The evidence can be seen in things such as lack of personal freedom, damaged family life and relationships, fractured communities, social problems, health adversely affected, feeling unfulfilled, to name but a few.
Has work life become a disease creating a sick society?
We have created a society where work is the dominant force in our lives. Every other aspect of life dances around it. Things that are most important to us play second fiddle to work. What our society has created is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog.
Does all this sound a bit dramatic? Maybe it is. But it does raise a serious question:
What is the purpose of working?
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not anti work in any way shape or form – far from it. I love my work and really value running my own business.
But I believe that work life could, and should, be a fantastic tool for enhancing all areas of life. Maybe this is putting it over simplistically, but here is what I believe the purpose of working should be:
- To enhance personal freedom and really living life fully
- To support and constructively contribute to family life, and relationships
- To allow communities to flourish in a healthy way
It’s time to create a new reality.
Imagine an economy built and measured on how work impacts personal freedom, family life, relationships, health, wellbeing, fulfillment, communities and how much it contributes to social problems.
Maybe you think these are just the rantings of an idealist. I would beg to differ. Here is why:
The economy, society and work life, as it stands, has been created by people over time. This means something new and better can be created by people over time. And thereby lies the key – by people! The solution lies in each of us taking personal responsibility for creating something better.
So, I think it is time for a work life revolution. It is time to create something better for ourselves, our families, our relationships, our health and our communities.
The work life and personal life you really want doesn’t happen by chance – it happens by design. Leaving it to chance is a hell of a gamble to take with your one and only life.
Is it time for you to create change around how your work life impacts your life? If so, what action will you take and when?
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