Life in history has once again challenged us in ways we could not have anticipated. It forced decisions we never thought we would have to make, brought moments of fear and relief and definitely rearranged us as people. It revealed our unknown strengths – and cracks in that. Undoubtedly, we will move to the other side as human beings who have changed. These changes may prove to be subtle or drastic, in nuances or obvious, both for improvement and to our detriment. (The changes are endless and rich, reflecting the collective of being human.)
I can not help but wonder: do we have to stop and reorganize before we dive back in at full speed? They answer he absolutely does.
In the end, a slow-moving debate over how we work has taken place over the past 20 months – and has affected individuals, teams and organizations. Another shift is expected to occur, not unlike the profound changes in thought and action that occurred after the 2008 economic crisis.
Things are changing (and have already changed) that affect how many of us work. But following the incoming shifts, we should try to keep our heads clean and level.
- Personal differences will still be important. Always shifts at work and in workplaces, often manifested as a wildly sliding pendulum, replete with over-correction. For example, discussions about hybrid work (a conversation that was indeed long overdue) will roll in the direction of less time in the office, and may override the individual needs of donors. This can eventually lead to similar problems (maladaptation, etc.) that may have existed before the epidemic. Remember to never forget what you need to feel involved and excel. Respect this among your co-workers and staff.
- Take a good look at the meaning. I always felt that the meaning of working life was presented as something quite clear, that somehow “bubbled” spontaneously from within. In a sense, it leaves the concept as something esoteric and in many cases, unattainable. How can there be meaning if we do not perform the concept for ourselves? Take the time to ask yourself what your work brings to the world – and why it has value for you. Encourage it within your team, to stop the flow of Resignations and turnover Which has already begun.
- Recognize that the job may not feel the same. I personally can attest to more than one twist point over the last 20 months or so. The parts of my work life that I never thought would become attractive, became more and more. Similarly, some of the passages that always nourished me, lost their luster. We can not underestimate how our experiences have changed us. I’m also sure we should consider them carefully.
Inventory: 5 questions
Try this exercise from Core Stability Sessions.
Ask yourself the following.
- When was the last time you remember really enjoying work?
- What did you do?
- Does this represent a change for you?
- Does this work have meaning for you too?
- Does this element play (or can play) a strong role in your current work life?
Knowing yourself, is often the key to an engaged work life. Remember to invest in yourself by leaving room for thought and observation.
Have you done that yet? What did you conclude?
Dr. Marla Gotschalk is an industrial / organizational psychologist and spokesperson on the dynamic nature of work life. The LinkedIn Influencer Program charter company, its practice helps people, teams and organizations build stronger foundations for work life through the practice of core stability. Her thoughts on work life have also appeared In the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, BBC Work Life, Quartz and the Huffington Post.