This article addresses the impact of the pandemic, lockdowns and remote work on the meaning we attribute to our lives and work. The unprecedented period of lockdown we have gone through has triggered numerous reflections, both at the collective and personal levels. The crisis highlighted flaws in our societal model and has led to contemplation on social inequalities, environmental risks and public health.
At an individual level, this period has compelled people to question their life and career choices. The crisis has led to a new phase of reflection, more closely related to a sense of the current work being inadequate. Some employees feel powerless in the face of the crisis and aspire to contribute more to the collective well-being.
The crisis has also challenged the hierarchy of professions by emphasizing the importance of certain hitherto underestimated roles. Essential jobs, such as healthcare workers, cashiers, garbage collectors and farmers have gained recognition and meaning in the eyes of society.
To rediscover meaning in work after the crisis, it is important to reinforce the characteristics that give it meaning, such as a sense of usefulness, interest in the activities performed, adherence to ethical and moral principles, satisfying human relationships, financial autonomy and a balance between professional and personal life.
In conclusion, the pandemic prompted profound reflections both collectively and individually. It has highlighted meaningful essential professions and led some individuals to reevaluate their current work. To find meaning after the crisis, one will need to adjust their activities and values to adapt to a changing environment.
La crise de la Covid-19 remet en question le sens que l’on donne à son travail. The conversation, 25 mai 2020.