The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Work

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Reading Time: 6 minutes

Whether you want to talk about social media posts about “always grinding”, the never-ending side-hustle, etc. even in the midst of a global pandemic and the acknowledgement of the mental health issues tied to overwork, we still brag about how much we overwork. In the workplace, we talk a good game about employee wellness, and work-life balance, but who wins all the accolades at the end of each project, or quarter? The folks who put in the “extra effort”. (aka “hours”) 

It’s as if we never really left that early Protestant environment, and it’s the same reason why so many people who have been successful have such a hard time accepting that things have changed. We still hang on to the belief that says good people work hard, and that hard work leads to success. Bad people don’t work hard, and this is why they don’t have success.… Read More

Maybe this is the Crux of the Employment Problem?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

The headline from this Time article lays it out pretty simply:

The Pandemic Revealed How Much We Hate Our Jobs.

I wonder if all of the talk about laziness, unemployment benefits, toxic workplaces, etc. really all comes down to this. There are a significant number of people in this world working in jobs they simply don’t like. Or, to look at it another way, there are a significant number of jobs that give us no reason to not hate them. … Read More

Linked: Ways to end the taboo of employee departures

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Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sometimes, things happen. Circumstances change, what we want from our careers changes, and what the current employer can offer us changes. There’s no shame in it, and there shouldn’t be any hard, or awkward feelings about it.

I’d love to see companies get on board with that, but that’s going to require we see our people as people first, and labor inputs second. I’m not so sure some managers are capable of that.… Read More

Linked: Workers taking charge by upskilling

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

The first thing that jumped out at me is that I am very glad to see people taking learning into their own hands instead of waiting for their company to train them. I have always been a big fan of that. Your career, is your career, and you should act that way when it comes to learning new skills.

The second thing I thought was, if 77% of people are ready to learn new skills, as a company, you need to step up and offer opportunities for people to do just that. Very few people are going to be happy sitting and doing the same job for the next 20 years, and rightfully so, since we know that there’s almost no chance the jobs we do now, will still exist in the same way in as little as 5 years.

And, the last thing that jumped out at me? Nearly half are interested in running their own businesses? Are you prepared for that? For half of your employees to maybe become your competitors? It wouldn’t shock me. There’s a lot to be said for the flexibility of working for yourself. Choosing your projects, choosing your location, and your hours. Really, the one thing I keep seeing, over and over again, in interviews with experts and economists, is that health insurance is the one thing standing in the way. If we untied employment and health coverage, there might just be a massive overall in the U.S. labor market.… Read More

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