At the beginning of the pandemic, those of us still employed felt the “I'm lucky to have a job” pressure. Employers were and continue to ask more and more from staff members, often giving minimal recognition or appreciation. Pushed to an edge, many employees sought new jobs, or left positions to reconfigure their lives. As a result, short-staffed employers are desperate to hire and find good people. Here we are managing a delicate dynamic where workers feel pressure to do more, but also feel the pull of potentially greener pastures.
In this time of turbulence, it’s impossible to ignore those feelings of just how much you dislike a job, how badly you may be treated, and what you wish you could do more and less of. You can either ignore these feelings and add to your resentment, or you can come up with a plan to nudge you in the direction you want to go. This isn’t just pivoting, but reimagining.
My clients are focusing on how to reimagine their careers. I worked with a client to develop and pitch a proposal for full-time telework so she could relocate to another place thousands of miles away from her headquarters. (She was successful!) I worked with someone who was sick of the turbulence in her job and needed a strategy to bring calm into her life and a plan for the future. She identified what was frustrating her in her job and we strategized how to approach each pressure point. I’ve worked with an organization that wanted to streamline communication and enhance training to lessen drama and show employees how much their contributions are valued. These are just a few examples of how to align your values with your workplace.
We can’t turn back time and undo this nightmare. But I’m urging you to reflect upon this experience and use it to identify what you want -- really want -- from your professional life. Then work on a strategy to better align your work life with your values and what is most important to you. Need help getting started? Just let me know.