Work is accomplished when force is applied to an object: W = Fd where F is force in newtons (N) and d is distance in meters (m). Thus, the more force that must be applied to move an object, the more work is done and the farther an object is moved by exerting force, the more work is done.
Lisa lifts a 25 pound box from the floor onto a loading dock 4 ft. off the ground. Sam slides the same box along a ramp to move it up another 4 ft. onto a flatbed truck. Who has done more work?
Lisa 

They have done an equal amount of work 

Neither have done any work 

Sam 