Competent Slacking Requires Incompetent Work

One of my fondest memories of working at Kohl’s was when I purposefully went slow on a particular night. We were doing the usual drudgery of taking clothes off a container and putting them in them in the appropriate place. This was fairly mindless, uninteresting, repetitive and frankly, insulting work that I generally disliked. It…

Purpose can be a Dangerous Thing

In late August, Barry Schwartz a professor of psychology wrote an article for the New York times called Rethinking Work. Anything that’s going to get us challenge our contemporary notions of work is going to interest me. But sadly Schwartz’s article isn’t so much challenging things like the Puritan work ethic, the obsession with fast-living,…

55 (Hours) and (Barely) Alive

At this point there should be little doubt that working longer hours isn’t always healthy. Even within an eight hour you’re likely going to start slowing down. Either because you didn’t get enough sleep, work is stressful or a lack of time for yourself. Whatever the reason, after a certain amount of hours you likely…

Happiness and Work

It’s hard to come up with titles. You try to make them as specific as possible so folks know what you’re going to talk about or at least most likely to. But sometimes there’s no real way around the fact that the topic is expansive and that there are multiple ways to come at it.…