Do you work to live?

Have you checked out today’s Dilbert cartoon?

(Cartoon dated 27th June 2009)

It does pose an interesting question, why do we go to work?

The obvious answer is for the money, but I think people go to work for a variety of reasons.

I once did a spell working in a factory where they made, amongst other things, dried mashed potato. Back in those days they peeled the potatoes by hand and one of the guys there had worked at the factory for 20 years, and he was very proud of the fact he could peel a potato in 2 seconds flat. He used to work as much overtime as possible and he did this he told me, so he wouldn’t have to go home and talk to his wife. I remember thinking that it was a bit sad that he chose peeling potatoes over spending time with his wife, but convinced myself he was joking…… he did do a lot of overtime though. 🙂

Many studies have been carried out which show that people tend to spend more time with work colleagues than they do at home, so I think it is important that we have a clear idea of the reasons that we go to work and what we want to achieve from turning up at the office/factory/shop each day.

For some people work is the means to an end, for others it is an end in itself and their work is what defines them.

So do you work to live, or do you live to work?  why?

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