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Work, Life, and Satisfaction: Too Many People Hate Their Jobs

A Gallup poll published long before the lockdowns revealed that only 30% of Americans are passionate and enthusiastic about their work

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The summer before entering graduate school, I landed a job working for a large moving company where imposed deadlines ruled. Each day the drivers and helpers (I was a helper) left the company parking lot at 6:30 a.m.

Everyone’s daily goal boiled down to the same thing, however varied the assignments – finishing the move by the day’s end. If we were moving office equipment or entire offices, the deadlines were often based upon the closing times of loading docks, secured parking lots, and office buildings. If we were handling household moves, we sought to finish before dark.

My Job Drives Me Crazy
The full-time employees, or “lifers” as they were called, came from all kinds of backgrounds. The work was demanding, exhausting, and unrelenting. The lifers basically hated their jobs, but for many, that’s all they qualified for – many were high school dropouts. Later, I’d learn, people in all types of industries hate their jobs.

Visibly, most of the lifers were aging faster than normal. Each knew the importance of meeting their daily deadlines with an incremental approach, and in inducing the customer to ask them to stop:

An Incremental Approach – In the moving business, one simply could not make a hurried move. For one thing, you’d start dropping items, bumping into other people, and placing items in the wrong rooms.

If you tried to quickly unload a truck, you’d become so tired halfway through that you physically could not finish. So, we unloaded our trucks methodically. I caught on from the first day, largely because I had no choice.

Those first couple of days, I was so sore by the evening that I couldn’t proceed any faster, even if I wanted. By the second week, I started to build up some muscles and could maintain the status quo.

Please Stop

Item by item, the lifer and his helper would lift items off the truck or roll them onto dollies. Office moves were easier than household moves because buildings had loading docks, freight elevators, and long tiled hallways. Houses, by contrast, had front steps, narrow doors, heavily carpeted living rooms, winding stairs, and other irritating impediments.

On household moves, once the truck was cleared of a family’s possessions and all items were in the house, the next task was to unpack all of the boxes. Many contained items which were singly wrapped with newspaper or plastic bubbled sheets.

It was physically easier to unpack boxes, rather than lift, carry, and place them, but by this point in the day, neither the lifers or helpers wanted to do anymore work.

A Wink and a Nod
One sure-fire technique helped shorten our day. With a simple nod to one another, lifers and helpers working on household moves began to unpack the individual items in boxes at a furious pace.

At first, the family was pleased to see such efforts. After a couple of minutes, as one box was opened after another, and hundreds of items started pouring forth, the family typically panicked. They realized that if they let the movers go unchecked, every box in the house would be open and every item they owned would be parked in the far reaches of the house. So, invariably, families asked us to stop.

They wanted to open the boxes, later, at their own pace and regain the ability to make incremental progress themselves. We always feigned perplexity. We’d say, “Are you sure you don’t want us to do any more unpacking?” They were sure, alright. They could hardly wait to see us go. They signed off on the moving contract and displayed signs of relief as we made our way out their front door.

Universal Job Dissatisfaction

The next day, once again, we’d arrive at work early, and depart on our assignments by 6:30 a.m. Thank goodness it was only a summer job.

Decades later, well into my career, I learned that most people, not merely lifers in the moving business, hated their jobs.

As startling as it seems to those of us who love our work, a majority of American workers either loathe their jobs or couldn’t care less about what they do. These results, coming from a Gallup poll BEFORE the lockdowns, published in The State of the American Workplace Report, reveal that some 30% of Americans are passionate and enthusiastic about their work, and are actively engaged in their tasks on a daily basis. These are the high-performing, highly productive segments of the labor force.

Far Short

According to Gallup, apparently all others fall far short of being actively engaged and nearly 20 million workers are what Gallup terms “actively disengaged.” These workers are unhappy and only too willing to convey their sense of dissatisfaction about the jobs they do. Another 50 million workers are “passively disengaged.”

