Take This Job And Shove It: A Conversation with Shundrawn A. Thomas  


By Andy Hale 

Do you like your job?

Okay, now that you know this is a safe space to answer, let’s try that again. Do you really like your job?

If you don’t, then you are not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 44% of Americans think their job is “mediocre” to “completely dissatisfied.”

But it could be worse. That’s up nearly 1% from the year before!

Why do so many people not like their job? Are that many bosses awful? Is work that dull and insignificant? Is this related to poor wages and the fact that many people work multiple jobs to make ends meet?

Do that many people resonate with Johnny Paycheck as he so gloriously sang, “Take This Job And Shove It”?

“Work is not simply about fulfilling duties or earning income. We have been conditioned to expect and even seek external incentives to do great work. There is, however, immense intrinsic value derived from work performed well,” said Shundrawn A. Thomas on the CBF Podcast.

We sat down with the author of Discover Joy in Work: Transforming Your Occupation into Your Vocation to discuss working with a purpose and overcoming dissatisfaction. Shundrawn is also the president of Northern Trust Asset Management, a trillion-dollar global investment management business.

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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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