Work transfers energy from one place to another, or one form to another.
Besides, physical work is always done by some force.
I cannot think up an example when some force transfers energy from one place to another (without converting energy from one form to another).
"Transfers energy from one place to another" - means energy is not changed, but just transferred (in space). I cannot imagine when work is done and there is no energy change of some kind. I thought that work is always about changing energy.
P.S. When I drag something on a rope - it is electrical energy (reaction force) to kinetic (accelerating dragged particle).
Work - is a very fundamental thing not to have a clear understanding of its deep physical essence!