Work: why so much suffering

Do women suffer more than men?

Women have to deal with the sexual dimension of work, that is, the gendered distribution of trades. The world of work is neutral male: all occupations that women occupy were occupied before by men. But the heaviest tribute is paid by men. They are the ones who occupy the risky trades. Culturally, women care for the well-being of the body, health. As a result, they speak and will consult more. Nevertheless, knowing that 80% of women work, I regret the sexism that settles again: how many women do not find their position returning from a maternity leave! And how many must wear a panoply of warrior to progress! While work is emancipation, this gendered and sexist perception is regrettable.

How do you balance between the legitimate business requirement of your boss and the suffering caused by an abuse of power?

Alone, it's complicated. It is necessary to go and see the clinicians of the work which will help the employee to make the part between his personal ill-being and the pressure of the system which he undergoes. By making a very detailed and detailed account of the work, they will be able to reconstruct together the stages of the deterioration of working conditions. For example, the arrival of this new software before which he found himself alone, without training. Or the departure of this colleague who left him without support.

The objective is to make the employee understand that he is the object of a system and that, most often, it is not his fault that he has defended his values. After, it is the action of the occupational doctor to find another position, negotiate the departure or a dismissal in good conditions. The important thing is not to be alone, not to be broken. Otherwise, we can not take long.

If the work is suffering, is it really essential?

It remains indispensable. It's a great tool for personal and social construction. And it is a tragedy that is damaged as much with all these punitive methods, this lack of recognition ... My book is a song of love for work. Besides, all these people are just waiting to do it. But this requires an agreement with the task performed. It's not just about working more, but about working well. And to put meaning in the gesture work: but what is the sense in screwing 27 caps per minute? Or to do the same administrative work all the time? Especially since the pleasure that one can derive from one's work supposes the balance between the constraint and the margin of maneuver left to the inventive exercise of the body and the imagination.


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