We seek self-expression through our work and for many people, work is meaningful and satisfying. But let’s face it – most of us have to work to make money. And while meaning may be a moot point for the majority of working people – how we think about our work and how we relate to the people we work with has a great deal to do with how we go about achieving results.
An informal poll that I’ve conducted with managers representing a diverse range of companies and positions shows that the average amount of time spent at work is between 10-12 hours. No amount of productivity seems enough.
Overlay these long work hours with existing economic conditions, rapid technological changes, people doing more with fewer resources, high levels of anxiety and uncertainty in the workplace and you have a formula for isolation, disengagement and uncivil behavior. However, at the same time I hear comments that reflect a yearning for something more in the workplace than just a paycheck.
It has something to do with a desire for human connection. Continue reading