The war on work

We spend the majority of our waking lives at work. Work is a necessity for all but a select few. It allows us to put food on the table, a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs.

However, many of us are unwilling participants in the war on work. We live for the weekends and holidays. We count down the days until retirement. And as we tick the days of our lives off, we forget what work could mean – that it doesn’t have to be something to fight against.

We need work for more than just the paycheque at the end of the week. Work can (and should) provide us with so much more. We are at a time in our society when it can be difficult to gain a sense of close community. Work can provide us with belonging and friendships.

Most people want to contribute and use their skills to be part of something worthwhile. Work can show us our value and give us something to take pride and joy in.

Work can allow us to grow and give us opportunities to push ourselves further.

If we create workplaces that people don’t feel obliged to fight against – ones that celebrate the value of work and help people be their best selves, then they will bring their best selves to their work.