Saturday, July 21, 2012
What is work?
Many times in passing people in the hall I ask, "So, are you working hard?" I think this makes for a better comment than, "So, how are you doing today?" I don't wait for an answer, yet I often get chuckles.
So today I was asked my own question in passing, "So, are you working hard tonight, Rick." I surprised her with this response: "It depends on your definition of work?"
"Um, work is when you are being productive?"
"Well, I am being productive, yet is productivity actually work? I can be productive doing something I'm being paid to do, or I can be productive doing something I want to do, like blogging."
"I see," she said, smiling. "So what is the definition of work?"
"So I guess work, by our bosses definition, is being productive doing something you're getting paid to do, like respiratory therapy stuff. If that's your definition, then no. Yet I am being productive one way or another."
"Or is work laboring and sweating and stressing..."
Yes, we have a little fun here at work (the place where we get paid).