Everything that we do in life whether out of choice or as obligation or even such things that we are largely indifferent to is governed by a certain psychology of being. For indeed, human beings are intelligent animals and to grant them this power of the perception entails indeed for the mind to be more nuanced an entity driven by wholly intangible desires that has us pertaining therefore to a realm of awareness magnificently apart from other such fores of existence. That is what we mean when we rake up notions of the human mentality or consider our unique psychological identity that is vividly distinct for every one of us. And yet guiding these individual idiosyncrasies of the human mind are certain collective some aspirations that is perhaps the reality that holds in our assertion as human beings. These set of norms that has the human mind woke and working naturally influences our thought process and the actions that emerge out of them, manifesting psychology at the crux of everything we do.
As concerns similar such span of an understanding that governs the human need and in fact desire too for work is something particularly interesting a premise to explore. In being resident of a dual ideology that charts out almost two ends of an extreme, the psychology of work itself is a multifaceted expression of the forever multilinear human desire that derives exclusive satisfaction from no any pursuit. Even when governed by such ideals that exemplify work as worship, our jobs don’t really appease our worldly souls even when they are a definite means to serve our desires. Work, or more appropriately professional work or jobs rather, is the way we have known in the modern world of earning the resources to pursue our interests. Whether this ‘interest’ is something utterly material or otherwise something more vague, or even something that counts as basic necessity or as passionate aspiration, work indeed is the means through which we earn the money that matters. That is the larger picture we choose to see when we concern ourselves with the stress of jobs and employment, as a career avenue that allows us to live the life we want to or in some cases affords us only our basic sustenance. Regardless though of the route of its charting, work is something the world has come to understand in such terms that make it an exercise in money making- demanding for some, privileged for the others but still existing within that essence of its reverence.
But that is only part of the motive behind why we work. Beyond such physical goals of earning the moolah, working itself can be deeply psychological an awareness to find one’s calling is. As surprising it might sound, work can be a concept rooted in more abstracity than what is evident from the oft pursued entailing out of it. Indeed, not all importance of working beyond earning is lost on the world as there has been universal recognition of work endowing life with something as profound as purpose itself. Corroborating directly to this esteemed enough stemming from something we look down upon as the tedious routine of work is the heightened awareness that comes to dwell on us as regards our own worth and identity. Leading again to such substantial impacts on markers of personality as self confidence through a more positive, favourable view of oneself in one’s own abilities is this very understanding of work that indeed is valuable much beyond the net worth it creates of us. Though not unexplored, this facet of work still somehow fails to gain precedence over its life sustaining basis but only by perhaps some few ounces of weight. In contrast though, there are a host of other conceptual realities equally characterising this considerably expansive chasm of what work is across its many dimensions that are even lesser understood, let alone pursued, that makes it a case underrepresented in its psychological workings. And that exactly is what constitutes the larger part of the psychology of work, grossly overlooked despite the enormous bear of significance that it encompasses.
Work is also as essential because it helps one maintain stability, not just in their finances but also in their existence because when pursued as per one’s interest and with dedication, work harbours also the essence to be therapeutic. By such understanding, work therefore can be liberating but it lends itself to this nature of its performance as therapy also in a manner of the contrast. Work is something that keeps you occupied and therefore helps to put your mind off of such musings that could be stressful or exerting. Of course, work itself can be as exerting as well and can be a cause of worry on its own but in offsetting other such moods that generally might not be triggered by anything in particular and therefore can be more severe in their vagueness, your job can be in fact elevating your life experience. Another lesser recognised aspect in which work can be potentially beneficial is the ground it provides for mutual friendships to develop. Workplace ties are seriously underrated but along the many a bonds one strike up within the confines of the office lie a certain authenticity that is what leads to the vibing in the first place. Whether it be sharing the common area of interest in which you work or even how you do your job, or perhaps also the obligatory ties that you need to make initially, workplace friendships can be no less enriching than your other cherished relationships. In fact, having access to the same conditions and environment of a place you spend considerable chunk of your time in can in fact make connections built at the workplace more real because of their genuine relatability. Fostering therefore understanding with the people around you through mutual experience of events and circumstances is a potent power that work allows one to explore. This discovering of folks very much like you translates to an inward journey as well, as you begin to better understand yourself simply by pursuing very naturally what your work elicits out of you, whether in your choosing of friends or in realising what your additional interests lie in. Stimulating also of the intellect is another psychological nature that work veritably works upon and while that might be a more obvious understanding we expect ourselves to possess, it can be quite surprising, the extent and frequency in which we overlook this gratifying indeed exertion of the jobs that work up our life.
This lesser understanding that we have of the psychology of work might be what has brought it to considerable levels of disrepute. Particularly with such jobs that demand of one a set 9 to 5 routine, the general perception isn’t the most favourable. With oft and obvious rants of how the (in)famous work- life balance continues to elude one and all or how the cons of working such a dedicated schedule of minimal flexibility far outweighs the cons of them, it is no surprise that we aspire instead to become entrepreneurs or be self employed so that we can work at our own whims and fancies. But the fact being that not all of us in the world possess the skills nor the means to make it matter as a successful business person, it is more than clear that the reality is something we should be able to cope with. At the same time, working on one’s own can be as challenging, driving us therefore the same path of lament that might arise from a job we work for others. This means that irrespective of the mode in which we work, this essential driver of life still would be open to as much maligning of its image while persisting still with favourable adages of work being another much needed strand along which life perpetuates. Striking a balance is the key which brings us therefore to another element of work that can be as profound in its nature.
This certain aspect though isn’t something exclusively confined within the realms of working. In fact, work being a part of life, it only is natural that what comes to govern our processes in work also inevitably extends to life in general through the same trail of thought that traverses them all. Such a realm of awareness still more approached in a work visage is the exciting indeed prospect of the weekend. As a concept that emerged out of the Industrial Revolution and is attributed in its later day evolution to industrialist Henry Ford, it is apparent that the weekend is a period of time eked out of the realms of the working world. In all our unified condemnation of excessive work and the over glorification of it existing as two ironical manifestations stemming yet again from the dual ideologies of what we practice as humans, the balance that holds the key to an ambient working space is the utopic almost conjuring of the weekend.
As a couple some days of the week when one expects to not concern themselves with work and go on instead about living the life they are working for, the weekend is a matter of anticipation despite its certain and not very distanced recurrence. Interesting therefore it is that the very mention of this favourable end of the week is enough to bring upon one and all a rosiness not considered to be encounterable within the furlongs that count up to make the wide expanse of work. Understood quite simply as the weekend effect is this more than favourable response dawned upon by the march of the Saturdays and the Sundays that effectively creates a world of happier people irrespective of the status or the privilege entailing out of their holding of a job. That in turn bodes well for their work spirit, something that can be considered ironic or not depending on how one chooses to view the weekend as. For those who feels that the end days of the week brings upon them greater freedom might likely hold a certain remorse of their workplace while those who regard instead the couple days as a reward for their weeklong efforts would generally look forward to returning to work in all energy and spirit. What though is more universal is the effect that the weekend essentially has in making the whole work experience a closer draw to the idealised work life balance, emphasising even more the psychology that governs the ambits of the working spree across the dual dwellings of which humankind is resident in, in their own choice.