Why work?

Perhaps there is no person on earth who, reluctantly getting out of a warm bed in the morning, would not exclaim at least once in his life: “And who thought it up - go to work?” And really, why do we go to work and generally, why do people work?

To answer this question, different approaches are possible. You can look at the need to work through the eyes of a child, girl or boy, an adult, or the eyes of an old man. Another point of view is interesting - a look at the problem through the eyes of the antipodes: the employer and the person of wage labor, despite the fact that the type of activity in this case does not matter. Consider how attitudes towards work are shaped and changed with age.

Why work?

So, let's start in order, that is, from infancy. Not everyone can look at the world with the curious eyes of a child, but everyone is able to remember his pink childhood. And so, the five-year-old kid sees how mum and dad went to work, leaving him at the same time in kindergarten. Why did they go to this mysterious work, why could not they just stay for a day with a child?

And then the baby remembers how her mother said that if she did not go to work, then the crumb would not be able to play beautiful toys and eat delicious sweets.And the kid decides that for the sake of such indescribable pleasures, in principle, it is possible to suffer for some time without parents. Work is something very important. Let mom and dad work - in the evening, the family will still meet and the baby will be happy, though the parents will be tired, well, they will come home from work ...


In adolescence, we are not so “stupid” and our attitude to labor service is colored in negative tones: we don’t want to get up to school and how are parents not tired of running to work every day, even without holidays? Especially resourceful people are beginning to invent different ways to wriggle out of classes: someone stirs up a thermometer, someone artistically depicts a cough.

Does adult life have to go to work and yourself? I wish I could spend my whole life under the reliable wing of my parents! School years are a period of unbridled fantasies and now we are already thinking: really, if mom and dad leave their job, there really won't be a piece of bread in the house? No, let them work, because we want to get new jeans ...


Student years make revolutionary changes in our ideas about life.We already clearly understand why we work, we understand that a scholarship depends on the grades, that is, the quality of knowledge, and some pleasant moments of student existence depend on the availability of scholarships. A motive is being formed: instead of having fun with friends, you can give this time to classes and get, as a result, more financial autonomy.


Thus, a person enters into adulthood with a determined attitude to work. First, it is necessary to support a family. Secondly, each strives to maintain his social status in every possible way, which is impossible without the appropriate accessories (clothing, car). An adult already knows perfectly well why to work and what can be gained from it.

Old man

In old age, work is a great way to “forget” about your years. Yes, the state formally assumes the obligation to maintain the pensioner. But, first, we perfectly understand what the level of this content is. And, secondly, adding to a pension is not only a financial incentive, but also an important confirmation of one’s own strengths and abilities.

As you can see, the motivation of labor in a person changes throughout his life.It can be quite confidently assumed that a responsible awareness of the usefulness and necessity of labor is formed here in the period of the student body. We also conclude that looking at the nature of labor from the point of view of employer-employee relations does not reveal any new facet of the question.


Formally, work is an intellectual or physical activity that gives a tangible result, which we can feel, hear, touch or see. This is not the ability to a certain activity, but its process itself. Labor is amenable to evaluation and measurement in various conforming systems.

It is known that labor turned a monkey into a man. Although some modern scientists dispute this fact, preferring the hypothesis of the Creation of the World. In any case, it is obvious to us that the final point in the question of evolution has not yet been set, and it is likely that the name of Darwin in biology textbooks will soon be replaced by another one.

In the context of our theme, the principle itself is important: work is creation. If, through labor, the monkey has turned into a human being - the best motivation is hard to find. Labor lies at the very foundation of life.Without labor, not only the fish cannot be pulled out of the pond, without it the existence of modern science, culture, and civilization itself would be impossible.