Job satisfaction: A study in favor of an uncluttered, detached career

I’ve written in the past about my belief that there are only two types of jobs that aren’t clutter: The immersed career (you love what you do with a deep passion and it’s directly linked to who you are and everything you do) and the detached job (you clock in, do your job, clock out, like your colleagues, but rarely think about work when you’re not there). All other types of employment typically create frustrations, stress, and disappointment (also known as clutter).

A recent analysis of employment data in the UK by economists Richard Jones and Peter Sloane sheds some light on why the second job I’ve described above — the detached job — might be a cause for happiness and job satisfaction. The study “Regional differences in job satisfaction” from the March 2009 issue of Applied Economics found:

Job satisfaction is significantly higher in Wales than in London and the South East, the rest of England and Scotland. This is despite the fact that among these four regions, earnings are lowest in Wales.

The study makes five conclusions as to why this is the case:

  1. Because unemployment is higher in Wales than in other regions, people with jobs are simply happy to have jobs.
  2. Industrial relations between employers and workers is perceived by workers to be better than in other regions.
  3. Workers in Wales are less concerned about their income as it relates to overall job satisfaction.
  4. Dissatisfied workers tend to move out of Wales and move into the other regions.
  5. The culture of Wales trends toward happier workers.

What I took from these findings is that the people of Wales tend to care about things beyond what they do for a job. Their working conditions are fine, they make enough to meet their needs, and their passions lie elsewhere. They are attached to their jobs only in the sense that they are glad that they have them.

I think a great deal can be garnered from this study for anyone who is currently feeling the clutter of their career. Can you adjust your mindset to be more like the people of Wales? Can you detach from your job so that your work stays at work? What do you think about this study and the concept of detached employment? I’m interested in reading your thoughts in the comments.

Note: The study is $30 to read online, so I recommend a trip to your local library if you wish to check it out for free.

46 Comments for “Job satisfaction: A study in favor of an uncluttered, detached career”

  1. posted by Leah on

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the detached job is the right career-style for me. It’s been a struggle, because everyone around me seems so focused on having a career. They also seem to be pretty unhappy with their careers. I also read a lot of lifestyle design information, and while I want (and have) an amazing life, I don’t want to put the energy into making money that is necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur.

    My most recent job change started with the idea that at the age of 29 I needed to get serious about having a career, especially since I’m supporting myself on my own and want to retire early. So now I’m making more money, which is good, but I’m supposed to be taking steps to “get ahead” at the same time, and I just don’t have the interest. So I’m settling back into “just a job”, and I really think it’s the right fit for me.

    Fortunately I’ve been working at jobs that aren’t much of a challenge for me, so even at this “better” job I can do very well without having to put a lot of effort into it.

  2. posted by A.E. on

    What a timely post! I am currently job-hunting after completing a temporary teaching position at a local school. It was stressful and definitely not a job I could “leave at work.” Although teaching is one of my passions, and our long-term goals include starting a business that includes teaching, right now we are focused on paying off debt so we can be free to do things like…well, start a business!

    Since we want to do this as quickly as possible, I came to the conclusion that a steady, well-paying, “detached” type of job would be the best fit for me during this time. Even the dullest work can carry great meaning if it is serving a larger goal, and I am excited for us to have our evenings back so we can concentrate on our dreams rather than worrying about work. Your post helped assure me that this is an okay, and even desirable, thing to do.

  3. posted by Mara on

    I really, really wanted the detached job when my husband & I first downsized & relocated. It didn’t need to pay a lot, just be easy to get to, not too hard physically, and easy to leave behind at the end of the day. But–couldn’t find one, after over a year of trying. Had no choice, really, but to “hire myself” once again and return to entrepreneurship. Now I am immersed in courses and workshops and bootcamps and ebooks and on and on in the hopes of being able to cobble together something I can stand to do as a “lifestyle.”

  4. posted by Shalin on

    This is a very interesting study. I do find that in areas where there is less opportunity, there is more emphasis of “basic goods/services” entrepreneurship and being happy that you can make ends meet than finding an “immerse career”.

