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The "glossy work" phenomenon

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.

  • For example, when talking to outsiders, they may focus on the more glamorous aspects of journalism.
  • When speaking to high-status writers, they focus on their own expertise.
  • To an insider, they present a more complete view.

This can cause prospective employees to end up with false expectations.


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