In my previous post I wrote about changing obvious looking tendencies and trends in working life. I am personally always looking for new directions and challenges in working life, while some people focus on keeping and defending their positions. Yesterday I was talking with my yoga teacher about accepting current moments in our lives and ourselves as we are. That discussion made me question my own lifestyle and attitude towards improving myself.
Should I change my thoughts? Is it really worthwhile to keep thinking how we could make ourselves better as human beings or more attractive in working life? Should we just stop and accept ourselves as we are with no desires to go forward or to try finding our own potentials?
In my opinion we should listen to our own feelings. I have never considered improving myself as work, although learning in most cases definitely is hard work. At the same time learning and improving is also so much fun, and I get some special feelings when get something done for myself. Besides, having options and choices in life makes me more relaxed. Fixating to one option feels restrictive. So that’s typical me. Always thinking about and planning next steps of life. So accepting that means accepting myself as I am – a multitasking chameleon of working life.
In the future we people are supposed to stay in working life longer than ever before. That’s why it’s more and more important to stay healthy, competitive and keep ourselves excited about topics we are working with – and if possible, enjoying of work we do. When we are supposed to work longer, that also means tendering out employers. What do they offer to get the best employees available?
At the same time this means distribution into differentiating categories for both organizations and employees. The best organizations get the best employees, while the worst ones get what’s left. And because of globalization, digitalization and robotization more and more people in their best working age won’t find work at all. At the same time we people live longer, so one main challenge for societies of the future is need to offer something interesting to do for these marginalizing people. The answer may be virtual reality. However, one big question is, do we really accept this kind of tendency? If not, what are we going to do to change it?
Anyway, when this kind of future is possible, I have one good advice for you and me. We should keep improving our own professional skills and competencies, because that is our best weapon in competition. Also it’s important to find a career that really interests us and that we want to work for. For me this means challenging myself and my own career tendency. Because when we do all this, we are also able to call for high quality from the organizations we are supposed to work for.