The usual perception of a worker is that of a person who is harassed by the need
to make a living. His motivation for work is more a matter of necessity than
interest. This is further corroborated by
the media displaying pictures of workers at the busy commercial hub of Kuala
Lumpur, usually taciturn and in a hurry.
However, this may not be the complete picture of a worker in Malaysia.
It is without doubt that everyone enjoys his or her leisure. After all, if
you are constantly pressurised every day working at a stressful job from nine to
five, leisure in the form of a relaxing dinner, a game of squash or tennis, or
even a karaoke session can be truly welcoming. Leisure allows one to reduce the
pressure experienced when one is inundated with deadlines and endless projects.
Thus, unwinding after a hard day's work would definitely be appreciated and
Furthermore, leisure is always a social event, allowing friends and relatives
alike to gather together for recreation. Such time spent not only allows you to
keep in touch with the important people in your life, but it also reaffirms ties
that are crucial to maintaining satisfying relationships. Self-esteem is then
boosted when you feel the warmth and love encircling you at such gatherings.
Even if you do not do anything really sociable, preferring instead to read a
good book or do some handiwork, it is still a change from the monotony of
working life. That in itself is a welcome change from the hassle of balancing
work schedules and adapting to the different
temperaments of colleagues. Thus, it is definitely true that we do
enjoy our leisure. However, it is not true to say that we do not enjoy our work.
After all, there are people who go into job areas of their personal interest.
This could range from the exciting like scuba diving to the conventional like
banking. Thus, people could very well enjoy their work because they have chosen
to pursue their interests as working adults. A sporting enthusiast could go into
the promotion of sports in a state or country and truly enjoy doing it as a job.
Furthermore, work also involves group dynamics. Thus, if you have built up
good relationships with your colleagues, it is akin to having social gatherings
with friends and family. In fact, many people have formed lasting relationships
with colleagues who go on to become strong family friends. Thus, work is not
necessarily not enjoyable.
Work can be enjoyable because it gives one a sense of achievement. At work,
we are constantly challenged to perform our best, and to overcome that is in
itself a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Thus, it is certainly not wholly
accurate to say that we do not enjoy our work, only our leisure. In fact, it is
a fact of life that human beings are extremely resilient and flexible and thus
will find enjoyment in what they do, be it work or leisure.