Are you unhappy with your job? Does your supervisor or manager have it out for you? Do you find your co-workers annoying? What about your salary? Just getting by? Over 40 million Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs; 76% are emotionally disengaged in their work. This dissatisfaction and disengagement is not limited to America. All over the world, people are becoming more dissatisfied with their jobs. Can a change in perspective transform the workplace? Can a shift in beliefs about the workplace affect the 500 (US) billion dollar loss in productivity, reported by the global business community in 2011, due to workplace misery and job dissatisfaction? The transformation of the workplace is not only possible, but required. Employees, business owners and leaders, need only desire nothing short of an unprecedented joyful workplace experience. 16 Mondays can assist you in this shift, one thought, one belief at a time..
Business Shift Thoughts
16 Mondays’ Business Shift Thought No. 3
It is common knowledge that there are no duplicates in the Universe. No two stars are alike; no two snowflakes are the same; no two people are the same, not even identical twins. This is also true of workers. What may be the cause for dissatisfaction in one worker will not be for another, even though they share the same office space. This may suggest why any response to workplace misery and job dissatisfaction must be a response that takes the uniqueness of each employee into consideration. The increase in the number of unhappy workers suggests the ineffectiveness of the approaches businesses are currently employing to address worker dissatisfaction.
16 Mondays recognizes the uniqueness of the 100 million full time workers in the United States. While two people who work in the same office may be dissatisfied with their jobs, the power of 16 Mondays will allow each to uncover the unique reasons for that dissatisfaction.
Over the next 10 years, every week, 10,000 Americans will be turning 65. There is going to be a huge turnover in the American workplace. What is even more startling is that the workers who are exiting the workplace are the ones who are relatively satisfied with their jobs; they are the ones who have decided that being happy at work is not important. But now that they are leaving the workplace, finding meaning and purpose are going to be more important than ever. That is what the shift in consciousness is all about.
In her book 16 Mondays, Philadelphia’s Akilah t’Zuberi (ex-wife of History Detectives co-host Tukufu Zuberi) paints a picture of a global epidemic of workplace misery and strife and says she has a plan to fix it. Here, she tells us how your workplace unhappiness is costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Words from Akilah
How I Came to Focus on the Workplace
Written by Akilah
How I Came to Focus on the Workplace
Jobs, Education and Business am often asked how I became so interested in addressing the problem of job dissatisfaction and workplace misery. Most people assume I have a long history of terrible job experiences. It is true that I have had a couple of unpleasant ones, but those experiences did not influence my decision to address the issue of workplace misery. This decision was inspired by my experience with A Course in Miracles---a guide to spiritual transformation through the application of forgiveness.
What A Course in Miracles taught me was that the answer to all problems, without exception, lies within the relationship we have with our Self. All of the relationships that we have in life, be it with people or situations, are a reflection of this one relationship. Reflection is the key word here. Our thoughts and beliefs have creative power. They create our day-to-day experiences. Our relationships are the mirror that reflects our thoughts and most cherished beliefs back to us. If I believe I am helpless, then I will attract a relationship into my life that mirrors that belief back to me.
Now, I became aware of the extent and significance of workplace misery one night when I read an article online about a totally unrelated subject. Below the article I was reading was another titled "Job Satisfaction At An All Time Low." There were some references given at the end of this second article on job dissatisfaction. I read those references. Keep in mind, I did not specifically search for this information on workplace misery and job dissatisfaction. It came into my awareness by reading this one article, and over the next two years, more and more information came into my experience.
Soon I began to notice that I was meeting more and more people who talked to me about their jobs. Over the past two years or so, I have had perhaps only two or three people tell me that they loved their jobs. Except for them, it has been one disheartening story after another. Once someone confided in me that there had not been a day when she did not first get high before going to work. She has been on her job for roughly 25 years. A teacher told me once that her experience in education was making her sick; she died two years later.
In another conversation, an instructor said that the campus would be a great place to work if it wasn't for "these goddamn students." One woman confided in me that her employer had reprogrammed all the computers so that employees would not be able to check their personal emails, get on Facebook or Twitter. She said that it didn't matter to her because she could simply use her cell phone.
A woman told me once that she told her employer that she had to get her car to the shop for repairs. This required that she leave work early. The conversation with her employer took longer than she anticipated. She said that she arrived at the movies, one minute before the start of the feature presentation, disappointed because she wasn't able to get popcorn.
A close friend told me that she remembered as a little girl, at 6 or 7, playing with dolls at one of her friend's house. She recounted how they would giggle a lot, as 6 and 7 year old girls can do. But when they heard the father come in from work, they would gather their dolls, and move quickly to another room and shut the door. They would continue to play, but the giggling would cease, and they would talk in whispers. The father could not tolerate the sound of the girls' laughter. He had been working all day.
Now you might be asking, "How does all of this fit into your experience with A Course In Miracles?" Well, almost every adult on the planet has a relationship with work and a workplace. In the United States alone, in 2010, over 40 million workers expressed dissatisfaction with their jobs. These workers come from all professions and income levels. In 2010, U.S. businesses reported a 300 billion dollar (US) loss in productivity due to workplace misery. The global cost was estimated at 500 billion dollars (US) in that same year. Workplace misery is nothing more than a mirror of the collective thoughts and beliefs of workers.
From Around the Web
No. 31 - 6/17/13
Even though this article is a little dated, I think that it still conveys our fears and concerns about having a job and being gainfully employed.
The rise in unemployment continues to devastate Americans, according to the latest update of the Huffington Post Real Misery Index..
No. 30 - 6/10/13
No. 28 - 6/3/13
These are two great reads for understanding how the economy must shift and how the current beliefs about business, especially those that include infinite growth, are becoming more and more unsustainable.