August 2014

Conflict At Work

Work As a Source of Conflict


In the recent past, before the Industrial Revolution, most people did not have much choice about the work they did. Commonly, a son would learn the trade of his father and would end up passing this trade onto his son. If his father was a farmer, he became a farmer. If his father was a craftsman, he became a craftsman. In the case of women work had very prescribed boundaries generally centered around housework and raising children. Often there was little or no choice about the work that men or women did.

While there was little choice, no one expected to have any at all. One followed in the parental footsteps or their job was chosen for them that was the way it was so everyone simply expected it.

Today, things are much different. Children do not have to go into the family business, they can, for the most part, chose their own careers and jobs. Often however, the job chosen is less likely to be because it emotionally or spiritually supports the worker than because it pays the bills.

Most people chose their life's career when they are very young, they work to buy the luxuries of life or to support their family. It is usual for people to pick jobs more because they need one than because they really want to do that particular work. Today, it is common that work is a source of problems and conflict more often then it is a joy. Too often it creates new problems that can affect the individuals health and well-being.


People that do the wrong job are more often than not are:

  • Bored
  • Depressed
  • Have lower self images
  • Feeling unworthy
  • Not make sufficient income to live well
  • Stressed and anxious
  • Have marital and relationship problems at home, on the job and in life in general
  • More likely to get divorced
  • More likely to have affairs
  • More likely to have financial problem and live above what they earn
  • Sick more often
  • More likely to overeat or eat a poor diet (junk food junky)
  • Not reaching for or finding their highest, healthiest best self
  • In trouble with bosses, fellow workers and the law
  • More likely to use alcohol or drugs
  • More likely to gamble and take excessive risks
  • More likely to be injured on the job and off of the job
  • More likely to be spousal or child abusers
  • Unhappy
  • Unfulfilled
  • Dissatisfied

    While it is important not to over generalize too much about people who do the wrong job it is probably not untrue to say that life often means less to the person who is unhappy with their job.


    Ask Yourself These Questions:

  • Think carefully are you happy with your job?
  • Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life?
  • What does your present job cost you in self-image, well-being, health, good feelings about yourself?