The steps you need to take now to hand in work you are proud of
A job is also a source of pride
Wouldn't restoring a sense of pride be the best antidote against a form of defeatism or depression that tends to become widespread, especially in different workplaces? Pride doesn't always get very good press. As if it should simply encourage the remarkable learning of childhood. As if, from a certain age, there was nothing to be proud of for your successes and the trials you have been through. Yet it is not vanity or pride. But a joy linked to the recognition of your value or the value of your action, your project and your company.
In a gloomy or austere environment, it is important to remember that work can be a legitimate source of pride. Because nothing is completely lost if there is one thing left to be proud of. You don't have to get noticed to be proud. We can be proud of a job done in the shadows and discretion. There is a real pride in achieving something, overcoming difficulties or fears, without anyone knowing it, even if social recognition reinforces a sense of pride.
The quantitative value of work and income as the main goal of the society, and, with the rise in unemployment and the stagnation of incomes seem to have quickly disqualified this poor attempt to rehabilitate work; sometimes to the point of weakening any discourse on work other than the very legitimate success of the themes of suffering or complaint when working conditions brutally deteriorate. This situation of great economic and social precariousness should, however, put questions about the value and meaning of work back at the forefront, because the real motivation to work cannot be reduced to quantitative data on performance and resources.
Even if it means earning less, many workers are now anxious to preserve or recover a positive value of work: the pride that a job well is done can bring, satisfaction closer to craftsmanship than a production logic focused exclusively on output. Suffering at work is sometimes linked to tragic situations that strain the ability to adapt to periods of recession or change in the very nature of a profession. But most often it is the feeling of not being able to do one's job well or to carry out the task entrusted to us when sometimes it would take only a little in management or in cooperation with others so that "it works". The results to be achieved are increasingly defined from above, standardized and monitored, which leads people in the field to feel that they cannot do their job properly.Pride in a well done job is more than self-satisfaction. It concerns also the interaction with others, the possibility to carry a project as a mobilizing power to do the best. Involvement in your work cannot be controlled but it can make new impetus through a change in the discourse on work that emphasizes on the need of better work, individually and collectively