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See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com World U.S. New York Business Markets Tech Personal Finance Life & Culture Opinion Careers Real Estate Small Business FEBRUARY 19, 2008 By JARED SANDBERG A Modern Conundrum: When Work's Invisible, So Are Its Satisfactions Discuss Unlike the manual labor of prior times, desk jobbers today can't look at their work and admire it as easily as, say, an ironworker can. So it raises the question: From what in your work do you derive a sense of accomplishment? Do you know it when you see it, or are you dependent on the response of those around you? Please share your thoughts. When David Fahl worked for an energy reseller, which bought and sold energy from generating companies, he noticed that getting things done right wasn't always as high a priority as making deadlines, meeting deliveries or being on budget. "You can get all those things done without doing any good work," he says. It wore on him and didn't give him a sense of accomplishment. "Not even the marketing people could come up with a plausible explanation for why the company existed," he says. In the information age, so much is worked on in a day at the office but so little gets done. In the past, people could see the fruits of their labor immediately: a chair made or a ball bearing produced. But it can be hard to find gratification from work that
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