I recall reading Dr. Deming talking about how people should be able to enjoy their work. I know for certain I’ve heard Norman Bodek talk about it in speeches and my podcasts. Norman loves to ask why people never say “Thank God It’s Monday!!!!!”
At the end of my first workday of 2009, I checked out the status updates of my friends on Facebook.
The status updates included (names replaced by “…”).
- …is a little grumpy, but will bounce back!
- …is struggling to focus and ready for another vacation.
- …is looking for a new gig.
- …is back at work. yay?
- …is back to work… but guess I can’t complain since many friends don’t have jobs anymore.
- …is wow, Monday after a holiday. Ouch…
- … is back to reality.
- … is up. Can’t believe it’s Monday.
This status got 9 replies that agreed with her (or sympathized):
- …wonders if anyone else is struggling today…
There weren’t many comments on the other side of the work/happiness equation, just one, actually.
- … had a great first day back to work.
So either my friends are a bunch of whiners and pessimists, or this is pretty representative of people in different industries. Or, it’s just “not cool” to say “I love my job!!!”
What do you think? What does this say about the current state of management and organizations? Were you lucky enough to be thrilled to get back to work today? Should we aim for that or do you fall into the “that’s why they call it work” camp?
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