Our Job = Our Self
My Job is a book of first-person stories by real people at work around the world.
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Pictures from around the country have been streaming in, and each one fills me with joy because it means not only do you care that all people have access to dignified jobs, but it also means we are connecting you with Wantay, Kevin, Robin and 12 other narrators who will inspire you.read more
NOTE: Many of our dedicated readers continue to experience delays in book deliveries from Amazon. We hope this is due to high customer-demand rather than delivery-system failure! The MY JOB book, however, is currently available through Barnes and Noble and Books a...read more
Write your holiday gift list and make sure MY JOB is on it. Everybody works, will work, or has worked. Help them gain perspectives about themselves while giving back to create jobs.read more
Over the next months we'll be exploring each of the MY JOB narrators, giving you a taste of what they reveal in their respective chapters. We're starting in Cincinnati with Kevin Kluender, whom you met a few months back when we talked about his work on the Dragonfly...read more
My Job hits bookshelves on October 17! We've been waiting for this day since the afternoon Suzanne first sat down with a bowl of Thai noodles and came up with the concept for the book. Finally, the MY JOB release is imminent! What this means for you. If you: A....read more
Over a 45 year career, Studs Terkel redefined American oral history by telling the story of the everyman. My Job is taking his approach globally, to tell the story of what work means to workers.read more
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Meet our narrators and follow Suzanne as she captures the voices of workers throughout the U.S. and around the world. Get the back story on what it’s like to produce a book with a mission in today’s complex world of publishing. You’ll get access to new stories: far more than could fit inside the pages the MY JOB book.
What Does It Mean to Have a Job?
A Message From the Editor, Suzanne Skees
Disrupting the Way We View Work
In the book, MY JOB, I contrast work lives from around the world to provide a lens through which we can recognize our similarities and diversity. The purpose of MY JOB is to challenge conventional thinking about how a job is valued and undertaken from the viewpoint of distinct cultures. At its essence, this book is about the human condition and how very similar we all are at our core. I believe this book will surprise, enlighten, and definitely move you. Learn more about Suzanne here.
Time on the Job is Relative
We hear the phrases “In a New York minute” and “I’m on Hawaiian Time” because time is viewed differently across regions and cultures. How time is perceived by a society has profound impact on the way a job is approached and performed. For Americans, the concept of time has a direct relationship to matters of business. It’s viewed as a gushing well of opportunity; fast flowing, yet fleeting. For the American professional, time is money. In other cultures, however, the human condition dominates and time has its place on the periphery of life. For workers having this perspective, honoring a task, profession or business relationship is more important than being punctual for an appointment. Meeting dates and deadlines are viewed as flexible and pliable targets for these workers; a clear contrast to the American view.
How Do We Rest Between Shifts?
This photo captures a fisherman resting between shifts. Fishing, as an occupation in every culture, is hard work with long days. Fishermen of Western European cultures use their coastal homes for rest. This fisherman from Ghana uses the beach, where he docks his boats, as a place for both work and slumber.
(Scroll down to experience the fisherman’s environment in full-color.)
MY JOB is a project of the Skees Family Foundation.
All of the author’s proceeds from sales of the MY JOB book go directly to nonprofit organizations supporting job creation in the U.S. and around the world.