From work pressure to work pleasure
The theme that Committee Koning Willem I has chosen for the Maastricht Symposium 2017 is: From Work Pressure to Work Pleasure.
People spend a large part of their lives working. Having a salaried job is necessary in order to pay the bills, support our families and simply survive. On top of that, working also helps us to shape our identity, gives a meaning to our existence, structures our time and brings us into contact with others. Our hard-working lives have its benefits, but also its costs. Human capability is limited and differs from person to person. When we exceed these limits, we may find ourselves facing problems on the work floor which we are not capable of solving by ourselves. That is when we are facing a work pressure problem. While the term “work pressure problem” is usually associated with employees being faced with a workload which is heavier than what they can cope with, employees can also get into trouble when they are consistently assigned with work which underutilizes their capabilities. Work pressure does not always need to be interpreted negatively, but can in the worst case lead to burnout if the individual consistently feels unable to meet the company’s demands. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion and the result of excessive and prolonged stress. Once an individual reaches this stage he or she will not be able to work anymore for a period of time. As we speak, young students are consistently being told to study harder, spice up their resume, and gain relevant work experience because otherwise someone else will take their future job. Also, older people are being stressed to keep adapting and evolving their knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of companies to keep their job. These demands often negatively affect the working environment. How could this problem be tackled? How could organizations intervene in order to keep their workplace healthy? What are the economic consequences of burnout resulting from limited human capacity? How can the overall happiness of working humans be improved?
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Maastricht Symposium 2017