'Aucun bilan / rapport sur les plaisirs du travail ne peut convenir s'il ne se concentre que sur les plaisirs que la tâche elle-même procure.'
(the idea is that there can be no report / account made on the pleasures of work if the pleasures are all linked to how agreeable the task may be, the pleasures of work can be found elsewhere, in the decorum maybe or the friendliness of the staff...)
Those who praise work have always emphasised that it takes one's mind off other things and offers the best antidote for sorrow. One can only speculate about the pschological roots of this long-persisting fear of being alone with oneself. No account of the pleasures of work is adequate if it focuses only on the satisfactions afforded by the task itself. As often as not, the attraction lies not in the job but in the human relations involved.