Work Has Never Loved You: It Never Will

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readMar 9, 2022

Why the great resignation is the best thing to happen to humanity and Joe Biden was wrong to call for people to go back to the office

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If there ever was any such thing as a model employee, it was me.

During my time as Chief Operating Officer of the property arm of a conglomerate, I would wake up at 3 in the morning to work our for 90 minutes and then get ready for work.

I usually got to my desk for 530am to commence work, often subsisting on coffee till midday, stopping for lunch and getting back to umpteen meetings and various deadlines till it’s time to go home, which is usually somewhere around 8 or 9 at night.

Weekends weren’t out of the question either.

Work consumed me more than anything else in my life and as I wrote in one of my previous articles, my self-esteem was inextricably linked to the status that I had from my employment. In my view, I was uber passionate about making a difference and I was a bit successful.

That was of course, until the 17th of February 2020, when I got my marching orders from my erstwhile employers in the most ignominious way imaginable.

My dismissal was mitigated by the fact that a once-in- a-lifetime event took place only a month later, when the entire world completely ground to a halt.

During this time, millions of lives were lost, millions of jobs were lost and millions of people were forced to work from home. The time spent away from the office compelled people to evaluate what really mattered in their lives.

As days turned into weeks and weeks into months,and months began to turn to years, the notion that the world of work was the be-all and end-all was seriously being questioned.

And when the time came for people to return to their cubicles in their depressing work spaces, the realization hit millions of people like a ton of bricks at the same time: we don’t need this. We can do much better.

And in the twinkling of an eye, the great pandemic gave way to the great resignation.

To those who made it this far, you may be wondering why on earth am I wasting my precious time writing an article that has been published well over a billion times…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible