Who called it work anyway?
I’m musing about the future of work. Let’s just call it the future. All the projections suggest that increasingly clever robotics and AI will take over the mundane, repetitive and heavy lifting (not necessarily weight but because it’s mind-numbingly dull). So the nature of work may change. We’ll be doing different things. But isn’t the shift needed different to a technology takeover? May be the shift needed is in our gift right now.
And that shift is in our relationship with work, reframing it as something in which we choose to invest our talents and time because it is meaningful to us. What if we could start to connect with what we do each day as an expression of who we are? Not with our job title or the function we perform but with our essence as a talented human being.
Seeing beyond work…
To some this may sound a bit pie in the sky yet I believe we have to move beyond seeing our work as, well work and helping others to see that too.
If we trace back the origins of words indicating labour in most European languages there’s a rather unpleasant connection with torment or suffering. The Latin laborare was a descriptor for anything accomplished with difficulty and struggle. So as a start to reframing and changing our relationship I suggest we drop the word work.
Instead how about getting connected with the things we achieve each day with our resources – our talents, our effort and each other? Getting connected with a sense of achievement that we have made a difference, made progress, however small. It’s a mind-set that gives a whole new and more joyful meaning to how we spend our time.
Let’s get started.