Work has many aspects and it influences our lives in various ways. While many thinkers
discussed the features and impacts of work, James Rinehart is one of the most important. In this
essay, I will examine work from Rinehart’s point of view.
According to Reinhart, work is characteristic to humans. Work is necessary for humans as it
gives personal rewards and external rewards. Work can be Challenging, meaningful and bring
self-fulfillment. Work influences the standard of living, life experience and opportunities. Work
can bring prestige as people with high positions tend to be more appreciated in society. Being
occupied is very important and unemployment brings disorientation and despair. Work
influences people’s state of mind, it dictates how the leisure time is spent and is a thing that
people spend much of their times on. When a large amount of people is affected by same social
condition, it is labelled a social problem; therefore, Reinhart sees work as a social problem.
A main problem in work is that it causes alienation, which, according to Reinhart, has four
aspects. The first aspect is the isolation from the product, as workers do not determine the
purpose and/or the quality of the product. The second aspect is the alienation from the process of
work, as a worker does not determine the organization and the machinery in the process. The
third is the isolation from self as work is not done for ones enjoyment or fulfilment; it is rather a