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The psychology of work: Changes in the 21st century

This paper will review the nature of work and look at this topic as an important part of the psychology of humans and how work has changed over the centuries and millennia and what it looks like today. By work we mean, “A purposeful activity that is intended to facilitate survival, comfort, protection of the society, and self-fulfillment.” In addition to examining the history and evolution of work, this paper examines the functional nature of work and how that has changed and evolved as well. In addition, the motivational basis of work will be examined and the various reasons why people work will also be explored as well. One of the principal foci of this paper will be a thorough examination of how work is changing in the 21st century and looking at how globalization and technology have changed the world of work and the psychological importance of work today.