Work as an Indicator of Life
The quality of our on-the-job experience will have immediate and far-reaching implications for our quality of life.

Many of us spend nearly 75 percent of our waking hours in work and work-related activities. In choosing our occupations, then, we do our best to ensure that the hours we spend on the job serve to stimulate our minds, nurture our souls, open our hearts and elevate our spirits—in addition to paying to feed, clothe, house, transport and entertain us. Sometimes that can be a lot of work.

I learned many years ago that the only way to move into a more desirable position was to love my way deeper into the one I had. Once I summoned some renewed enthusiasm for my job, I frequently discovered fresh perspectives on the tasks involved, improved relationships with co-workers—even creative solutions that I hadn’t thought of before. Once my heart opened to new possibilities, I found myself again engaged in the work at hand—and very often in another job.

Obstacles to Great Work
Have you ever feel stymied at work by forces beyond your control? For many people, work can be a struggle that wrings the energy and the joy right out of their lives. Sometimes even good jobs are just too stressful.

Most people want to do bring their best efforts to work and life. Unfortunately, even the most dedicated employees are often stymied by cumbersome processes, antiquated bureaucracies, stressed-out managers or an alarming preponderance of a “just get it done” mentality that starts at the top of too many organizations, perpetuating a culture of crisis, disrespect and hopelessness.

Experienced mentors seem pitifully scarce in these companies. Employers expect high performance, but many are unwilling or unable to explain it or train it. Instead, employees are thrown into challenging positions with minimal direction.

This is especially true for those new to management. Training may even be blocked by those who are threatened by challenges to the status quo.

No Time to Improve?
While teaching a course on time management at the headquarters of a large insurance company, I was astonished that many of the attendees were repeatedly called out of class by their managers.

The general feedback at the end of the course was that the training was pointless because the managers “didn’t have time” to learn new skills. And they either consciously or unconsciously sabotaged their employees’ opportunity to improve how work got done in their departments.

The Winds of Change Are Blowing
Thankfully, the times they are a-changing. We’re seeing the emergence of a new kind of worker who has the capacity to shake up the old, outmoded ways of business as usual.

The need for this new approach to work that is not separate from life has never been greater.

Learn More

Great Work Is Joyful Work
A Deeper Look at Great Work
A New Kind of Worker
Birth of “Doing Great Work”
Doing Great Work in Any Occupation
Complete list of Doing Great Work articles


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