    Personally, I like occupations where I have an opportunity to use and refine/master skills I enjoy and allow success to naturally follow those efforts. The focus is then on enjoying the skills, however basic they may be. Still, being a new homeowner a detached job would be helpful to separate the different “to-do’s” of a day, week, or month! That reminds about something at the house… ;)

    –S

  5. posted by Shalin on

    Also…I think a complimentary commentary about the case for attaining contentment, rather than “happiness” may fit well with the study…

  6. posted by Simon on

    As a Welshman I wouldn’t say that we are any happier than other people in relation to work, and while some live for the weekend, others want more from their jobs than just a paycheque. Surely, the true approach to work is to take a Zen attitude towards it: when at work, work; when at home, play. Commit 100 percent focus to what you are doing, irrespective of where you are and the “chatter” you talk about will end.

  7. posted by LDH on

    When I first graduated from college, I want a detached career (because I was focused on my “art” and wanted to be free and clear of any job worries on nights and weekends). I moved into a new job that I thought would also be detached, but it opened my eyes to the possibility of working in my current profession which is immersed. The years or two between when I had realized my immersed career and when I actually got to be working in that career were AWFUL. I couldn’t be detached enough because I was working towards something, but I wasn’t yet immersed.

    I am now in an immersed career which is truly my dream job, but I remember being happy with detached and can see that I may return to detached in the future (my current immersed career can lead to burn out). I also feel, though, that I do an excellent job of not being on the job when I’m away from the job, immersed or not.

  8. posted by chacha1 on

    I am a detached worker and damned glad of it. I think American culture, in particular, over-emphasizes the notion of “career” and consequently we overwhelmingly self-identify by what we DO rather than who we ARE.

    I was happy to agree with a friend recently that who I AM is a dancer … with a day job.

  9. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    The stereotypical Welshman sings all the time, in harmony–and the Welsh people I have known tended to be fairly chipper folk. Maybe that’s it….

    My dad had the perfect “detached” job and intentionally resisted all attempts to promote him out of it. He worked at a government-contractor research facility his entire career. He wanted to be able to come and go in his carpool and have enough energy to vigorously pursue his numerous hobbies. He has outlived his four siblings, and is almost 80 in a family where they die int heir 60s.

    My husband is a computer science professor who programs and does math puzzles to relax, and would do his job even if he were completely independently wealthy (well, maybe not teach the entry level course, but…) He does seem more stressed sometimes than my dad, although they are very similar people, but I’m not sure that’s not just a factor of our modern life….

    I do know that my now former career of lawyer never achieved either standard and made me sick and miserable.

  10. posted by Sarah on

    I think it’s time for this.

    To get ahead, we’ve collectively pushed ourselves into a workaholic culture where working overtime, working weekends and working vacations are now considered normal. We’re living worse on two incomes than our parents were on one, and we have no choice. Anything less than a 60 hour week, and you’re not considered committed, however companies are less committed to employees than ever before.

    Then you look at how we’re behaving as a society, and no wonder – we’re all fried.

  11. posted by Vanessa H. on

    But how do you reconcile a “detatched” job with the fact that you are spending the majority of your waking hours doing something from which you are “detached”?

    That is my problem with having this type of job, and is why I want a career. You spend more time at work than anywhere else, so advocating a “detatched” job seems a bit too close to advocating a detatched lifestyle.

    Not stating an opinion more than just a personal concern. Any thoughts?

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    posted by themusiclivez on

    All I can say is thank you – for posting this article and for all of the responses. It makes me feel so much better to know that I am not the only one thinking about these things! I am an insurance agent and people seem to think that it “defines who I am”. I beg to differ. I go to work, do a good job, and come home. I want nothing to do with insurance once I leave my job and focus on my hobbies.

    @Sarah – I agree with you wholeheartedly… many of us ARE fried because of workaholic type culture we live in.

    @Vanessa – I agree with you as well – I get worried because I spend 40 hours a week doing something I don’t love.

  13. posted by Lose That Girl on

    I always loved what I did – working in TV. It was interesting, fun and plenty of hard work. Then I got laid off after our company was bought up by another. I never really felt defined by what I did, until I was out of work. People previously who loved to talking to me about my job, didn’t care anymore.

