Labored Lecture

Is there anything better than returning to work the day after a long weekend dedicated to the workforce? Yes. There are many (so many) things better than that, but here we are.

The last few years have come with many lessons, and the value of work is a big one. What that “value” is? Well, that is still very much up for debate.

The “no one wants to work” narrative is alive and well, and just as true as it’s always been. (Psst…it’s not true.) From what I’ve seen, it’s not that people don’t want to work, it’s that people do not want to work in the same way.

I’m not looking to start or put out any fires in this debate. What I will say is that I think all sides of the conversation could benefit from a little more value appreciation…or rather an appreciation for different values.

The value of other perspectives. The value of alternative approaches. The value of reimagined realities. The value of change and differences. The value of a valued workforce.

Work has value, but more importantly, workers have value and a right to define and determine what that value is.

Live and let live. Work and let others work in a way that works for them.

Be Kind. Be Brave. Stay Awkward.

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