SOURCES

EPISODE 11 - WORKISM

CONTRIBUTORS

Sam Spurlin

Specialist in "organisational culture and transformation" at The Ready, an organisation that "helps you discover a better way of working."

Professor Sir Cary Cooper

"Director & Founder of Robertson Cooper, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health at MBS Manchester University."

Max Maher

"A serial entrepreneur and strong believer in doing things because they are hard."

Josh Mackey

"Owner & Operator of Mackeydesigns.com & DailyDriven.com."

Anna Lundberg
"A business strategist and personal coach who writes, coaches and leads workshops to help highly motivated individuals, employees and entrepreneurs achieve their full potential in their professional and personal lives."

SUBREDDITS

r/Work

Discussions about work and working life.

r/antiwork

"A subreddit for those who want to end work, are curious about ending work, want to get the most out of a work-free life, want more information on anti-work ideas and want personal help with their own jobs/work-related struggles."

r/Entrepreneur

"A community of individuals who seek to solve problems, network professionally, collaborate on projects and make the world a better place. Be professional, humble, and open to new ideas."

r/GetMotivated

"This is the subreddit that will help you finally get up and do what you *know* you need to do."

WORKISM

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable Derek Thompson, The Atlantic. 24 Feb 2019.

"For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising transcendence and community, but failing to deliver."

Letters: Readers Discuss American Workism and Its Discontents The Atlantic. 8 March 2019.

“My passions, such as they are, are not going to get me meaningful, fulfilling, or well-paid employment.”

It’s Time for a Workism Reformation Sam Spurlin, Medium. 15 March 2019.

"Too much has been sacrificed at the altar of Workism. It’s time to chart a new path."

Work as a religion: The problem with ‘workism’ and its critics Joseph Sunde, The Acton Institute. 26 Feb 2019.

"If you’re a young person in America, you’ve undoubtedly been bombarded by calls to “follow your passion,” “pursue your dreams,” or “do what you love and love what you do.”

Is It Too Much To Ask That Work Have Meaning? John Baldoni, Forbes. 25 Feb 2019.

"Two recent articles, one each in The Atlantic and the New York Times, get to the heart of a feeling bubbling beneath the surface of many workplaces. People find their jobs unfulfilling."

MILLENNIALS & WORKISM

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed. 5 Jan 2019.

"I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected."

Millennials aren’t lazy, they’re workaholics Katie Johnston, The Boston Globe. 19 Dec 2016.

"The millennial generation, the first to grow up with smartphones in their hands, is often stereotyped as lazy and entitled."

Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? Erin Griffith, New York Times. 26 Jan 2019.

"I saw the greatest minds of my generation log 18-hour days — and then boast about #hustle on Instagram. When did performative workaholism become a lifestyle?"

Paycheck or Purpose: What Drives Millennials? Amy Adkins and Brandon Rigoni, Gallup. 1 June 2016.
"Millennials have a complicated relationship with money. They're financially optimistic, yet they feel economically restrained."

DEFINING SUCCESS

Rethinking What Success Looks Like Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, The Atlantic. 19 Dec 2016.

"For women who left the workforce, their ambitions didn’t disappear so much as found a new target."

Your “Dream Job” Is a Myth Alison Green, Slate. 12 May 2019.

"It’s impossible to tell how perfect a position truly is until you’re in it."

10 things I realized after I quit my job without a plan Anna Lundberg, Business Insider. 25 Feb 2019.

"The security I felt in my previous job was an illusion. After leaving, I found myself meeting a huge array of people and getting opportunities I never could have imagined."

Imposter syndrome has a much bigger impact on mental health than we first thought Hollie Richardson, Stylist. 16 July 2019.

"New research shows that women are experiencing negative feelings at home with their families, as a direct result of imposter syndrome in the office. "

WORKPLACE CULTURE

Screw “Work-Life Balance”. This is what you should strive for… Jon Roa, Medium. 4 March 2018.

"For entrepreneurs, work is life and life is work, but if you do it right, you can experience the best of everything."

Work/Life Balance is impossible Nick Irving, Medium. 13 Feb 2019.

"Discipline and governance in the neoliberal workplace."

The 'coffee cup trick' used to catch out potential employees in job interviews Matthew Cooper, Manchester Evening News. 2 June 2019.

"One employer thinks he has the perfect trap for potential employees - the 'coffee cup trick'."

Dropped wrappers and dirty cups: the tricks bosses play at interviews Emine Saner, The Guardian. 5 June 2019.

"Employers have shared some of the ways they pick a suitable candidate. But does washing your coffee mug mean you’re right for the job?"

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant David Graeber, Strike! Magazine. Aug 2013.

"Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed." 

Your Co-Worker Is a Total Slacker Alison Green, Slate. 9 June 2019.

"Should you tell your boss?"

America’s Job Listings Have Gone Off the Deep End Amanda Mull, The Atlantic. 13 June 2019.

