I’ve been happy in my career and I’ve been unhappy. Happy is better.
We spend the majority of our waking day at work – be it in the office, or tethered to the devices that allow work to bleed into our not-office hours. Study after study shows that the majority of workers are not happy. There is some debate as to how this unhappiness affects productivity, but there is no debate about unhappiness eroding one’s quality of life. There are remedies, some of which can and should be implemented by the employer. But, to paraphrase Tolstoy: all happy workers are the same; each unhappy worker is unhappy in his or her own way. So it falls to the individual worker to do something. On this website, I’m going to explore the pathways that one can take towards being happier in one’s career.
I’m a geneticist, a patent litigatrix, and a writer. I’ve observed work in academia, big organizations, small organizations, and out on my own. I’ve seen happy workers in miserable places and miserable workers in happy places. I also read everything I could get my hands on about happiness and productivity; happiness and stress; happiness and poor money management; happiness and … (you get the idea).
Originally, I put together this website to promote my first novel, because that is what a writer is supposed to do. A writer is also supposed to maintain a blog. But after a while, I couldn’t maintain my blog, because it wasn’t addressing the stuff that fascinated me most – how to have a happy career. Now, I’m pivoting this website and my blog to explore this topic. I hope you join me.