Given the scientifically proven benefits of working from home – for both the employer and the employee, it’s a mystery why more employers are not catching up to the idea.
The modern workplace is rife with functional stupidity. In this CBC Spark episode, Nora Young explores why stupidity gets rewarded at work. Listen to her speak to André Spicer who explains why “Smart people doing stupid things.”
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Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
People spend about 50% of their waking hours each day at work (based on 8 hr/day work schedule and 8 hr/day sleep). That’s half of your waking hours each day, during the week. How do you chose to spend that time? Are your interests closely matched with your skills in your current career? In this case, I congratulate you on achieving the ultimate career goal and would appreciate your comments on how you’ve come to this below.
It is important to find the right job for you. For most of us, the reality is that we have to work… hard… for a long time. If you’re spending almost half of your waking (weekday) life on doing something you’d rather not do, you’re wasting a large part of your life. Wouldn’t it make sense to find a career that you are passionate about? I predict the answer to that is ‘yes’. Know that it is possible and within your reach.
Before you can begin to focus on a path to a life and career you love, you need to know where you are. You need to take stock of where you are at this point of time before you can make any decisions on the next steps for your life and career.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.” – Carl Jung.
Your unique skills, knowledge and personal traits (or characteristics) usually define the types of work which you are best suited for. Then there are your interests – the subjects or activities you find stimulating and are most likely to be motivated to do. Sometimes the type of work that you do doesn’t line up with your interests. And this causes dissatisfaction.
Where do you start?
Begin by taking inventory of your interests. What do you like to do during your time off? This list will go a long way in helping you determine your interests. Keep a journal with you at all times and write down things that you love doing in real-time.
Better yet, contact us for a free 30-minute consultation where we can help you figure it out.