Are you disengaged at work?

If you work forty hours a week, fifty weeks a year (with two weeks of for your skimpy “American” vacation), for forty years-you will have worked 80,000 or more hours.

Many of you reading this will average more than fifty hours a week and work well beyond fifty years-which puts you over 125,000 hours. Almost nothing in your life takes more of your time and energy than work.

And yet, in poll after poll, Gallup indicated that approximately 69 per cent of American workers are disengaged from their work (a percentage that includes the plain “disengaged” and the angry and resentful “actively disengaged”).

Globally, the number of workers unhappy at the place where they spend most of their lives is an astonishing 85 per cent. These workers do not go to work with a smile on their faces. Instead, they often talk about their work as “dreary and boring.”

And we aren’t just talking about people with mundane office jobs or blue-collar workers doing repetitive manual labour or fast-food workers doing the same at your local burger chain.

In many of their studies, they found it came from all walks of life, teachers, CEOs, coaches, dentists, doctors, farmers, bankers, barbers, private equity gurus, Liberians, army helicopter pilots, physical therapists, truckers, government bureaucrats and lawyers (actually, from lots of lawyers), and from men, women, young, middle-aged, old, single, married, divorced-you name it – people, all saying the same thing.

 

I don’t like my job!

Worker disengagement is a global issue, and it is even worse in other countries. For example, more than 93 per cent of Japanese workers report themselves in the disengaged category.

The Japanese even have a variety of special names for these extra miserable jobs: a shachiku worker translates to “corporate livestock” or “corporate slave worker,” and Kaisha no inu translates as “dog of company.” There’s even a word, karoshi which can be translated as “death by overwork,” and there have been numerous high-profile suicides by workers who could no longer tolerate their long hours and harsh working conditions.

So count your blessing; it could be much worse. I mean, who wants to feel like corporate livestock?

The reasons people are not happy at work are many:

  • It’s my job; it’s so boring…
  • It’s my boss; he’s such a micromanager…
  • It’s my boss; she’s such a pain in the…
  • It’s my company; I never get feedback, recognition, or encouragement…
  • It’s my career; I think I picked the wrong one…
  • Insert yours here: ……………………………………………………………….

*Excerpt courtesy Bill Burnett & Dave Evans “Designing your work Life.”

man on a train station

Ticket to ride

Dave leaves for home on the 5.45 p.m.from Paddington. He has two kids in primary school. Has a mortgage and bills to pay. On the train ride home, as he leans his head against the glass window, watching the world pass him by, the lyrics to a Talking Heads song, “Once in a lifetime”, play over and over in his mind.

And you may ask yourself, well

How did I get here?

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was… 

Doing work you love that’s infused with purpose and meaning impacts every area of your life – who you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have.

So what does your future hold for you? Where do you want to be in 5,10 years from now?

Goals setting exercise

The first stage of the process is to gather. Write down and come up with as many different answers that you want to be, everything you want to do and everything you want to have. 

It would be best if you didn’t spend too much time pondering each question. I want you to connect with your unconscious and let your imagination run wild; that’s where the juice lies just keep writing until you can’t write anymore. Because you may not even know at present what you would love to do, so just write whatever comes into your head:

Take a piece or pieces of an A4 sheet of paper and write three columns just like the example here on the left.

 “If I could reinvent my life to do the work I love”:

  • I would be:……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  • I would be doing:…………………………………………………………………………………………….
  • I would need it to have (connection, meaning, purpose etc.):…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Once you have your long lists of your be, do and have’s you need to narrow them down to find out what ones are most important to you and are in alignment with your values and beliefs (behind every goal there is a value and a belief driving it).

This is where I can help. I am a qualified and experienced coach with the skills and knowledge to help you change your perspective and bust the myths that may have held you back. I will inspire you, motivate you, and support you so that you create a life you love.

My offer for you

If you’re considering working with me or want to find out more about reinvention coaching and how it could help you, have a chat with me. A 30-minute call to answer your questions. Are you ready to be inspired to take action? 07421 100646

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