things normally happens.
(1) Go for a holiday, and hope I get re-energise.
(2) Start life afresh at another company.
I'm not one who just keeps mum and suffer, but it doesn't mean I just whine the whole day about it, because I'm the "2nd kind of person" (I fail, but I change till I succeed).
I'm not a job hopper, having stayed more than 6 years in my first company. But I will do anything it takes to make sure that I do not dread going to work the morning before work.
Because most of us work till we reach the retirement age, you should never lose the enthusiasm about the workplace, because it is where most of us spent most of our lives on.
When I was working at my first company, someone gave me a very good advice.
If work was so easy, then we need you for what?
If the Energizer bunny is arrested, who else can I turn to for help? =p
Want to buy some brain juice, and a hug.