Work Won’t Love You Back, And That Is How It Should Be

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Kimberlee Josephson

“In an Ezra Klein podcast episode Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back, blamed capitalism for our workplace woes. Throughout the interview, Jaffe sticks to a recurring theme, namely that ‘devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted and alone.’ Depending on the task and the position at hand, some people may feel exhausted and alone. But for others, that is a welcomed and chosen experience. Using the term ‘exploited,’ however, is extreme when referring to organizations that provide opportunities to work, which we voluntarily apply for, compete for, and can leave on our own terms if we think we can do better elsewhere. Perhaps a voluntary system doesn’t feel voluntary when opportunities are lacking, or the alternatives are unattractive. But no matter how terrible, something tends to be better than nothing.” (09/20/22)