People used to work because they had to. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. Hunger was a great motivator. Now the focus seems to be on fulfillment and getting people to work hard at their jobs because their jobs interest them. Working for the sake of doing good work is long passé. Now we must be engaged by our jobs and if that’s not the case, then somehow the employer is at fault. Engagement is being discussed in newspapers, magazines TV: everywhere. Engagement is the new black.
Don’t get me wrong, the concept is appealing. If I can go to work and lose hours there the same way I do when I’m playing Age of Empires III, then life is fantastic. Who wouldn’t want a job that is so enjoyable (er, engaging) that it’s actually more like recreation than work?
Sadly, some jobs are just not that fun. If cleaning toilets or changing adult diapers is engaging to you, then you, my friend are a rare breed indeed and you will always find work that you love. I suppose the point is that a person should try to find out what they like to do in life and do that. At the same time, if one is unhappy with one’s employment, then the choices are: work to change what’s bad, accept that it’s work and deal with it or leave. Simple.