The Two Worlds of #Worklife

Tracking the #worklife hashtag on twitter on Tweetdeck creates a column inhabited by two very different worlds.

Worklife is Grim

One world is populated by people who feel worn out by their jobs. If they do not actually hate their jobs, they are certainly not excited by the prospect of going to work. Here are tweets going by under #worklife this morning (14 March 2012).

Exhaustion

“So tired,”
“Why am I awake right now?”
“I can’t believe I’m going to work at 6his hour..gonna be a LONG day”
“14 hours down, two more hours to go.”
“I want it all. By all, I mean sleep. Working on 3 hours of sleep from last night.”
“Finally home time.”
“Long and tiring day at work.”
“Ughh gotta wake up early tmrw.”
“Did a 11:30 to 2230 shift. Boy am I tired. What a day. Non stop.”
“Damn so tired”

Disengaged

“Do not wanna go back to this place”
“Gonna be a long fuggin day tomorrow. So not excited”
“Another day of work”

A major theme of this world is tedium. Work last entirely too long and it is the most boring activity imaginable.

Pollyanna’s World

The other world is inhabited by consultants and coaches who are pointing the way to a brighter worklife. I admit to being part of that camp.

They have longer tweets as a rule, with links to their blogs or to sites that discuss things related to worklife. Big themes include worklife balance, flexible work arrangements, and engagement with work. I haven’t seen much dialogue between these two worlds. I hope that they’re reading one another’s tweets to broaden their perspectives. Worklife can be a creative and joyous experience but it can also be a drag. Context means a lot.

In any case, I would love to read a more in-depth perspective from the disengaged, tired tweeters. Their brief tweets convey a concise and powerful message but leaves much to the imagination.

One more point: When I put #worklife into the twitter.com website, much of the Worklife is Grim world is missing. Only about half of the tweets from that perspective show up although they are clearly on Tweetdeck with the #worklife hashtag.

Is Twitter.com promoting the Pollyanna perspective to brighten our day?

2 Comments

  1. Hi Michael: I find your posts relevant and concise – thank you for so freely sharing your expertise.

    With this post I am concerned about your “polyanna” title. Most people think of Pollyanna as being an unrealistic optimist. As a person in this group I wouldn’t want others to think that the ideas I propose are unrealistic. Thanks for reconsidering! Cathy

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