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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Karen

I'm really interested in this question, and was just reading a piece in the New York Times about how to make employees feel they are part of the system (and I really like the image of a workplace "ecosystem.") http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/business/jim-whitehurst-of-red-hat-on-merits-of-an-open-culture.html?pagewanted=all

I LOVE my work, and I feel fulfilled by it much of the time. As my oldest child begins to ponder college and what his work life will look like, I've been trying to figure out what makes someone love what they do (in my case perhaps it's because I work for causes I believe in with motivated and creative people). It certainly took me a long time to figure it out.

I like being able to set big, forward thinking, long-term goals at work, and also to be able to accomplish things in the short run. I am lucky because i have a boss and a position and a workplace that allows me to do both. I also work for myself 20% of the time, and of course, that opens up all sorts of opportunities for feeling both incredibly accomplished and incredibly ignored.

Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

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