Nature of Work

Work has many facets. To get work many of us don’t appreciate or know our passions and talents that both we naturally aspire to and where God has gifted us.

Whether work is unpaid or not work has value:

  • developing ones character and self-worth
  • develop ones skills and abilities through education

Have we lost respect for education? Encouraging people to grow in their strengths and develop their talents and skills.

What is the definition of a ‘dead-end’ job?

Could it be either one where someone has a doesn’t care attitude about the work they are doing because they fail to see the opportunity to develop their skills, and talents as well as perhaps freedom to grow in that ability.

I remember a number of years ago, one summer after my first year of my college degree, working in a factory making wire harnesses chatting to a young person working there, he complained to me saying what am I here for, in this dead-end job totally pointless. I simply said to him, yes that is one way you can see it, but also if you make the most of it, do your work to the best of your ability your employer will notice and you will advance (I spoke from personal experience). The next day I saw a change in his attitude to his job.

Perhaps it’s not the fault of the individual, maybe the employer needs to encourage and foster an atmosphere of work ownership and that each worker has the opportunity to not just be a ‘peg’ in a wrong shaped whole, but to be a peg that fits in the place taylored to where the staff person is at. At the end of the day most employers desire staff that have ownership and desire for the work they do and iniative seems to be something by and large is lost!

Questions to ask ourselves in our work:

  1. How can I develop my passion and skills through the job I am doing right now?
  2. In what ways do I see my work as ‘dead-end’ and how should I change my thinking?

If you’re an employer:

  1. How can I encourage and foster my staff to take initiative and own what they do?
  2. In what ways am I encouraging them to develop self-esteem, character and the skills of my staff – both as individuals and in the task they are doing for the business?
Written after inspiration from a talk by Lawrence Crowley at LIFT leadership breakfast organised by The Compassion Centre, Dublin

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