Jul 26, 2022 • 10M

Work: Struggling, Surviving, and Thriving [Bonus]

Commentary on how we cope with workplace conditions

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Larry G. Maguire
The Sunday Letters Podcast is the weekly audio newsletter from organisational psychologist Larry Maguire on the meaning & purpose of daily work and our paradoxical relationship with it. We explore how we may break free from tiresome means-to-an-end labour and take command of their own working lives. Topics include solo working, careers, entrepreneurship, small business economics, society and culture. Content follows the written newsletter, which goes out to subscribers every Sunday.
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Marx argued that the Capitalist system separated workers from the true meaning of their work and made them merely cogs in a machine. As such, they lose control over their work, meaning and purpose and become alienated. Capitalism aims to make money, and in that scenario, people become a means to an end. Working conditions are, of course, better today than they were one hundred years ago or more, but many experience the same psychological conditions in the workplace. The solution? Command your own work. Work for yourself. Decide who to work for and at what to work. You’ll not be entirely free, but it’s a start.

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