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What is a job worth to you?

 

posted by Focused on November 25, 2009 @ 12:28 pm in SOCIETY

 

                        “He got a good job”, “She got a top job”. People make such statements all the time. What does having a “good job” mean? Given the vagueness of the term “good job”, one can interpret it in various ways. What does it mean to you? Is a “good “ job a well-paying job? Is a “good” job one that receives the admiration of our conventional society? Is a “good” job one that is glamorous? It seems that a large segment of society has accepted an unwritten hierarchy with regards to the level of respect they give to certain jobs and professions. As far as I am concerned, it is in everybody’s interest to respect all jobs. Respecting all jobs is beneficial for the following reasons.

 

People provide a better service

                      Employees are more likely to provide a better service when they feel that management respects their job. In the context of a store, a manager who realizes the importance of the cashier’s job is not only a successful manager but a smart manager as well. Cashiers who feel that their job is respected (i.e doing something worthwhile) are more likely to be pleasant when dealing with customers. Have you ever had the experience of dealing with a sulking cashier or store clerk? One should note that this is a two-way street for everybody. The cashiers have to respect their jobs too, so do the customers. But let’s remember that at the end of the day, good customer service leads to returning customers. Returning customers mean more business.

 

Makes people more productive

                  When a person respects a job, he or she is more likely to be more productive. The same person will take pride in his or her work, regardless of whether the job is temporary or not. This type of awareness is vital for the community at large. When people respect all jobs and are more productive, the result is a solid business. The multiplication of solid businesses leads to a stronger economy. A stronger economy means a higher chance of having members of the community benefit from the fruit of that economy.

 

Allows widespread professionalization to takes place

            The professionalization of all jobs is vital for everyone. Professionalizing a job brings an added level of organization into the picture. It also contributes to setting a high standard with regards to that particular job.  It protects provides protection for workers (maternity leave, sick leave etc) and revenue for government in the form of taxes. It’s a win-win situation. Professionalization cannot take place without an egalitarian attitude towards all jobs.

 

Reduces market saturation

            In many countries, the unwritten job hierarchy has led to the congestion of many professional avenues. For example, if one adopts society’s conventional thinking, being a lawyer or a banker is considered to be more ‘respectable’ than being a bricklayer. Why is this? The aforementioned jobs are equally important to our society. They all require dedication and professionalism in order to be done properly. A consequence of this prejudice towards some professions is that countless amounts of people rush to study the same things. As a result, countries around the world have a surplus of law and business administration graduates for the simple reason that people aspired to go into those fields with the hope of gaining social validation. So what happens when supply dramatically exceeds demand?

            Those who cannot find a job in their field of study either wait until an opportunity arises (could last a very long time) or get a job that they had not considered doing when they were preparing themselves for the working world. That job can turn out to be a lot less glamorous. This is when the notion of respecting all jobs is critical. If one respects all jobs, he or she will not see an unplanned career shift as drop in one’s personal respectability. Seeing all jobs as respectable provides one with a priceless power to adapt to any professional circumstance and get on with life.

 

            Respecting all jobs opens many doors for a society’s socio-economic balance. It allows a more natural job selection to take place. In such a context, individuals seek professional outlets that they genuinely want. We are born with diverse personalities. We are each perfectly suited for a particular job. In other words, we all have a professional calling. We shouldn’t let unfounded conventions prevent us from seeing the value and beauty in all types of jobs. No man-made hierarchy deserves to undermine the value one places on any form of work. Why should one miss one’s professional calling?

 

 

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