Why You Hate Work

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    Jun 03, 2014 12:16 AM GMT

    NYT: THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.

    Curious to understand what most influences people’s engagement and productivity at work, we partnered with the Harvard Business Review last fall to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 mostly white-collar employees across a broad range of companies and industries. We also gave the survey to employees at two of The Energy Project’s clients — one a manufacturing company with 6,000 employees, the other a financial services company with 2,500 employees. The results were remarkably similar across all three populations.

    Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.

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    Jun 03, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    What's annoying to me is having to constantly express emotion, especially eagerness. I can't do it convincingly and I've always been a terrible liar.
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    Jun 04, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    I dont hate work. I just want to work at things that I want to do… and get paid handsomely for it.. icon_lol.gif
  • tazzari

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    Jun 04, 2014 6:18 PM GMT
    I loved my work, although the pay wasn't very good. I was lucky in that I pursued a career in a field I really found interesting and satisfying. The fulfillment was worth doing without a very big salary.