“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)
What was one of the first things God did for man? He took man and put him in a place where he was supposed to work. This was not an act of slavery or a consequence of the fall. This was before sin and not a consequence of our fallen state.
God placed man in the perfect place so he could work. Here in this pure world that was uncorrupted and unspoiled by sin, God called man to work.
Work is not a curse; it is a gift of God.