Love your job and you’ll never work a day in your life — so goes the saying, and wouldn’t we all want that to be true? However the statistics tend to show us another story — jerk managers, toxic workplaces, disgruntled peers and disengaged employees seem to be the norm. Who could love their job when they’re barely squeaking by financially and psychologically?
The key to loving your work isn’t entirely straightforward — there are basic entry qualifications like a decent salary, a safe environment, health benefits, a feeling of competence and maybe a sense of meaning and contribution. Beyond that, we know that people take jobs for the money and position, but they stay for the people. You need a good manager who cares about you, coaches you, works with you on your development, and nourishes your competence and autonomy. You need colleagues who are solid performers, who are reliable and dependable, who step up when needed and are friendly to talk to at lunch. And you need purposeful work — the sense that you are making the world a better place through doing what you love. Every job can have a greater purpose, and you will find many articles within this issue to inspire you to do just that.