Why You Hate Work NY Times Opinion Commentary

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Lisa discusses Why You Hate Work, an opinion in the New York Times Sunday edition, written by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath.

Basically, this article summarizes some original research as well as some previous studies. The four elements that contribute to employee satisfaction and productivity are examined for their individual contributions. I read this article on the heels of an article on Danish workplaces, which essentially asked why is it acceptable in the US for workers to expect to hate their jobs. Good question.

“Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus … Continue reading