We very often speak of the company’s responsibility towards the worker: remuneration, benefits, respect for private life, recognition of results, welfare, training, logistic help, attention to stress and the need for new stimuli. The managerial literature of recent years is in a sense a compendium of good deeds that the employer must carry out for the well-being of the worker. The employer as a good family man: protective, generous, empathetic. And how does the “child” behave? Which are the responsibilities of the worker towards the company and why are we never talked about?
Probably because we come from a century in which labor relations have been ideologized. Recalling the responsibility of the worker today would mean recalling duties and recalling duties would in some way evoke the subjection that the social battles of the twentieth century laboriously succeeded in eliminating.
However, it is good to remember from time to time that the worker’s responsibilities towards the employer exist.
It’s not just those coldly gutted in contracts. They are above all ethical responsibilities. Keeping it in mind helps us give a higher reading “than that” we do every day. And it helps us to find an intrinsic deeper motivation “in what” we do. It is not simply a question of fine words or theoretical principles. To be aware of the responsibilities that we carry towards those who pay us the salary we need to manage the continuous stomach ache of our daily working life. Professionalism is an analgesic, it is an antidote to “work sickness.
These responsibilities of the employee towards the company are reflected in the small heroisms of our working life. These are even banal gestures we have seen our grandparents and parents do and tell a wonderful work ethic, which is not dead, but which must simply find new forms, consistent with the evolution of society, of the new culture of work, mutual expectations, in short, times that change.