Issues at Work ~ It's not what I want to do

Issues at Work ~ It's not what I want to do


Why do you work?

It's a question that deserves a considered response. We spend a significant proportion of our lives doing it. And so many people claim they are not doing the job they would choose.

Are you? And if not, why not?

Oh, you may say something about 'doing it for my dependants' or claim that you can't afford to live without your salary, but is this the real reason?

Most people are conditioned to believe in work. From an early age we're asked what we want to do when we grow up, with the expectation that this will involve work of some sort. We're expected to work hard throughout our education in order to qualify for 'worthwhile' employment. Then we're expected to 'get on' by working hard in order to climb the ladder of success.

From the moment we're born, we're driven by the need to compete - first for for attention, then for approval, later for recruitment and eventually for promotion. When introduced for the first time, people ask us what we do as a means of 'getting a handle on us'. They then make judgements about our intelligence, drive, interests and so on. We earn our income from our labours and since we are also conditioned to believe that money buys us choice and opportunities, we tend to adopt strategies that we hope will increase our earning capacity, often without thinking much about other implications.

Our most frequent reason for doing this is to 'provide for our family' - particularly when we claim to want to 'make things better for them than they were for...'.

It's all nonsense unless it makes everyone happy!