Who’s Happier? Managers or their Assistants?

It depends, writes Professor Amy Wrzesniewski of Yale University.

It depends on how they see their work.

Turns out we have a choice.  

Do we have a job?  A career?  Or a calling? 

We decide.

Amy has studied doctors and nurses, teachers and librarians, engineers and analysts, managers and assistants.    

Across each field, roughly one-third of people see their work as a job (“a necessity that’s not a major positive in their lives”), one-third see their work as a career (something to “win” or “advance”), and one-third see their work as a calling (“ a source of enjoyment and fulfillment where you’re doing socially useful work”).

It’s not the work itself, but how we see the work that matters.

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Reflection:  Do I have a job, a career or a calling?

Action:  Journal about it

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