There’s a bit of Corporate restructuring going on in my world currently.
This means that some roles are being made redundant, giving some people little or no option for redeployment.
Reactions are varied – some people are choosing whether they wish to reapply for a role that is different enough, but sort of similar, to that which they had before. Only now they will be competing with colleagues, and often friends, for those fewer, different roles.
Some are contemplating taking early retirement. Some are waiting to see what new and interesting opportunities will emerge once things settle down. Some are signed up to every recruitment company in town and beyond. Some are feeling guilty because their roles are ‘safe’. Some are concerned about the hit that the culture of their organisation is taking and wonder whether they will feel inspired to stay and strive there.
Even the most optimistic of those leaving are wondering how long it will take them to step into whatever comes next and the impact of that waiting period on the lives and lifestyles of themselves and their loved ones.
It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, the truth is that everyone impacted by organisational change will, at some point in their career, need to evaluate the relative value of their skills, knowledge, experience and attitude.
I have the privilege of supporting a number of Ripenists through these rather challenging, interesting times.
What has pleasantly surprised me about this smart, self-aware bunch is that, apart from a very few who describe themselves as ‘dyed-in-the-wool technical experts’, even in these circumstances (or perhaps because of them) they are determined to consider a variety of options which are more aligned with what matters to them at this stage of their lives.
While none is financially secure enough to forgo paid work completely, no one seems to be driven to earn a substantial salary just to support living a high life.
Much more importantly, they want to take charge of what happens next in their lives and very deliberately choose how they show up for whatever that ‘next’ is.
I’ve noticed that the very contemplation of having some time to pursue other interests, learn new skills, volunteer, prioritise wellbeing, rekindle friendships, start a business, do meaningful stuff – to name just a few of their possibilities – generates smiles, sparkling eyes, a resurgence of energy and a strong sense of purpose.
And when that comes from within, no organisational change can take it away from you.
What gives you a sense of purpose?
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