"What even is a data-obsessed, project-juggling digital ninja?"

End the Plague of Secret Parenting Emily Oster, The Atlantic. 21 May 2019.

"If mothers and fathers speak openly about child-care obligations, their colleagues will adapt."

How workplace counselling helps employees and employers Rich Hughes, Personnel Today. 23 Feb 2015.

"Rick Hughes, lead adviser for workplace at the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, explains more about the counselling profession and the important role that it can play within an organisation." 

Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’ Claire Cain Miller, New York Times. 26 April 2019.

"How America’s obsession with long hours has widened the gender gap."

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber review – the myth of capitalist efficiency Eliane Glaser, The Guardian. 25 May 2018.

"Is your job one that makes the world a better place? If not, it is probably bullshit, part of a system that is keeping us under control."

Time Off and Vacation Usage US Travel Association. 2017.

"Vacation is essential for strong bonds, a productive workforce and a fulfilled life. But each year, more than half of Americans leave vacation time on the table, accumulating to 705 million days in 2017."

The Work Martyr's Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships Project: Time Off.

"In less than 15 years, U.S. workers have lost a week of vacation time. For decades, Americans used more than 20 vacation days."

You Are Not Your Work Identity Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. Psych Central. 9 July 2011.

"If you’re like most people, you will spend about a third of your adult life working for somebody.  Employment is most likely a huge part of your identity and a source of meaning in your life. " 

Work email is making us a ‘generation of idiots’. Time to switch off Cary Cooper, The Guardian. 14 May 2015.

"Einstein warned that technology could surpass human interaction. It’s happening, and workplaces have to step in when employees can’t kick the habit."

Superhuman: the startup offering a shortcut to empty inbox nirvana Alex Hern, The Guardian. 12 July 2019.

"The Silicon Valley firm makes bold claims for its slick technology that aims to rid people of torrents of unread emails."

The UK’s forgotten workers without sick pay – and why new rules won’t help them Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman. 16 July 2019.

"A government proposal could change eligibility criteria to give two million more people statutory sick pay. But many will have to continue without it."

What really happened when Swedes tried six-hour days? Maddy Savage, BBC News. 8 Feb 2017. 

"Sweden has been experimenting with six-hour days, with workers getting the chance to work fewer hours on full pay, but now the most high-profile two-year trial has ended - has it all been too good to be true?"

Eat, work, sleep, repeat: Why the UK has the worst work-life balance of western Europe Max Kelly, City AM. 2 Nov 2018. 

"Brits work 325 more hours a year than their German counterparts – translating to roughly nine extra weeks a year, according to an analysis of 2017 data."

'HUSTLE CULTURE'

Reddit's Alexis Ohanian says 'hustle porn' is 'one of the most toxic, dangerous things in tech right now' Jim Edwards, Business Insider. 6 Nov 2018.

"Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian wants you to know that "hustle porn" — the fetishization of extremely long working hours — is bad."

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice Olga Khazan, The Atlantic. 12 July 2018.

"A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers."

Busyness 101: Why are we so busy in modern life? (7 hypotheses) Kyle Kowalski, Sloww. 25 Sept 2018.

"We feel like we’re 'pressed for time', that there’s 'not enough time in the day', and that we are 'running out of time'. But, our amount of time hasn’t changed." 

'Hustle' on Etsy

BURNOUT

What you need to know about burnout, now it’s an official medical condition' Patrick Heardman, Dazed. 17 June 2019.

"The World Health Organisation is predicting a global pandemic of burnout in the next 10 years."

Why burnout is such a controversial issue in Switzerland Jessica Davis Plüss, Swiss Info. 17 June 2019.

"The latest Job Stress Index survey found more than a quarter of Swiss workers suffering from critical levels of workplace stress."

You Can Now Be Diagnosed With Burnout Katie Heaney, The Cut. 28 May 2019.

"Burnout — generally understood as reduced interest and productivity in one’s work precipitated by overwork — can now be classified as a diagnosable condition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)."

Boris Johnson’s “toxic” mental health comments show just how out of touch he is Kayleigh Dray, Stylist. 17 July 2019.

"Bryony Gordon, Poorna Bell and Matt Haig are among those who have criticised Boris Johnson’s “upsetting” comments on mental health."

 

What Makes Entrepreneurs Burn Out Eva de Mol, Jeff Pollack, and Violet T. Ho, Harvard Business Review. 4 April 2018.

"By now we are all familiar with the risks of burnout. Research shows that it leads to work-related issues such as job dissatisfaction, absenteeism, inefficient decision making, and turnover, as well as health-related issues such as depression, heart disease, and even death."

 

The trillion-dollar taboo: why it’s time to stop ignoring mental health at work Lilah Raptopoulos and James Fontanella-Khan, Financial Times. 11 July 2019.

"Stress is costing businesses and claiming lives, so why do employees feel unsafe asking for help?"