1. Have the courage to do a good job everyday despite all obstacles.
2. Be truthful in all situations within the workplace enviroment.
3. Honor and praise fellow workers.
4. Keep your fidelity in all one's obligations and vows.
5. Have the discipline to do the job right the first time, and every time.
6. Always be hospitable to those who are new and unfamiliar with their jobs.
7. Be self reliant. Do not ask others for help if the job is yours alone.
8. Be industrious in finding new and better ways to do your job.
9. Persevere, never give up until the job is done, and done right.
I have been in the work force for 35 years now and have been at my current job for 33 years, and I have noticed a slow deterioration in the work ethics of my fellow workers. As a supervisor, I have watched my employees show less and less pride in their work, and many seem to have an attitude of indifference about anything and everything that does not pertain directly to them personally. In a time when jobs are hard to find, all they do is complain about money, and the hours they get, while at the same time they waste their companies time on their cell phones, and worrying about when their next break is, instead of concentrating on the job at hand.
This isn't how our ancestors approached their jobs, and it isn't the way I was brought up by my parents. My father was in the military, and was very strict. He had a , " just get it done ", attitude, that has carried over to me. He also taught me to work with others, and teach them the lessons I have learned through my work experience, to make my co - workers better employees. This is a tough thing to do in an age when everyone is preoccupied with something else, and do not pay attention.
I really do not understand these youths who have no pride in what they do, or how they do it. They do not seem to care if the job is sub par even though it is a direct reflection on themselves. And once pride is lost, so to is honor ! One reason I believe this is happening is that most of the employees I speak with have no religion to speak of, therefore they have no religious morality to reinforce their will. They don't believe in Gods, ( God ), and so do not seek moral guidance from a higher authority. This makes them of course the highest authority, and they feel they don't have to listen, and that they know better.
As a member of the Asatru religion, and a Godi and Kennari of The Temple of the Triad, and writer for A Follower of the Old Ways , I am constantly seeking moral and ethical guidance from our Gods and Goddesses. I try my very best never to dishonor my Gods, or my ancestors, by my actions inside, or outside, of the workplace. They are the the light that guides me in my life ! Here in Midgard I also follow our moral code known as the 9 noble virtues. I use them to guide me along a path that is acceptable to my Gods, and ancestors, and leads me to be the best person I can be. Without moral guidance there is only chaos. Just look at the headlines and you will see what a world without moral guidance looks like. Unfortunately that is the world we live in today !
So on this Labor Day let us reaffirm our pledge to be the best that we can be. Let us make our Gods and Goddesses proud of us by doing what is right and proper. Remember we are always being watched, and judged, by our Gods and Goddesses, and our ancestors. But remember most of all that we are Asatru, and should live to a higher standard than those of other religions. We can be better, we should be better, we have to be better, for our Gods and Goddesses, our ancestors, ourselves, and our nation.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !