Currently I'm working with a group of workers who have been subject to a restructure by their employer. The employer is offering a series of workshops to assist them to get their resumes in order, reflect on their career plan and prepare for interview.
The typical profile of these people is that they have been with the one organisation long term - anywhere from twelve to thirty years; sometimes in the one role or part of the business. People attending the workshops are experiencing a variety of emotions - some are angry, others feel betrayed, but most are quietly nervous and fearful. They know they need to dust off their CV but don't really know how to do it. They've been in the one place for so long they can't imagine themselves anywhere else.
The amazing thing is that as participants go beyond thinking about their skills and think about what they really value in life, there have been some big breakthroughs. Chins start to wobble, lips thin and eyes start to fill with tears as realisations about how they don't really fit the place they've been in for the last decade or two.
I didn't know how much I was suppressing part of myself while I worked for one organisation. I was exercising one part of myself, but the other part lay dormant and actually had to be put away every day. I'd put the armour on to the enter daily combat. I didn't know it at the time; it was only after I left that I gained this perspective. Friends told me that I was nicer to be around and it was great to see me be more like myself more of the time.
I find this experience is profound for me as well as I listen to them describe how they have to suppress their natural inclinations five days a week in order to fulfill the requirements of the job. Worse, at the beginning of the workshops they tell me that they're wanting to apply for one of the new roles in the new structure. By the end of the workshops they have the skills to do that but they're feeling uneasy because they know they should look outside. I wonder whether they will? Will they hold their resolve to be happy at work or will they succumb to the economic realities of a well-paying position and fight to hang on to something they don't really want?
I hope they hang on to their resolve, but I know that most won't and it will take the universe giving them a kick up the backside to make them act in their own true interests. There is pain ahead, but at least they're equipped.
Are you in the right job? What do you truly value? Are your values and the values of the organisation for which you work aligned? If they're not, what do you need to do?