Even as we see that work is not providing us with what it promises, we find that it never did, throughout history. Work has never fulfilled the expectations that we seem to now have for it, as it inherently is miserable.
Society has always been biased towards hard-working people and those with great work ethic, but the very foundation is now collapsing.
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What working a decent job means is slowing losing ground, as we are not deriving meaning from our work.
Having a job means getting paid for our talents, but it may not be the case for many. Work ethic is supposed to provide us a good life, but in reality, the opposite is happening.
Most workers rely on the whims and fancies of the so-called 'Job Creators', a class of people who own a business and can employ staff. Job creators hold power on the worker's time, behavior and conditions of employment.
These employers also monitor and sanction what workers post on social media, what they eat or drink, how frequently and for how long are they going to the bathroom, and what are their political leanings.
Whatever action we do repeatedly, we tend to imbibe in us and it eventually makes up our character.
Repeating good or bad deeds builds up our personality accordingly. What we repeatedly do in our jobs forms our character.
Most work today is akin to a 'pin factory' where workers keep working a small, repetitive task all day.
Performing a narrow range of mental or physical actions in a job hampers our personal, intellectual and social growth.
Considering the K-12 system, we see that the emphasis on skills over content has changed the curriculum. Students increasingly focus on learning skills, but they may not learn too much history or science.
Critical thinking is not enough on its own. It needs to be used to gain insight from studying meaningful subject matter, like history or economics or physics or chemistry.
Deepening relationships is a key source of fulfillment.
Shared experiences help employees come together in ways that build meaningful connections and trust. Activities that provide a common purpose — such as an escape room game or a hackathon — are especially effective.