Passion Pit

“Passion” is a word that I think has lost its meaning. I often think it feels strange in the workplace.

I can understand being passionate about teaching children and helping people recover from drug addiction. But who’s passionate about reading an email chain that’s been thoughtlessly forwarded? Who’s passionate about double-entry bookkeeping? Who’s passionate about taking support calls from people who will blame you for their problem with your product or service?

They may not be as noble as working at a rehab, but we still need people to do that kind of stuff, and corporate managers and leaders need to create work environments that foster a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction for those jobs. Otherwise people will burn out.

But if that’s not your passion I can understand that.