And the answer is?

Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath in Why You Hate Work:

The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep…

…Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night…

Find the rest of the story (and the solution to the problem) here: Why You Hate Work




  1. I found the article interesting, though not particularly surprising…And some of these findings are redundant – they occur year after year. Doesn’t make it right – but once basic needs are met (paraphrasing Maslowe here), people seek satisfaction of their more complex needs (time to think, integration of one’s inner creativity and external results, etc). And you know my views about what we’re doing to the sense of connection between and among people…the signs are not pointing toward years of high employee satisfaction. That’s enough from me for one day – I hate being a downer…


  2. find what you love to do and people who love you for doing it.


  3. Great article, David, for the day-before-hump-day (or any other day). Thanks!


  4. Although I love the technology that brings me this oh-so-true article (and is that Jude Law in the photo? mmmm dreamy) … there’s in me a desire to turn it all off and not be accessible so much. I’m not a Fireman and I’ve had to lean into how to do just that. Not easy though 🙂

    Having said that, I love my work, and my team, but my boss is a moron, always has been, always will be, just is.


  5. Happened upon this NYT article last night and also sent it around. Tho many of the themes are not new, the article addressed that fact by pointing out that employers don’t do very much to action any of the advice in the article. Most offices that I frequent have access to gyms – but is anyone encouraged..actually encouraged…to use them? What about some marketing $ spent on that? And some training $ towards meditation/mindfullness classes at work? Meditation rooms in office buildings? Easy peasy….. looking towards the sun 🙂


  6. that about sums it up!


  7. Is this another photo by the artist who is in your header? The eyes kill me.


  8. Jude Law died?


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