Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist. Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He frequently publishes editorials in the New York Times applying his research in psychology to current events, and is the author/co-author of several books including Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing about topics such as decision making, creation of values, interaction of morality and self interest, work satisfaction, role of ideology in assessing psychological theories, and basic learning processes. Quite a hefty resume.
You don’t need a shrink to tell you that work/life balance is a necessity, and that too much work can take a toll on you. Or do you? Are you getting intangible benefits from your work other than a paycheck? Is it time to rethink the workplace? Are you changing the workforce with the way you act with your employees?
This is particularly important as an entrepreneur with your own business, even if you are the only employee. Hard work is a necessity to run your own business, but is the way that you treat the hard work actually working? Keeping employees loyal and productive is no easy task, but with meaning and a sense of fulfillment imbued into the workplace, you can create devoted lifelong employees for yourself and your company.
And if you do not run your own business, consider the implications of going into work for yourself in order to achieve meaningful fulfillment in your work. You job skills may seem reliant on working for others, but all skills are applicable for -and translate to- and independent business with a little thought.
In this TED talk, Barry discusses work. Why do we work? Outside of making a living, some people have fulfilling careers that challenge the mind and the senses. Jobs that make an impact on the world at large. But what about most of the rest of the world? Take a look at the video below and decide for yourself: