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Where Did That Come From?

A friend of mine recently served on a panel where someone raised this question: “Where did the idea that we need to love our jobs come from?” He went on to share that “you used to work the job you had even if you hated it. It was a means to an end and that is why many people were with the same company for an extended period of time. Now, jobs are more of an end to your means and increasingly employees want fulfillment or connection to where they work.” (Summarizing, since I wasn’t there.)

Turns out, I actually am very passionate about this.

If the question is “where did the idea that we need to love our jobs come from?” my answer is that came from our desire take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.

In the past, the norm was keep your head down and do your job. “The person at the top knows best.” However, we all know that doesn’t always lead to the best outcome. The person at the top doesn’t ALWAYS know best. The workforce has changed, absolutely. What we see today is a group of workers who don’t just “keep their head down” and do what they are told. This is completely different than expectations from the past. It mixes everything up. Telling the boss they are wrong? Absolutely unheard of in previous decades. But how could we possibly expect to be the best in an industry if we don’t listen to the people around us?

& How can we expect the people around us to talk if we have shown them their opinion doesn’t matter?

Working at a job where you don’t feel connected, supported, or invested also means you are likely less productive, less motivated and less happy than those who do. Who wouldn’t want to work with someone who WAS passionate about their role? Someone who was energized by the work they were doing? It’s intoxicating to be around people like that. Work takes up a whole hell of a lot of time, wouldn’t it be simply fantastic to feed your soul during that time instead of numbing yourself until 5:00PM?

For me, the thought that you have to love your job might be a stretch, but I understand and agree with the point. I choose to believe that I can be paid for work that I enjoy and feel good about.

What do you think?