Friday, October 12, 2012

Chapter 3.9 – Quality of life, working climate and productivity

Excerpt from the book »Gradido – Natural Economy of Life«

»The economy – especially small industry, services and art – flourishes on our planet as never before. On the other hand, everybody only works as long as it’s fun for them. That’s why there is no over-production that pollutes the environment unnecessarily.«.  
– Joytopia

If everybody does what they love, how will that alter the quality of life? What impact is to be expected on working climate and productivity? How satisfied will the customers be? Would everything that is needed be produced at all? And who does the dirty work?

Anyone who has attended a good personality training course or success seminar knows that you can only be really successful when you do what you love. All really successful people do what they love. Or can you imagine a piano virtuoso who does not like music, a top athlete who hates training, a Steve Jobs who finds the iPhone stupid or a Pope who does not like praying? Only when you do what you love will you achieve the quality and productivity that it takes for exceptional performance. When you do what you love you experience work as pleasure. You are very happy to do more, work longer and better and achieve better results. You see problems which arise as welcome challenges to develop yourself and the quality of your work even further. Naturally you also enjoy being together with colleagues or business associates and customers; for with them you share the common stage, on which you are allowed to live out your favourite occupations.

Doesn’t every employer wish for such motivated employees? And doesn’t every employee wish for such a fantastic boss? Isn’t every customer happy to have such competent and cooperative suppliers and business partners?

With unconditional participation the gradido model gives all people the guarantee that they are allowed to do what they love. People who no longer know what they love receive valuable support from a loving community to develop their full potential. As everyone is already provided for through unconditional participation, they will only take on additional work that meets the standards set by unconditional participation regarding working climate, meaningfulness and pleasure. Potential employers and customers face the challenge of meeting these demands when they make offers and place orders. Hence, all work on offer has the potential of being loved.

»Yes, but who does the dirty work?« – »Who will still want to clean?« – »Who will work as a dustman?« – I can hear you asking such questions now. Let me answer these questions with two stories from my personal experience. 

During my school time a cleaning woman came to our house once a week – always the same woman over many years. Let’s call her Ms Miller. On this day of the week – I think it was Thursday – we boys had to watch our behaviour. We had the greatest respect for Ms Miller and her word was law. We sometimes found toys we had not cleared away in the dustbin. But that did not often happen since we knew that everything had to be tidied up before 8.00 on Thursday mornings. We had to get used to that. My parents much appreciated Ms Miller as in her way she taught their sons to be a bit tidy at least. From time to time my parents invited her to dinner.

Can you imagine that Ms Miller loved her work? Every Thursday morning she was the main person in our family, the undisputed boss. She not only had her work under control but also the two rascals. And she was highly respected by her employers.

About 25 years later I spoke to a young man in my neighbourhood. He told me that he had applied for a job as a dustman. The job was super – in the fresh air all day, no need to think and with good pay. While his contemporaries were still going to school or training for a job, this young man already had a good income and could afford things young people dream of, such as a nice car, a good flat, holiday, etc.

I don’t know if that young man is still a dustman today. And as chance will have it, a dustcart comes past outside just as I am writing this. I cannot see any dustmen in the street but only a rubbish claw controlled by the driver that empties the dustbins into the container single-handed. Driving such a dustcart seems to be a rather pleasant job. I would also enjoy doing it from time to time.

What can we learn from this? Firstly, that opinions as to what kind of work is enjoyable and which not differ from person to person. What is horrible for one person can be another person’s dream job, particularly when it is well paid. Besides that, hard jobs are increasingly done by machines, as in the example of the rubbish claw on the dustcart.

Dirty work or dream job – that is only an individual point of view. There are people who like doing any kind of task when they receive sincere appreciation and good pay. That also applies to dangerous work: there are people who seek adventure and danger and would be bored by a normal life. Nature provides for everyone and ensures that there are also people to take on every challenge that presents itself.

Every job will have to meet an important requirement in order to find someone to do it: the work must be meaningful. Hardly anyone will put themselves in danger or do something unpleasant if they see no sense in it. In the Natural Economy of Life earning money is no longer the main sense and purpose of work. Money is no longer an instrument of pressure, even less an instrument of power. Money has become one of many incentives. It can, as before, motivate people to do something they would not have done without money but it is no longer the sole motivation. Meaningfulness, working climate, enjoyment, fun, appreciation and thanks are other motivating factors which must add up. They all have in common that they enhance the quality of life of all those involved. They thus serve the threefold good – the good of the individual, the good of the community and the good of the big scheme of things.

In such a wonderful working climate people gladly perform well, particularly when they can enjoy their earnings without any deductions.

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