I have spent the last several years exploring work.
I’ve engulfed myself in conversations, research, and reading on everything that matters to today’s workforce and the future of work. A few issues I’ve recently delved into include: the origins of labor, how the brain learns, why job training is largely ineffective, how to use technology to increase employee engagement, and how to make our workforce more fair and just.
My exploration has taken me down all types of rabbit holes. One of which led me to the book “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory,” by anthropologist David Graeber.
David Graeber’s groundbreaking book argues that nearly half of the jobs that exist today are meaningless. The benefits of AI and automation have not led to the 15-hour workweek John Maynard Kenes predicted in 1930, but have instead created millions of “bullshit jobs.” And that reality causes a lot of societal and psychological harm since our culture measures self-worth almost entirely by our work and productivity.
A lot of leaders in the workforce space might find Graeber’s book controversial. I think everyone who wants to empower workers and create a future of work that’s more equitable and just has a responsibility to think critically about our workforce, which is why I’ve put together the top 23 best highlights from “Bullshit Jobs” to share with you today.
These are the 23 points that make up our game on “Bullshit Jobs,” which has just been added to our on-demand game shop at 1Huddle. The shop has thousands of games on bestselling work-related books, and “Bullshit Jobs” is one of my favorites. It’s innovative, it’s audacious, and it will change your perspective on work.
So check out all of my highlights below and then get ready (if you are up for it) to play one of the shop’s most popular games, Bullshit Jobs:
These are my biggest highlights from “Bullshit Jobs,” and it was a wild read.
Consider the fact that 37-40% of workers in developed countries today feel their jobs are pointless and half the economy is made up of—or supports—bullshit.
Imagine what type of world we could all create if we had the freedom to invest our time, attention, and labor to causes that aren’t bullshit. Imagine how much more innovation and creativity would be cultivated and put out into the world if our self-worth wasn’t tied to workplace productivity and hierarchical titles, but was instead tied to pursuing things we are genuinely passionate about.
Now that we’ve covered all of the most important highlights from “Bullshit Jobs,” you should be ready to ace 1Huddle’s game on the book. Ready to play?
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