The Reason People Work Is Not What You Think

Jobs are not functional.

Gustavo Razzetti
Oct 8, 2018 · 8 min read

“Ninety percent of adults spend half of their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be.”

— Barry Schwartz

Jobs are not functional.

That’s one of the biggest mistakes most people make. They confuse a job description with the essence of a role. A list of tasks and activities just capture the functional aspect of work — job descriptions fail to address what drives people. You wouldn’t post yours and brag about it on social media.

But what about the meaning behind a job?

Every job has a (human) purpose for both the giver and receiver — it provides social and emotional benefits.

Your Job Has Meaning

Why We Work

Do we work because we have to or because we want to?

The Indirect Motives

This group is basically driven by external forces — we feel disconnected from our work.

The Direct Motives

This group is closer to the work we do — it creates both meaning and excitement.

In Search of Purpose & Play

We work to earn money, but we don’t work just for the money.

Human-Driven Technology

Going back to job descriptions, let’s avoid the mistake of developing technology with the same utilitarian approach to work — to replace the functional side of a job.

What world do we want to live in?

That’s the key question.


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Gustavo Razzetti

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I help people and teams become the best version of themselves. CEO @ liberationist.org Top Writer. Subscribe → bit.ly/ChangeInsights

Liberationist

We help teams and people drive positive change by liberating the best version of themselves. Insights on #leadership #selfimprovement #teambuilding #innovation #orgculture. https://liberationist.org

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