“I have to adjust my rear view mirror when I leave the office at the end of the day. When I drive to work, I’m upright and full of energy, but when I leave, I’m so tired, it’s like I’m a few inches shorter.”
A woman I worked with years ago told me this and I remember it because, at the time, I had the opposite experience. I arrived at work slouched in the driver’s seat, dreading the day ahead of me. But I left with a spring in my step, standing tall and looking forward to 15 hours of freedom before I had to return.
My coworker was seemingly content and quite successful, while I hated my job and was ready to move on. But when I consider how our work was impacting our bodies, I think both scenarios are equally grim.
Even if you love your job, should you be so drained at the end of the day that your whole bearing is affected? Sure, hard work can be satisfying. Leaving tired isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If the work is good, you leave tired but fulfilled. Or tired but energized.
But just plain tired? That tells me something is out of whack.
What do you think?
Can we judge our job satisfaction by our posture at the end of the day?