I have never understood people that put a half-hearted effort into their work. Over the years I developed an aversion to people who would use “I’m not getting paid enough” as an excuse for mediocre effort and outcome. I could never understand the mindset.
I have always seen the work I do as investing in myself, not for someone else. I developed a philosophy that I think would help people who think they are being shortchanged of their “value” when they feel like they’re being underpaid. Work today like you want to be paid at your next job. That mindset means you’ll constantly maximize your utility, invest in your own knowledge, and build your value. If your current employer doesn’t recognize it, your next one surely will.