Is Work Bad for You?
A recent BSA (British Social Attitudes)
survey reveals that 6 in 10 British workers
are unhappy in their jobs. The survey also showed
a majority of workers reporting the following:
||Feelings of insecurity
||Stress over work
||Fretting over inadequate income
||The feeling that their work is not
useful to society
||Exhaustion by the time they get home
If the BSA findings are anything to go by,
it seems that employment, by itself, is no cure
for the ills associated with unemployment, such
as insecurity, stress, low self-esteem, and
poverty. This will probably seem odd to many
Work is still very much a taboo subject
try taking a discussion beyond the boundaries
of “employment is good, unemployment is bad”,
and you quickly get an anxious or angry reaction.
The simple idea that unemployment is a natural
condition of any advanced technological society,
and that it’s not inevitably ‘bad’, seems beyond
most people. The question, “in what kind of
context, or society, can unemployment be seen
as something good?” is therefore never asked.
That sickly Monday feeling another week
condemned to this sterile office hell...
work is doing what you don’t want to do... The
way to operate with integrity is to do what
you want, to do what you enjoy.”
Phil Laut, Author/Financial Expert