Workism: Employees Need to Understand the Role of Work In Their Lives


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Have you heard of the term “workism”? I read an interesting article in The Atlantic recently titled, “Workism is Making Americans Miserable”. Workism is the idea that our work is a means of identity. It’s not the same as being a workaholic, which is a person who compulsively works hard and long hours. Workism is the concept that work not only provides us with the money to survive but that it’s the centerpiece of our life’s purpose.

If that’s the definition of workism, I can immediately see how it can be detrimental. In the United States, there are plenty of research studies that show Americans work longer hours, take less vacation time, and retire later than most countries with…


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