Welcome to A Good Day's Work

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost
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Work at Harvest Time
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Smithy at Work
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Teaching Higher Ed
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Hot Welding
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Hot Welding
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Clothing Businesspeople
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Woodworking Tools
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Our site is all about work

Work … an interesting concept, that. Most of us can’t get by without working. And we will work a lot. On average, we’ll spend nearly 20% of our waking lives at work, and nearly 34% of our waking hours after graduation and before retirement.

The bad news is all that work can take an awful lot out of us. All the stress, crazy commutes, overtime when we don’t really want it … maybe Elvis Presley got it right in
Bossa Nova: “Take it easy baby. I been working’ all day and my feet feel just like lead.”

At its worst, work frustrates and infuriates us. At other times, though … when we’ve got the right job and great coworkers … our jobs can just as easily liberate and define us. So, if work is going to define our lives, we might as well make our work day just as good as it can be.

That’s the objective of our site: to explore work, and think about how to make your work just a bit better. And maybe have a little fun along the way. We’ll try to help you:

Find the job you want
the job you need
And, enjoy the job you got

What you’ll find on our site

We'll blend the day-to-day with the academic, the whimsical with the practical, at work and after work:

  • Work and jobs in the news
  • How to search for a job
  • Interview skills and tips
  • Resumes that really work
  • Career moves
  • Do you really like your job?
  • What to do at work
  • What to do after work
  • Just for fun: jobs and work in song, film, books, and art

In short, we hope this site gives us all a chance to reflect on what we do and to try to make it a Good Day’s Work. Want to get started? Why don’t you check out the work song of the week just below (you’ll need to download
Spotify to hear the songs … the free player will work just fine).

A good day’s work to you!

Good Day’s Work Song of the Week

“You load sixteen tons and what do you get? | Another day older and deeper in debt.”

Well, there’s a motivational set of lyrics to get you up and going to work on Monday! This is a classic example of a true working song, and just a plain old classic song. Written about life in the coal mines, the song evokes a deep sense of melancholy. We hear the worker not only complain about the lack of pay for his labor, but the despair of being trapped in a job he doesn’t like:

“Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go | I owe my soul to the company store.”

It’s got to be pretty bad at work when you don’t even think you can call in dead, let alone sick.

For the academics and managers in the crowd, we might look at this as a lack of motivation from an Expectancy
standpoint … the worker doesn’t expect a valuable return from his efforts ( “… further in debt”), so why work any harder? So, if you want more than Sixteen Tons, you may want to offer an opportunity for the worker to receive some reward that has valence to them.

Aww, but who cares about that. This is just a cool song and a great opportunity to hear the classic baritone of Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Get the lyrics to, and story behind, Sixteen Tons right
here. Wikipedia has a good write-up of the history of this song here.

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