Or most people, working is simply a means to pay the bills, it has no intrinsic worth. Discuss.

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For most people, working is simply a means to pay the bills, it has no intrinsic worth. Discuss.


Relevant readings from the reading pack:
a? Ackroyd, S. and Crowdy, P. (1990) a?Can culture be managed? Working with a?rawa? material: the case of the English slaughtermena Personnel Review 19(5): 3-12.
a? Morgan, G. (2006) a?a?The Ugly Face: Organizations as Instruments of Dominationa excerpt from Images of Organization London: Sage, Ch. 9
a? Rosen, M. (1988) a?You asked for it: Christmas at the bosses expensea Journal of Management Studies 25(5): 463-480.
a? Jackall, R. (1988) a?Looking up and looking arounda excerpt from Moral mazes: the world of corporate managers Oxford: Oxford University Press.
a? Knights, D. and Roberts, J. (1982) a?The power of organisation or the organisation of power?a Organisation Studies, 3(1): 47-63.


Additional relevant readings
a? All additional readings on UTSOnline under the a?Lecture Threea tab.
a? Chapter on the a?selfa from Jackson, N. and Carter, P. (2000) Rethinking Organisational Behaviour Pearson Education, London: pdf of chapter on UTSOnline under the Lecture 3 link.
a? OaDoherty (2006) a?Individual differences, personality and the selfa, from Knights D. & WiIlmott H. (eds.) (2006) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thompson: pdf of chapter on UTSOnline under the Lecture 3 link.
a? Chapter 21 from Thompson, P. and McHugh, P. (2003) Work Organizations: A Critical Introduction, 3rd edition. Basingstoke and London: Palgrave Macmillan: electronic copy of book available via UTS library site.
a? Chapter 9 (Motivation and meaning) from Linstead, S.; Fulop, L. and Lilley, S. (eds.) (2004) Management: A Critical Text. Melbourne: Macmillan.


An illustrative opening paragraph of one possible answer:
outlining the argument and a summary of the structure of this argument.

a?In this essay, I am going to argue that work cannot simply be understood as the means to pay the bills a it encompasses far more meaning for individuals in our society than simply the provision of wages or salary a however this does not necessarily mean that it has intrinsic worth to the individual. In Section One, drawing upon Jackson and Carter (2000) and OaDoherty (2006), I explore the strong and deep connections between work and individualas sense of self and search for a secure personal identity. Indeed, by drawing upon Rosen (1988), Clegg et al (2008), Brewis (2006) and others I show, in Section Two, how managers of modern corporations are explicitly encouraged to design the workplace and motivate employees so that these employees connect their sense of self with the organisations they work for. This, however, doesnat tell the whole story of the meaning of work for individuals. In Section Three I draw upon Jackall (1988), Knights and Roberts (1982), and Morgan (2006) to show the anxiety, subordination and domination that may also describe the experience of work for managerial and non-managerial employees alike. In conclusion, I reiterate that work for modern citizens is more than just the means to pay bills however this may not necessarily result in work being experienced as intrinsically meaningful, for it may just as well be the case that work comes to experienced as a heavy burden or an unhappy time.