If only you had come to me sooner, for no other reason that to save the pain and frustration you’ve experienced for the last six months and for some a year or longer.
My heart goes out to those who find themselves unappreciated, under-utilized and in some cases down-right abused during work. Others tell me of experiences of no structure, no support and no opportunity to grow. It’s these folks who turn into my career transition clients. They have become disenfranchised with their corporate experiences and are desperate for a congenial environment that enables their growth and ability to make a real difference in the world.
Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum of disenfranchisement with corporate realities, realize you are not alone! Recent data indicates nearly 80%, at 77.8% of employees are either disengaged or actively disengaged, the latter equating to 17% (almost 1 out of every 5 employees) of the total, who are actively disengaged. Did you know, active disengagement is personified by literal sabotage in the work environment?
Knowing that you’re not alone may be little comfort at this point. But please don’t lose hope!
While immersed in a toxic environment it may seem like you are trapped and may even start believing, “you’re not good enough”. To this I like to share a favorite quote of mine, by Albert Einstein, (and we all know he was pretty bright!;) “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
A bad job fit is a bad job fit. We can not change others. And we must avoid the self-sabotage of telling ourselves, “if I was good enough, I could make it work”. Somethings are out of our control.
The good news is becoming aware of these thoughts and feelings and focusing on the solution will give you the clarity, energy and confidence to take action!
Once you begin to take action, you will feel an immediate sense of relief, knowing YOU are not waiting for things to get better at work, YOU are taking proactive steps to design the kind of life you want to lead.
Your first step is to assess how you feel right now about your work and the environment, where you are in your career and where you want to go.
Next, reach out to others and talk about your interests to gain perspective on availability of opportunities and projected job growth.
After this, you may want to think about reaching out to a recognized HR Consultant and Resume Writer to discuss career marketing and how to best target your experiences to your next career objective.
Finally, once you have established a new professional resume and populated a revised LinkedIn Profile, it’s time to reach out to your network and begin your job search.
Remember, you are not alone and there are many who want to see you reach your highest capabilities. Seek out these resources and helpers. The true “givers” want to help you as much as you want help!
By Ryan McShane
Ryan is the VP/COO for Marc3 Leadership Solutions, a Human Resource Consultancy supporting individuals and groups in career transition, as well as, employers with HR Consultation,Leadership Development, Assessments and Benchmarking.
As a Human Resource Professional for 20 plus years, Ryan has served the Private, Public and Non-profit Sectors, as well as start-ups and community organizations.
Contact Ryan for Outplacement, Individual Career Support, Leadership Assessments, Couseling, Coaching and Workshops. [email protected]