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Work in 24 hours like an Ant

Posted by Francis Isberto | Labels: | Posted On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Just a story of inspiration about the work habits of an Ant which in someway should be followed by human beings. Since humans normally work from 9 am- 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and are sometimes forced to work overtime. This workers (humans) got nothing to do but complain that they work long hours and they are not paid accordingly (underpaid).
Little did they know that they are blessed because of the employee benefits that they get. This are: No work on week-ends, regular holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave, bereavement leave, 13th month pay, and special holidays (declared by the president if you're living in the Philippines).

And the bottom line is they are being paid. Do you think it matters if they are underpaid or not? To the majority yes but do they know that they still received the fruits of their labor (even if that amount is just a tiny chunk).
Humans can also avail salary loan from the their company or the government and they got retirement pay as reward for their loyalty. The rewards and benefits are endless.

Not unlike the Ant. Do you know that ants don't sleep. An ant doesn't have eyelids for its compound eyes, but it does have periods of rest lasting several minutes, where its brain and biological functions slow down and it stops moving. So that means that ants can work for almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No day-off, no vacation leave, no special holidays, and no week-ends. They just work, work and work.

Each ant has a specific job. The queen lays eggs to populate the colony. Workers collect food, feed members of the colony, and enlarge the nest. Soldiers are large workers that defend the colony and sometimes attack ants who are strangers. All these hard-working ants are female. Males have wings to fly to another colony, where they mate with a queen and die soon afterwards. Well at least they have roles.
I specifically like the role of the male ant where their role is just to fly and look for queen that they like, have sex, and die (cool isn't it?).

But no matter what specific job or role that the ant has they don't get compensated for their long and hard work. That means no 13th month pay or Christmas bonus, no overtime pay, no salary loan, no promotion and worse they don't get paid. They just follow their specific orders.

If you look at the advantage of it. If humans can at least minimized their sleep to 2 hours a day without affecting their health, that would be a lucrative way of doubling their income. One individual can have two jobs in one day and get two separate salaries from two different companies. That's double everything including benefits, overtime pay, 13th month pay, and promotion.
If you're in the Philippines you can have your normal day job. Go home at 5 pm, exercise, rest a little (perhaps you can take your 2 hour sleep), bond with your friends and/or families then go back to work at around 9-11 pm in a Call center. Pretty neat huh? But that is if your like an ant the problem is you're not. You have to work the human way like everybody else. At least you get paid.

So if you feel like you don't like going to work or to tired of doing the everyday routine that makes you feel like your a robot. Think of it this way.... You are much much better than an ant.


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