@RetirementManifesto Thanks for the big welcome! I already feel so welcome her and look forward to sharing and learning from all of you!
Believe me, I know all about "enduring" work! There is only so much corporate politics, stupidity and inefficiency that a person can take! (Was that my outside voice?)
I would highly recommend the book, Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google, by Laslo Bock. The book is very transparent about what makes Google such a great place to work.
An argument the book makes about creating a great place to work is creating 'meaning' at work which Google does a great job at in making information available to the entire world. However, their critics say, "Yeah Google, you're different, you are Google, you have lots of money, you have free food, etc."
The retort is then to look at a company like Wegemans, a regional grocery change in the NE. Low margin, non-exempt workforce, mature business. They have similar employee satisfaction scores and reputation to Google but a very different business an industry.
My point is if you can find meaning in your work, even if you have to be creative, do it! There was a warehouse worker in my last job who was constantly having issues with other employees. I would regularly coach her to help in these situations and offer encouragement. When I was laid off, she was one of the few people that reached out to me, thanking me for helping her during the difficult times.
That's how we can make a difference and find meaning in our work!
BTW, Fortune just came out with their top 100 Places to work. No surprise, Google was rated #1. Guess who came in second? You guessed it....Wegemans!