Meaning of Work? LO13232

Tue, 15 Apr 97 10:57:59 EST

Replying to LO13186 --

In response to your questions, you were asking why you got these
results. Start by looking at the population you were questioning.
Managers! According to many articles (at least in North America),
very few people are looking at management nowadays... overworked,
underpaid, under recognized.

>Question 1.
>There was a drop in this work centrality rating (from now to the
>future) across all industries.

I can't speak for Britain, but most people work so they can relax in
the future. If I'm interpreting your finding, people thought that
work would become less central to their life in the future. If you're
putting in long hours, you are not planning to do that in the future.

On your deathbed, when reviewing your life, you're never going to
wish you had spent another hour at work!

>Question 2.
>The comfort dimension which includes issues relating to working hours and
>good physical working conditions, was the only dimension that increased in
>the future.

Again, same answer... managers putting in long hours and hard stressful
work will want the future to become more comfortable. The fact it rarely
does, doesn't mean they don't want it to be more comfortable.

>Question 3.
>Throughout the sample there seems to be a generally pessimistic outlook for
>work in the future.

Has anyone seen the overall outlook for most large companies... continued
trimming of the workforces with an increasing bottom line. There may be
staff growth in many companies overall, but my gut instinct is that the
number of people to total revenue will decline.


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