    I think some people wrongly define folk they know by what they do, not by who they are. Now I’m working for myself and I still see people react to me differently. I think people need to realize that there’s more to someone that what they do.

  14. posted by Anita on

    I’m with Vanessa on this. I have a “detached” job in the sense that, even though it is envolving, stimulating and requires a certain amount of personal commitment, I get to leave work at work every day.

    But anytime I have a moment to myself at work, I can’t help thinking that I’m spending all this time and energy on something that, although I don’t dislike, is not something I love doing.

    When your detached job is eating up 8 hours of your day and you basically live for the evenings and weekends, how is that a desirable situation? I agree that it’s better than being immersed in a job you hate, but I’ll take the immersed career any day.

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    posted by Lilliane P on

    Great post and comments. Maybe as a culture we’re finally waking up? I blame the media push for most of the craziness. It made it seem required and/or normal and we bought it. Now we’re paying the price.

  16. posted by Mletta on

    Can you be “deattached” and still do the job?

    That is a question you also need to ask yourself.

    One of the reasons many of us have challenges in jobs we like or love or care about is because we are surrounded by people who are “deattached” and basically just filling time until the end of the day. People who don’t care about the job, the company, the co-workers. Nothing except the pay that allows them to survive/live.

    Some of them make our lives a living hell when they fail to do their assigned jobs, do them late, do them incorrectly, etc. They don’t care and the rest of us pay the price for that.

    I can understand that many of us do not feel inspired by the work we do, that we don’t feel connected or worse, have to deattach due to the people we work for, etc.

    I get that and have been in that situation. But what also happens is that many people do this and then use that as an excuse to become uncooperative, irresponsible and worse. They make the jobs of others even tougher by them zoning out, as it were.

    Deattached does not mean being irresponsible or not caring about how you do your job and how your work affects others in a process.

    Whenever I find myself whining about the pressures of the various mid- to high-level jobs I’ve held in journalism, retailing, pr, corporate communications, publishing, etc, I look around and watch, with respect, wonder, and awe, the many, many folks who get up each day and toil hard and long in jobs that have no perks, no “prestige”, no future…nothing but a weekly paycheck for them. Jobs most people don’t want, but yet need to be done.

    My respect goes to those who show up each day and do those jobs with commitment, realizing that any work you do, using your life energy, is valid and worthwhile and needed.

    I spent decades riding the NYC subways. Ugh. But those trips were made lighter at times by the attitude of certain subway workers (including one token booth guy who posted daily quotes and thoughts).

    For those who are surprised, when they lose jobs, that they lose connections, etc. Why are you surprised? You got access, perks, etc. because of your job and/or your company, not who you are. that’s the good news!

    So you didn’t lose anything, really. We are not, and never are, our jobs, per se. We are the energy we put out there to make life a better place and to improve the quality of the world we live in by helping others in any way we can.

    ALl work has merit and all work is worthy of our focus and commitment to excellence.

    I have, quite frankly, more respect for the men and women clean offices well, who pick up the trash, who man the kitchens of restaurants, etc. than I do for the so-called CEOs and CFOs of the many companies that have profited by quite frankly, stealing from others.

    The USPS may have a lot of folks who are on auto-pilot (AKA “deattached”), for example, but we had the most fabulous mailman on the planet, who took it personally when anything happened to compromise our mail service.

    It’s not what you do, or even why you do it. It’s HOW you do it and how much respect you bring to the work. How well you do something, or how poorly, is a direct reflection on who you are. Not your title, or your income.

    If you stopped thinking that what you did was who you are, you might find it easier to just “do” the work, whatever it is, and shift your focus and energies.

    Most of life isn’t really about hating what we do, it’s about the politics of companies, the gossiping, backstabbing co-workers and bosses, etc. that really get to us. Many of us could easily just do the jobs if all the other stuff wasn’t around.

    In the end, in life, you work for yourself first and always. So yea, think carefully about who you work for. If everyone stopped working for unethical companies, for those who abuse workers…we wouldn’t have so many companies like this still in existence.

    I recently read about a coffeeshop where all the employees quit due to the horrible nature of the work environment. Man. That takes guts…and is another example of the people who can least afford it taking a stand to make the world a better place.

