There is a great professional recalibration going on. Are you experiencing it? If not, you should be. Let’s explore together, shall we?
By now, you are reading plenty about the Great Post-Pandemic Resignation. This phenomenon primarily is a response to employer mandates focused on a 100% return to the office, ending many pandemic-based initiatives.
Plus, some of you tell me that your employer has moved headquarters. So not only are you mandated to return to the office. You also are mandated to move cities so you can return to that office, and are not adequately compensated to do so.
These mandates grate against your pandemic discovery that you prefer and thrive in remote work environments. Also, you discover more enlightened professional opportunities are now available which negatively impact your loyalty to your current employer. You have choices to make which you control. So you choose to stay put in your current geo location, with a new employer who rewards you with a bonus and higher salary as well.
Your choices reflect your growth and development into a changed and more confident professional in the post-pandemic world of work. It is time for you to self-acknowledge and congratulate yourselves.
Consider that your actions are catalyzed by a great professional recalibration. This recalibration involves greater self-advocacy moving forward. As a result, you will continue to seek opportunities, employers, colleagues, and clients who allow you to thrive in more balanced, holistic work environments. That is a good thing for all.
Alternatively, some (many?) of you choose to remain with your current employer for a variety of reasons. And your choice is a good thing, too. Employment continuity benefits colleagues and clients. Because the choice to remain with a current employer, colleagues, and clients reflects your collective willingness to reconsider and recalibrate the notion of how work is accomplished together.
- Some of you now enjoy a hybrid, flexible work environment, allowing you to balance being in-office as well as working from home.
- Others of you decide that your endless pre-pandemic carousel of planes, trains, boats, and cars to serve clients is mentally and physically exhausting. As a result, you substantially prune back your professional commitments. Instead, you focus your best professional self on those colleagues and clients who continuously bring their best professional selves to the table.
The Great Professional Recalibration allows for long-overdue professional and workplace evolution.
Whether acknowledged or not, no one is going “back” to any professional environment that feels vaguely the same or normal. Collectively, you experience the great professional recalibration of how and why and where you purposefully work, together.
As a result of your choices, each day feels customized, instead of rote. Subsequently, you are more fully present in each day as you collaborate with others. Consequently, “being at work” creates continuous, active learning experiences for your professional development.
Take the time to recognize your great professional recalibration. Your actions represent a huge one millimeter step forward that perhaps you have yet to self-acknowledge. You have earned it.
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