Hate Your Job? You're Not Alone
If you can't make it in The Land of the Free, you're defective—that's the default assumption, the core belief that allows Americans who aren't hurting, who aren't unhappy with their lot, to cling to quaint mid-twentieth-century Walt Disney notions about the inherent wonderfulness of American life.
Not long ago, the Gallup organization stunned HR professionals (and many others) with a report on the State of the American Workplace in which it was found that 70% of American workers either hate their jobs or have "checked out," at a net cost to the U.S. economy of $550 billion per year.
The findings come as no surprise to the 81 million Americans listed as "working poor" or the more than half of Americans who struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or reliance on social services. Those who daily live the kind of working life depicted in Barbara Ehrenreich's poignant 2001 classic, Nickled and Dimed, know only too well the folly of trying to paint America as a Land of Opportunity. For many Americans, it simply isn't.
On the other hand, you don't have to be working a minimum-wage job at Walmart to feel job-disenchantment. Shows like The Office (and innumerable movies, from "Nine to Five" and "Office Space" to "Falling Down" and even "The Matrix") depict office work as inane and degrading. They resonate with viewers precisely because so many viewers are themselves stuck in well-paid but meaningless "good jobs."
And yet, ironically, there is fierce hatred in America (and Great Britain, actually; and elsewhere) for those who don't excel in an economic system that's clearly broken. If you don't like your job (or can't become a self-made millionaire), there's something wrong with you.
"The economic downturn has made the middle class less generous toward others," says Guy Molyneux, a researcher at Washington, D.C. based Hart Research Associates. "People are less supportive of the government helping the poor, because they feel they're not getting enough help themselves."
If you can't make it in The Land of the Free, you're defective—that's the default assumption, the core belief that allows Americans who aren't hurting, who aren't unhappy with their lot, to cling to quaint mid-twentieth-century Walt Disney notions about the inherent wonderfulness of American life. It's far harder to confront a reality that says maybe, just maybe, 70% of Americans despise their jobs because 70% of jobs really do suck. This is the painful hypothesis that HR managers (and others) need to confront head-on, immediately. (Good luck getting employees to discuss it honestly on-the-job, though.)
If it's true, as the Gallup authors say, that "Engaged employees provide the vital competitive advantage U.S. companies need to regain their stature in the global marketplace," then America is in very deep trouble indeed. American workers are not engaged. By all accounts, they're enraged.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.
- Liberalism as "radical pragmatism"
- Intersectionality and civic discourse
- How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
Irish president believes students need philosophy.
- President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
- Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
- The Irish Young Philosopher Awards is one such event that is celebrating this discipline among the youth.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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