What if you’re doing meaningful work in the midst of a nasty, dysfunctional workplace? In other words, the work is good, maybe even great, but the work environment is unpleasant or even toxic. And what if, for assorted reasons, it isn’t that easy to find a comparable opportunity?
My friend and colleague Ya’ir Ronen — a social scientist and human rights lawyer at Ben-Gurion University in Israel — got me thinking about this during one of many enriching, impromptu conversations I had during the annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) in New York City last week.
The theme of this year’s workshop was “Work that Dignifies the Lives of All People,” and our sidebar chat resonated with both of us. In fact, I’ve written about the challenges of “getting to tolerance,” the dilemma of “should I stay or should…
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