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When your dream job is a nightmare

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Romanticising your dream job

Landing your dream job can come with downsides, especially if your passions involve jobs with routine day-to-day tasks that you are less passionate about.

For example, you may expect to create fascinating algorithms in artificial intelligence jobs that will solve big ...

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A recent study named the gap between expectations and the day-to-day reality of jobs as "glossy work." The glossy work dissonance can cause employees to change jobs. Another problem is how to present the work and themselves to other people.

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"Glossy work" comes at a cost to employers as they have to manage discontent and staff turnover.

How employers can stop the "glossy work" cycle:

  • Showing a fair balance of the exciting and mundane aspects of the job.
  • Assembling tasks so that the less p...

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