Wow. That title ought to make the search engines happy.
Are You and Your Company Thinking About These Things?
1." Nine to Five" workdays are obsolete
2. Productivity cycles don't run in 8 hour increments
3. New communication tools mean you don't have to "be there"
4. Satisfaction is the new Success
I'm not trying to "rub it in," because every day isn't like this. Some days bring too much driving/flying and too many meetings. But none involve a 9 to 5 work life.
Lee Smith at Talking Internal Communication cites a survey in the U.K. by Norwich Life that says forty-somethings are leaving the workplace to seek fulfillment .
Here's a snapshot of the findings:
- Two thirds (66%) told researchers for Norwich Union they are "unfulfilled", "miserable" or "drifting" in their jobs, and over half (52%) claim they'd happily earn less money in a role that made them feel better about themselves.
- In a new UK career trend being labelled "Zenployment", almost half (47%) say they aim to be in a second career that offers fulfillment and the chance to make a difference by the age of 45.
- William Nelson, of trend analysts the Future Foundation, said: "This research is further evidence that we're entering a new era, with a society that is less selfish and increasingly focussed on personal fulfilment.
- "In fact, rising affluence and high employment levels mean most of us now feel pretty secure in providing for our basic needs, especially once we are established in careers and the housing market.
I have more than a few thoughts on this and I'm sure you do, too.
A significant number of people are no longer equating money with success (and, therefore, self worth).
People want to make a difference ( I am assuming they want to make a difference in the lives of others).
The question marks for me are:
- If affluence and high employment are the reasons for people being relaxed enough to think in these terms, what will happen if their sense of financial security diminishes?
- Is there something equally noble that comes from work that is not always fulfilling but that contributes to a company who can grow and employee others whose basic needs aren't yet being met?
- Is this all really tied to an outdated model of how organizations orchestrate work life?
What happens when you think about zenployment, fulfillment, and how work is organized?
Tomorrow we'll look at the 9 to 5 workday and where that might (or might not) be headed.
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