Prison vs. work

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Many people compare their jobs as being in prison; while many enjoy getting up each day and going to work to do their jobs each day (but often joke about being a prison.)

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this should make things a little bit clearer - thanks to an email I received.

* At prison, you spend the majority of your time in a 10x10 cell; at work, you spend the majority of your time in a 6X6 cubicle /office.

* At prison, you get three meals a day, fully paid for; at work, you get a break for one meal and

you have to pay for it.

* At prison, you get time off for good behavior; at work, you get more work for good behavior.

* At prison, the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you; at work, you must often carry a

security card and open all the doors for yourself.

* At prison, you can watch TV and play games; at work, you could get fired for watching TV and playing games.

* At prison, you get your own toilet; at work, you have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat.

* At prison, they allow your family and friends to visit; at work, you aren't supposed to speak to your family.

* At prison, all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required; at work, you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from

your salary to pay for prisoners.

* At prison, you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out; at work, some spend most of their time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

* At prison, you must deal with sadistic wardens; at work they are called managers.

These are funny to compare but I can't help but think of a couple things that should be included with this list.

* To get into prison means you have had to do something really, really stupid; to get to work means you applied for a position and proved to someone you wanted to be there to, if nothing else, do the work to earn money.

* Making a break from prison isn't a good idea; after they find you, which they will, you will end up with additional time. If you take a break at work you will usually end up putting in additional time to make up for the work you didn't get done while taking that break away from the work.

So, some of those ideas about being in prison sound tempting but not tempting enough to be there. I will stick with my job.

* Reach the columnist at lglawe @stormlakepilottribune.com.