Magazine article Management Today

Wise Words: Think Again - Love or Work - Where Are We More Miserable?

Magazine article Management Today

Wise Words: Think Again - Love or Work - Where Are We More Miserable?

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Freud defined normality as the capacity to love and work. However, it seems more accurate to define normality as the tendency to fail at one of the two, for most people are either miserable at work or in their relationship.

For example, engagement surveys report that 70% of people are disengaged, and even in low unemployment economies like the UK, 70% of people are considered passive job seekers (not proactively searching for new jobs, but open to new opportunities). You only need to Google 'my boss is ...' to find out what most people think of their managers, and how traumatised they are by them. Psychological studies show that leadership is a major cause of disengagement and that most people quit their jobs because of their line managers.

Things are hardly better in the realm of love. There are an estimated 5,000 active online dating sites in the English-speaking world alone, and new dating apps are launching almost on a daily basis. In the UK, online and mobile dating are now the most popular way to meet your partner, yet research shows that technology cannot enhance relationship success. First, because the more choices we have, the harder it is to be satisfied with our choices. Second, because technological dating tools make the rich richer and the poor poorer. In addition, as the users of Ashley Madison will have realised, technology makes ending relationships more enticing by increasing the temptation - and opportunities - to cheat. …

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