In all, about 70% of our 100 million person workforce fall into the “I don’t like my job” category. Thus, a broad swath of industries, executives, managers, and supervisors today face a continuing challenge when it comes to enticing the 70% to consistently reach their productivity potential.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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And Then There Were Three: A Look at the Three VP Finalists

Here are the pros and cons of each…

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**The Red Report: A Conservative Perspective on Potential VP Picks for Donald Trump in 2024**

Check out Chris Widener’s new video looking at the three VP finalists. A deeper look in print below the video!

As the 2024 election approaches, the political landscape is abuzz with speculation regarding who Donald Trump will choose as his running mate. Three names frequently mentioned are JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio. Each of these potential vice-presidential candidates brings unique strengths and a conservative vision that aligns with Trump’s agenda. Let’s delve into the qualifications and appeal of each candidate from a conservative viewpoint.

**JD Vance: The Outsider with a Powerful Narrative**

JD Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” has emerged as a potent force in conservative politics. His life story, rising from poverty in Appalachia to becoming a successful venture capitalist, resonates deeply with many Americans who feel left behind by the political elite. Vance’s candidacy embodies the American Dream, making him an inspirational figure for a broad swath of the electorate.

Vance’s conservative credentials are robust. He is a staunch advocate for economic policies that prioritize American workers, a critical issue in the Trump agenda. His focus on revitalizing manufacturing and curbing the influence of globalist policies appeals directly to the heartland voters who were instrumental in Trump’s 2016 victory. Additionally, Vance’s critique of Big Tech aligns with the increasing conservative sentiment against Silicon Valley’s unchecked power and perceived biases.

In the Senate, Vance has proven to be a strong voice for conservative values, consistently advocating for pro-life policies, Second Amendment rights, and a strong national defense. His ability to articulate these positions with clarity and passion makes him a formidable candidate. Vance’s outsider status, combined with his eloquent advocacy for the working class, would complement Trump’s message and broaden his appeal.

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**Doug Burgum: The Businessman and Problem-Solver**

Doug Burgum, the Governor of North Dakota, is another compelling choice for Trump’s running mate. Burgum’s background as a successful businessman before entering politics mirrors Trump’s own journey, suggesting a natural synergy between the two. His experience in leading a state with a strong economy and low unemployment rates demonstrates his capability as an effective administrator and problem-solver.

Burgum’s governance style emphasizes fiscal responsibility, limited government, and economic growth—core tenets of conservative ideology. Under his leadership, North Dakota has seen significant advancements in technology and energy, particularly in oil production. Burgum’s expertise in energy policy would be invaluable in an administration committed to achieving energy independence and reducing reliance on foreign oil.

Moreover, Burgum’s pragmatic approach to governance, coupled with his ability to implement conservative policies effectively, showcases his potential to appeal to a broader electorate. His calm demeanor and focus on results over rhetoric could provide a stabilizing influence, balancing Trump’s more combative style. This blend of business acumen and political effectiveness makes Burgum a strong contender for the vice-presidential slot.

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**Marco Rubio: The Experienced Statesman**

Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, offers a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of both domestic and international issues. As a former presidential candidate and a prominent figure in the Senate, Rubio’s extensive political background would bring a seasoned perspective to the ticket.

Rubio’s conservative stance on key issues aligns closely with Trump’s platform. He is a vocal advocate for tax cuts, deregulation, and strengthening the military. His expertise in foreign policy, particularly in relation to Latin America and China, would be an asset in addressing complex global challenges. Rubio’s Cuban heritage and his consistent support for freedom and democracy resonate with many Hispanic voters, potentially broadening the Republican base.

Rubio’s communication skills and ability to articulate a clear, conservative vision make him an effective campaigner. His youthful energy and commitment to conservative principles would appeal to both the Republican base and independent voters. Moreover, Rubio’s legislative accomplishments and his work on bipartisan issues demonstrate his ability to navigate the complexities of Washington, D.C.

In conclusion, JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio each bring distinct strengths as potential vice-presidential picks for Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Vance’s compelling personal story and advocacy for the working class, Burgum’s business background and effective governance, and Rubio’s extensive experience and foreign policy expertise each offer unique advantages. From a conservative perspective, any of these candidates would complement Trump’s vision and enhance his chances of securing a victory in 2024. The choice will ultimately reflect Trump’s strategic priorities and the direction he wishes to take his campaign and administration.

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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