The value of unseen work

Most of our acclaim is given to the results of visible work. But what’s visible is rarely the full story.

Unseen work keeps the show on the road: small sacrifices, no-big-deal solutions to emerging problems and wise interventions that prevent disaster.

Every organisation, business and family unit depends on unseen work for survival.

We often talk about privilege in our modern society as it applies to background or identity. And that’s typically in the context of underappreciation. Succeeding on the back of unseen work of others is also a form of privilege.

It’s useful to spend more time noticing, and acknowledging, the unseen work that’s all around you. Acknowledging that work will allow others to feel more included and that will build a healthier, and more productive, dynamic all round.

Thank you for doing the work we rarely see.


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