    OK. got off topic here, but…I think the real clutter of work is the politics, the co-workers and the bosses. Not always the actual job or work. But rather the work environment.

  17. posted by Shalin on

    @Sarah , @Mletta – I guess I always knew it, but never quite saw it clearly enough: having a rewarding career has been twisted to a “keeping up with the Jones’s” method of career development… Competition can be beneficial – to improve, you need a challenge that you may fail at the first time. But wow, it can get silly to point you get physically ill. Also, there’s probably a commentary on professional reputation vs. personal reputation that would apply here too…

    @Simon – Very good advice.

    I have to say, I do like a career based on skills mastery – I do like to consider myself a craftsperson and am happy to immerse myself that way.

    –S

  18. posted by Angela on

    A French woman once told me, “Americans live to work; the French work to live.”

    She found it sad that Americans’ first question upon meeting someone is, “What do you do?”

  19. posted by Ms. Brooklyn is a librarian on

    Thanks for the library plug!

  20. posted by Kait Palmer on

    Very interesting article and comments as well.

    I have a detached job for sure. I enjoy the people I work with, occasionally love my job and have never dreaded it, and am glad to have a job. However, I do know that I want to be a stay at home mom when we have kids so I know there’s no point in pursuing some high paying high stress job that I’m just going to leave.

    I have a lot of other pursuits–I’d like to publish my book(s), have a self-sustaining garden, and would love to sell some work on etsy–and I’m looking forward to following these forms of work when I leave a traditional job. Till then I’ll be thankful for what I have!

  21. posted by sewingirl on

    I have worked mostly service industry jobs in my life, and have always had family responsibilities also. I tend to leave the work at work. My “real life” has always been at home, and my jobs, while mostly enjoyable, didn’t take up a lot of my thoughts after I left. It feels right to me.

  22. posted by gypsy packer on

    I’ve done immersed (skiptracing), detached (contract cleaning) and have no problems with either style. Truly, the challenges of a job seldom are in the task; instead, the backbiters and the mentally unbalanced who exercise their neuroses on their subordinates or coworkers are the folks who make work a deadly aggravation.
    Thanks for the recognition of all of us who do work with low pay and no prestige. Sometimes the pure peace of the detached job makes it worth the pay cut and our real emotional reward is in meditative solitude or in service to others.

  23. posted by GG on

    I have figured out how to have a detached job at home–I am a medical transcriptionist and I love it. I love the medical field and what I do is interesting to me, but I can clock in at home, do my work and clock out and leave it in the computer behind me and I get paid for STAYING HOME! It really is the best of both worlds. For me, life is so much more than what I do for a living, and since I will have to work till I’m 90, at least now I don’t have a commute! Great article, thank you.

  24. posted by MellieTX on

    I think I am detached (in a healthy way) in a career in which many become immersed to an unhealthy degree. I’m a teacher and I enjoy my work but I also believe in “wherever you are, be all there”. I am so busy at work I’m not thinking about home. I work very hard while there so I can, as much as possible, leave it there. To do otherwise is to neglect my spiritual, family and personal life. Who is going to be around longer?

  25. posted by ami | 40daystochange on

    Wow – these findings differ from what I would have expected/predicted. I’ve been dreading and deferring my own job search because I’ve been hoping the ‘dream job’ drops into my lap. This piece makes me think it’s time to get over myself :)

  26. posted by PKitty on

    Very interesting thread! This issue has been my obsession for the last twenty years or so. I am an engineer who works in oil and gas but I would like to be a writer or an interior designer. I have finally wrestled the issue to the ground (for now) and accepted that I need the money I make in my current job and am not willing to make the sacrifices to pursue something else.

    At the moment I am the primary bread winner and my children are about to be starting university in the next few years. So … I have decided to consciously focus on making this job “detached” and when I find myself dwelling on some work issue at 3 a.m. I repeat the mantra “A means to an end”. I will probably retire in five years or so and so now am starting (slowly) to build up my other interests as hobbies.

    There are a lot of good things about my current position – I really like the people I work with and I find the work very challenging – so I also try to focus on that.

