Is Your Work Worth It?

How to Think About Meaningful Work

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By Christopher Wong Michaelson

By Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

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A critical examination of the complex and revealing questions we must ask ourselves about our work and the value it brings to ourselves and others.

According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers, and even fewer globally, feel “engaged” at work, and nearly half are “unhappy” doing what they do for a living. In the post-pandemic era with its turbulent job markets and spiraling economic landscape, many workers find themselves wondering: is my work worth it?

In Is Your Work Worth It?, a prominent philosopher and an organizational psychologist investigate the purpose of work and its value in our lives. The book asks vital questions, such as: 

  • When and how much should we work?
  • Should I work for love or money?
  • What would make life worth living in a world without work?
  • What kind of mark will my work leave on the world?

This essential book combines scholarship, cultural artifacts like film and literature, and inspiring stories to help us clarify what worthy work looks like, what tradeoffs are acceptable to pursue it, and what our work can contribute to society.


On Sale
May 7, 2024
Page Count
320 pages

Christopher Wong Michaelson

About the Author

Christopher Wong Michaelson is a philosopher with 25 years of experience advising business leaders pursuing meaning and providing work with a purpose. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and then joined the New York office of Price Waterhouse (now PwC) as one of the first five consultants in a business ethics practice. When he accepted a full-time faculty position teaching corporate ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he kept a foot for several more years at PwC working on its Global CEO Survey and as its first Strategy Officer to the World Economic Forum. Christopher went from Wharton to NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he still teaches, and later joined one of the largest business ethics faculties in the world at the University of St. Thomas, where he is the Opus Distinguished Professor and Academic Director of the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, three kids, and two dogs.

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Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

About the Author

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas is the Camilla Latino Spinelli Endowed Term Chair and Professor of Management at Babson College. Her research on meaningful work, work as a calling, and employee sustainability efforts has been published in top journals, covered in international news outlets, and recognized with Best Paper awards by academic publishers and the Academy of Management. She has co-authored a digital, interactive textbook, Organizational Behavior: Developing Skills for Managers and co-edited The Handbook of Research Methods in Careers. A former management consultant, Jen works with both companies and individuals to craft meaningful careers and appreciate the risks and rewards of work as a calling. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business of New York University. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two kids.

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