Is Your Work Worth It?: How to Think about Meaningful Work

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Is Your Work Worth It?: How to Think about Meaningful Work

By Christopher Wong Michaelson and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

"According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers, and even fewer globally, feel "engaged" at work, and nearly half are "unhappy" doing what they do for a living. In the post-pandemic era with its turbulent job markets and spiraling economic landscape, many workers find themselves wondering: is my work worth it.

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Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publish Date: 05/07/2024
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9781541703407
ISBN-10: 1541703405
Language: English

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What is work that's worth doing in a life worth living? A revealing exploration of the questions we ask and the stories we tell about our work. According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers feel "engaged" at work, and for many people around the world, happiness is lowest when earning power is highest. After a global pandemic that changed why, how, and what people do for a living, many workers find themselves wondering what makes their daily routine worthwhile. In Is Your Work Worth It?, two professors - a philosopher and organizational psychologist - investigate the purpose of work and its value in our lives. The book explores vital questions, such as:

  • Should you work for love or money?
  • When and how much should you work?
  • What would make life worth living in a world without work?
  • What kind of mark will your work leave on the world?

This essential book combines inspiring and harrowing stories of real people with recent scholarship, ancient wisdom, arts, and literature to help us clarify what worthy work looks like, what tradeoffs are acceptable to pursue it, and what our work can contribute to society.

About the Authors

Christopher Wong Michaelson is a philosopher with 25 years of experience advising business leaders pursuing meaning and providing work with a purpose.

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Christopher Wong Michaelson is a philosopher with 25 years of experience advising business leaders pursuing meaning and providing work with a purpose. He is the Opus Distinguished Professor and Academic Director of the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership at the University of St.

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