    I do get very frustrated with people who advise – follow your passion. In a couple with children, maybe ONE of you can do that. My husband pretty much has allowed his “passion” to rule his career – quite honestly – to its detriment. If I had followed the same path we would not enjoy the financial security we have today.

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  28. posted by Harrken on

    My current position is a “detached job”. It wasn’t always that way but lately I am becoming less and less attached (a.k.a. dissatisfied with) from to the company I work for and my job. My role within the company has been greatly deminished since I got a new manager. For a while I tried to fix this but have come to the conclusion that it is a hopeless cause. I am currently working on a plan to leave my current job and do something that I really want to do but for the moment I need the income.

  29. posted by Shalin on

    Such a fascinating topic…

    So…I guess if you’re the kind of person that enjoys and feels the *need* to be of service and otherwise useful – an immersed career is probably worth pursuing. If you’re more free-spirited, then a detached job is probably most fitting. Blanket statements, I know, but that seems to be the trend I see.

    I think the “skills mastery” path I’d like to enjoy is more of an immersive career. Personally, I don’t mind too much having my reputation tied to what I do for a living. Maybe it was my upbringing, but I have a penchant to ensure I’m being productive and of service to society.

    I do wonder if some folks would be wise to switch between the detached job and immersive career paths every 4-7 years…

    –S

  30. posted by jeff parnes on

    My wife signed me up for this service years ago due to my tendency to accumulate “clutter”, and I have occasionally commented in the past about what others consider clutter and I didn’t.

    But I think the definition of clutter you provided in this posting – frustrations, stress, and disappointment – would reverse the positions of my wife and me on clutter. I come out clutter free and she extremely cluttered.

    Now I don’t agree with you – frustrations, stress, and disappointment – are not clutter. As an example, although there are many definitions of stress, I think the one you are referring to centers on “difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension.” Many difficulties are beyond our control, others may be resolved by our actions. If I am stressed out because I have lost my job and may be running out of funds, that’s not clutter. That’s an appreciation of stark reality. I should be doing something about it, but the fact that one might be forced out of one’s home is a stress-inducing situation, not clutter.

    I could contest as well the concept of frustration or disappointment as clutter, but I won’t as it’d just make me more stressed out and I want to be clutter free (now the piles in my basement no longer bother me).

  31. posted by Natalie in West Oz on

    My physio asked me today how i can be such a bubbly person given my job. My answer was precisely this post – I do my job, I do it well and then I go home. I work as a Teachers Assistant to a child with pervasive autism. He is both frustrating and fun to be with but at the end of the day, his mum collects him and I go home to my own children, one with his own issues, and just get on with the life I left when I walked out the door in the morning. Working keeps me busy during the day and home keeps me busy for the rest of my time. I’d like to work part-time rather than full but for now, I’m happy enough and I think thats all I need.

  32. posted by Susan on

    I recently left my job to stay at home with my newborn son. After reading this post I could definitely see that I was detached from my job, in that I really had no ambition for advancement, but I did love my coworkers/work environment/perks of the job, so if I hadn’t had a baby I could have stayed on that track for quite a while. I was content to put in my 8 hours, get the paycheck, and then focus on enjoying my hobbies after work and on weekends.
    Now I am trying to think about what I would like to do next, after I have fulfilled my commitment to be a stay at home mom for the next couple of years. I’m not sure if I want to do get back into the 9 to 5 grind again and do something detached again, or take a leap and try to immerse myself in something I am more interested in. I worry that the things I love and am passionate about will begin to feel like drudgery if I do them for a paycheck, rather than as a hobby. There’s definitely a lot to think about…
    Thanks again for this great post.

  33. posted by Oh, the inhumanity on

    What a relief to discover there are other people like me–people who question what is shameful about considering one’s occupation as “just a job.”

  34. posted by Newlywed & Unemployed on

    I agree that a detached job is the job style for me. It’s a paycheck and I don’t need to be friends with everyone in order to earn a paycheck. I tried hard to maintain this approach at my last job, but it was hard to pull off when so many other people felt the opposite: that we needed to be best buds.

    The biggest risk for me was that I was new to the area and all my friends ended up being coworkers – and when I got fired, I lost my social circle. When I accepted my coworkers as friends, I gave them trust, but in the end, they couldn’t defend me because they, too, wanted their paychecks.

