Long ago Dale Carnegie asserted people often experience workplace fatigue because they are bored, stressed or worried in their jobs as opposed to actually being physically tired. In this issue of Community, Conner Newbold examines workplace fatigue and various coping mechanisms.
While reviewing Conner’s article during the editing process, I reflected on a statement often attributed to the ancient Chinese sage, Confucius. However, more conventional wisdom identifies Mark Twain as the originator of the statement: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I often have the opportunity to visit with young students or employees who are early in their careers. In these visits, the most common question I’m asked is, “What advice would you have for me as I decide what direction to take my career?”
In a variation on the declaration by Twain, my response comes without hesitation. “Do something you love because you are going to spend a lot of your life doing it. And if you don’t love it, life can be pretty miserable.” My follow-up to this is: Choose your field of work and place of employment carefully.
Although not quite as eloquent or efficient as Twain’s words, the application of these sentiments has allowed me to find a great deal of joy and satisfaction in my own work.
So, what is it that I love about what I do?
I love working with people I consider to be my friends, many of whom have become like family. From my counterparts on the executive team to every member of our marketing/communications team and employees throughout the bank, I have the privilege of working alongside some of the most talented, dedicated and kind people I know.
I love that the work my team does is so visible. By that I mean that our work has a direct impact on the success of our organization. When I turn on the radio, go to the theater, read the news online or attend a Zions Bank-sponsored community event, I’m proud to say, “We did that!”
I love working for an organization that is genuinely committed to doing good. For nearly 145 years, Zions Bank has been creating value for individuals, families, businesses and communities throughout the Intermountain West, and I am honored to now be a part of that legacy.
Certainly, there have been days over the past 20 years when I have experienced fatigue in my job. However, because I genuinely love what I do, who I do it for, and who I do it alongside, that fatigue is situational and not systemic.
So I guess according to Twain, I haven’t worked for over 20 years — and for that I am grateful.
Executive Vice President
Corporate Marketing and Communications