The Way We were in the Isle – Part 167

Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM
Colin Ella. Picture: Liz Mockler E0856LM

In general I feel there is nowhere near the amount of job satisfaction in employment as was once the case.

For all our sophisticated approaches to social and industrial psychology and the many deep and prolonged studies into the sociology of the workplace we are seeing the employment scenario remaining unstable and insecure.

I recall as a boy hearing folk whistle or sing cheerfully as they set out for work each morning. They were largely very happy in their labours at the coal face, shop, factory, classroom, office or whatever.

Today many do indeed take their work seriously but for different reasons to that earlier workforce. It is not a case of ‘if a job’s worth doing it worth doing well’ but of wondering how long the job will last anyway.

In some ways we are even back to the Victorian master and man situation and it is unlikely that we shall see again the tremendous pride once exhibited in all kinds of work. There are now too many factors which constantly erode any chance of such a revival of dedication. The gaps in pay between top management and the menial base is nothing short of disgraceful and this alone harbours resentment and dissatisfaction.