There is a trend in much of society these days for people to say that certain people or certain professions work harder than others; today I’m going to chat about why we need to stop this practice. I don’t believe that everyone should need constant praise to go about their daily life but at the same time, people shouldn’t be consistently told that their job or career isn’t as important as someone else’s. The “I work harder” issue comes up for a lot of people, but everyone just seems to dance around it like it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, it can have a very real and negative effect on some people, and it is easily avoided!
I think I speak for most people when I say that I work incredibly hard at my job. I am typically here an hour to an hour and a half before the work day actually starts to get a jump start on things, I respond to emails and work on documents when I’m at home, and I will do whatever I can to help students (I work at a university). However, because I am not a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a paramedic, or a few other “chosen” professions, people like to one up me and remind me that those professions work harder than I do.
Adulthood is not a game of one-up-manship; you working hard at your job has no bearing on me at my job unless you are one of my coworkers. (Hi, guys!) I know that I work hard and I am proud of my work ethic, so I tend to simply move on. I have however seen several people physically deflate when friends and family feel the need to remind them that someone else works harder or that they shouldn’t be tired when someone had a longer day. For me, there are also several acquaintances I have that I know I can’t talk about anything career, finance, time, or energy related because I know I will be reminded of it; they used to be friends but when you can’t talk about that much, there isn’t much of a friendship left, is there?
When your friends, family, or someone you know talks about how they’ve had a difficult day or they find their workload hard, sympathise with them as an individual. Don’t compare them to someone else. Do all of the above mentioned professions have very difficult and demanding careers? Absolutely! Does that mean that people who “just work in admin” don’t also deal with upset and irate people who question why they have their job, have to work incredibly long work days, and have monumental tasks of their own? Not at all.