I envy the hospital cleaner who, when asked what his job entails said, “I keep patients safe from germs.” He had the right attitude, saw the big picture, and felt connected to the enterprise of health care. How many of us wish we could feel the same about our own work? Can you learn to love your job?
Today’s workplace is filled with paradox and contradiction. The technology that frees us also enslaves us. Higher efficiencies lead to more stress and burnout. Opportunities abound for some, but not for all. At best, we are capable of running global businesses from our laptops. At worst, we are tethered to our smartphones 24/7, at the beck and call of our bosses or customers, with the constant demand to do more with less. The lines between personal and work time, once blurred, seem to have disappeared almost entirely.