What’s the point of your job?

If you spend your days in wasteful meetings, or send emails that create yet more worthless emails in an endless loop, you’ve likely asked yourself that very question.

People from all walks of life have pondered the meaning of work—and some cultures have come up with some creative ways to define tasks that have little substance or social value.

So if you think you’re merely paid to look busy, you’re not alone. In fact, there are three categories of pointless jobs. Is yours one of them?

Narration by Sha Hua, drawings by Patricia Ferguson and animation by Pierangelo Pirak.

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