    Just like trying to turn your spouse into “all things” is dangerous, blending your work and personal life is also unbalanced. These people cannot be everything, nor should they be.

  35. posted by Christy on

    I work with computers at my job all day and on my days off people want me to fix their computers even though I don’t “Fix” computers. So your job titles and duties do follow you home even though I stay far away from my home computer on my days off. Twenty years from now I hope to retire, so I gave up years ago trying to find the career, I just work for the retirement money and try to have some fun in between.

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  38. posted by Steve on

    In choosing any career, for me, job satisfaction is all about finding a work/life balance. I spent a lot of time assessing what I wanted from my career and have now found a role that fulfills most of those criteria.

    I’ve done some horrible jobs in my time but I’ve always enjoyed them – no matter how menial! I always challenge myself and work to the best of my abilities in whatever I do.

    I’ve met a lot of miserable people who come to work, moan about work and then go home to moan about work. Life’s too short! Love what you do and if you don’t, find a way to or change jobs.

    I know a lot of people who are consumed by their jobs and careers…try to get them to come out for a meal or do something fun and the stock response is, ‘too busy, work to do’. I find that sad. Having spent all that time working, when you finally stop and look back, what have you actually achieved for yourself? More importantly, look at all the things you have missed.

    I once got stuck in a rut where my life was consumed with work. When the company shut down, everything that I felt I had achieved was essentially shut down and taken away at the same time. Now I have a life outside of work, friends, hobbies, activities. Work may change but it doesn’t take away my personal life.

    Yes we have to work to support ourselves but it’s so much more rewarding if you work to live rather than live to work. Either do what you enjoy or enjoy what you do.

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  40. posted by M on

    This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m in a career where I can either detach or immerse, and I’m at the crossroads right now! Everyone expects me to promote…it seems the natural next step. Right now I seem to be at a great level. I always do the best I can, I make enough to be comfortable, I never take work home, and I never dread going in to work. If I promote, I will make more money, which could help of course, but I will be commiting to a new group of responsibilities and possibly stress/headache type work. I have struggles in my personal life right now which seems to make me lean towards not promoting. Even though I could use the money, the “uncluttered” approach seems to free my mind to take care of what really matters!

  41. posted by Aran on

    I have a completely detached job which is somewhat related to my career aspirations. However, it will take me at least another two years to even qualify for a position from which I can make a start on my career. So until that happens, I will have this job and be detached. It is a very frustrating position to be in.

  42. posted by Beverly D on

    I think a lot depends on the kind of work you do. I am a Nurse Practitioner, and I think I am fairly immersed. I think about what I do most of the time, and since I take call, I do work quite a bit. If I’m not on call, I still read journals, emails, and talk to people about professional issues. Not the job per se, but issues going on that affect the profession. I am a leader in a group that is trying to change the laws in Florida that affect Nurse Practitioner practice, and this takes a good deal of time and energy. But it is my passion, so I don’t think of it as clutter. At the same time, I know when to step back and do things that are completely unrelated to work and my profession, so as to avoid burnout. I work in Hospice, and compassion fatigue can be a real issue. So I build in activities to keep mentally and emotionally healthy that also include maintaining relationships with my family. And yes, I would still do this if I won the lottery.

  43. posted by DJ on

    Right now I’m lucky to be in a position to work at a job that doesn’t consume my mind or emotions when I’m off the clock, and do so from home.

    I surely don’t miss the stress of feeling career pressure, nor do I miss commuting. I love having time to exercise or read and being able to shut down my computer at the end of a workday and not give the job another thought until it’s time to start again.

  44. posted by Sam on

    One of the “new” concepts important to employers is “employee engagement” rather than “employee satisfaction.” Corporate America wants employees who will go the extra mile, know their company, constantly look for ways to improve. The stable “heads down” worker is no longer valued. Shame we have to make that kind of choice — where “passion” wins over “loyalty.”

  45. posted by Sohbet on

    I will have this job and be detached. It is a very frustrating position to be in.

  46. posted by AM on

    A very good read indeed. I am currently struggling to place myself and in my own long term interest and those of my family, I must move my mind-set to having a detatched career.

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