Setting aside issues regarding pay, hours and general conditions of employment – valid points worthy of consideration nonetheless – we could ponder whether work is work when we are engaged in an activity we love doing.
Is it fair to say work is work as we go about researching some information if data gathering provides a stimulating challenge to us? Being up to our knees in brambles as we clear the garden for a loved one, yet feeling so alive, doesn’t seem right labelled as ‘work’.
The enjoyment we obtain from a variety of roles possibly gives to the idea of work is work a new perspective. Our attitude to whatever it is we are dealing with right now, in terms of how we are spending the working day, perhaps holds the key to how we perceive the task in question.
Work is work, yes, but we need not fall into the negative mindset of others and automatically dismiss this time of our life as being just a moment to ‘get through’. We can choose to embrace it and, in doing so, might find we are happy wherever we are and however we are using time.
I’d love to learn your thoughts on the issue of ‘work is work‘, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).