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?
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.
Reflection: Do I have a job, a career or a calling?
Action: Journal about it