Our Job = Our Self
My Job is a book of first-person stories by real people at work around the world.
You Are What You Do
The contributors to the ‘My Job’ book comprise a detailed mosaic of places and people at work; from across the U.S. and around the world.
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What Does It Mean to Have a Job?
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A Message From the Editor, Suzanne Skees
Disrupting the Way We View Work
In the upcoming book, My Job, I contrast work lives from around the world to provide a lens through which we can recognize our similarities and diversity. The purpose of this book is to challenge conventional thinking about how a job is valued and undertaken from the viewpoint of distinct cultures. At its essence, this book is about the human condition and how very similar we all are at our core. I believe this book will surprise, enlighten and definitely move you.
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Time on the Job is Relative
We hear the phrases “In a New York minute” and “I’m on Hawaiian Time” because time is viewed differently across regions and cultures. How time is perceived by a society has profound impact on the way a job is approached and performed. For Americans, the concept of time has a direct relationship to matters of business. It’s viewed as a gushing well of opportunity; fast flowing, yet fleeting. For the American professional, time is money. In other cultures, however, the human condition dominates and time has its place on the periphery of life. For workers having this perspective, honoring a task, profession or business relationship is more important than being punctual for an appointment. Meeting dates and deadlines are viewed as flexible and pliable targets for these workers; a clear contrast to the American view.
How Do We Rest Between Shifts?
This photo captures a fisherman resting between shifts. Fishing, as an occupation in every culture, is hard work with long days. Fishermen of Western European cultures use their coastal homes for rest. This fisherman from Ghana uses the beach, where he docks his boats, as a place for both work and slumber.
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Personal note from Suzanne: I am super excited to announce that MY JOB Book 2 will ship on March 12. We want to thank you, our loyal readers, in two ways. Remember that every book you buy also creates jobs! *Please note that this campaign runs ONLY...read more
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Vocational Values is a 3-Part Series. Part 1 focuses on how Millennials are choosing to align with the values. Do you consider work to be a necessary evil? You might not like what you do for a living, but you do it. Whether for the money or the potential for career...read more
New Book Coming Soon I'm excited to announce that Book 2 of our series, My Job: More People at Work Around the World, is in production. Having met hundreds of people in fascinating jobs, I faced an enormous challenge in selecting the stories to include in Book 2 . . ....read more
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