Stress in the workplace LO27094

From: Don Dwiggins (
Date: 08/03/01

Replying to LO27062 --

Winfried Dressler writes:
>> In a learning organization, work would be fun, exciting, and healthy.

> Rick, I am wondering whether this is a valid promise for LO's? May be some
> more sobering discussion is needed. Even in a LO the toilets will have to
> be cleaned. Fun? Exciting?

Well, there's the story of the janitor in JPL in the '60s who, when asked
what he was doing, replied "I'm helping to put a man on the moon!" I see
your point, though. Well, perhaps in a LO the maintenance staff would
have their work appreciated more, so they would have a sense of belonging
and contributing.

> In a learning organization, work would...

I like the word "joy" better than "fun" (see the poem I quoted a while back
on joy vs. pleasure); so, I'll offer "... be joyous, engaging, and

> If I worked in a learning organization, my work would...

... feel like an integral part of my life as a whole; contribute to
others' work and vice versa; adapt to the changing needs of the
organization and my interests and capabilities; its demands would be in
harmony with those of the rest of my life; ... (sorry, I'm too tired to
complete the "E"s; maybe someone else can pick up here).

Best regards to all fellow workers and learners,


Don Dwiggins " This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one . . . the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." -George Bernard Shaw

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