Ever hear someone say: ‘Sure, work sucks . . . that’s why they call it work.’ At one point or other, we’ve all felt dulled by what we do at work—bored and creatively bankrupt. We’ve sometimes lost our zest for our jobs and accepted working as a sort of long commute to the weekend.
It’s not like we want to feel negative about our work. I think it’s safe to say that we want to feel motivated in work and in life. We seek meaning from our jobs. But given the wide-scale disengagement that exists across the globe, there seem to be some realities of organizational life that prevent us from feeling alive at work.
Here’s a real-life example. When Tom started his gig after college designing and maintaining the website of a Big 4 accounting firm, he was excited. The pay was great, and he was told that there were lots of opportunities for personal growth.