Output > Overhead

My wildly simple, but I think largely accurate way to gauge job satisfaction is to look at the overhead to output ratio. If you’re spending most of your day in meetings about work, doing admin tasks, being lectured about DEI, or whatever nonsense is currently in vogue, your job is going to be miserable.

On the other hand, if output far outweighs the overhead, your job is a keeper. You’re likely doing deep work, neat projects, and being left alone.

And I don’t think this is something businesses will ever push or advertise. A lot of David Graeber’s work focuses on how humans prefer to proliferate useless jobs as a sort of status symbol and are powerless to cut through bureaucracy.