Why is Work “Worth it?”



The average American will work for about ten years of their life.


Based on the fact that the average workweek has jumped to 47 hours, with the working demographic from ages 20-65, you will most likely be one of the people who will spend ten waking years working. Why do we do it? Why is it worth it?


The Society of Human Resource Management did some digging with reported statistics, but with contradictory results.


The six most important factors of a working individual were the following based on the percentage of workers surveyed: Respectful treatment of employees at all levels, 72%; Trust between employees and management, 64%; benefits, 63%; compensation, 61%; job security, 59%; the opportunity to use your skills and abilities, 58%. Not a single one of those categories had an equivalent percentage of workers satisfied with those job aspects. Only 24% of those surveyed were satisfied with their compensation.





SHRM also found that that biggest reason employees seek employment outside of their organization is because they are looking for more pay. We work for years and years, only to be dissatisfied with the culture, conditions, and compensation? So why do people keep working? Is there some innate fear of unemployment that drives us? Are the majority of Americans working day in and day out to sacrifice their time to provide for loved ones? Why are we so ready to spend countless hours in order to support organizations that offer no proper satisfaction? Why is work “worth it?”


The answer seems to be that worker is now becoming the entrepreneur. More and more people are taking the reigns of entrepreneurship, and are injecting their values into their work life. The Kauffman Foundation found that startups, and new entrepreneurship, have been on a steady increase. More and more people are “trimming the fat” off of their work life; the aspects that workers find the most satisfaction in are being built, forged by their own hands.


One can argue that “you have to work,” and “of course working hour after hour is necessary,” for a multitude of reasons. The only way to secure the future of your family is through work. The only way to better your lifestyle is through work. The only way to live in 2015 is through work.


Work has never “been worth it,” if you are looking for satisfaction in life. There is not one day where you are fully excited and enthusiastic about clocking in your shift in the morning. Everyone is used to saying “my job is pretty solid, but it is work.” Now, it seems that the tide is shifting. All of the tools, tech, and tenacity of the younger workforces, and the know-how of older workforces, are putting satisfaction first.


So if you want a simple answer to the question, Why is work, worth it?,” well it isn’t, fully. Americans have worked because of the values and principles instilled by them from past generations. Be hopeful, work will be worth all the time you put into it, someday. It’s a matter of allowing innovation, creativity, and discipline mesh into the idea that your company can be successful, and give workers all the aspects they need to be satisfied.


Our company, CrowdComfort, values those ideas as we are an example of those entrepreneurial conduits. We’re young, we love facility management, and we live for satisfaction within our organization.


We are at the inception of a time that will begin a trend: “I enjoy my job, truly.”

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