Peace on earth begins with peaceful people.
So what does that suggest about a workforce at unrest?
Our emotions are infectious.
And here’s why that’s concerning when it comes to our careers:
According to Gallup, 70 percent of American workers are not engaged or are actively disengaged with what they do; disengagement climbs to 87 percent for workers globally.
Though benign when compared to worker mistreatment or exploitation, worker disengagement is insidious nonetheless because those who suffer from it grow discontented, at best, and sow seeds of discontentment that grow in their lives and in the lives of people around them.
To be clear, I’m not pointing fingers; I’m a former poster child of a discontented worker.
For decades, I sentenced myself to jobs that I had little desire to do because it got harder to stop the farther I got. And I was confused about what work might satisfy my soul, anyway.
The result of me staying the course?
A broken spirit and sick body.
It’s true that not everyone disengaged at work will get sick like I did, but our work impacts our wellbeing greatly.
And with only 13 percent of workers feeling engaged globally, worker wellbeing is too low not to have negative consequences around the world.
But there’s a bright side:
Workers at peace sow peace into the world.
Fear and confusion, but mostly fear, kept me in a draining career to the point of a health crisis. And I consider myself a lucky one: despite suffering for so long, I had the freedom to change my condition.
If you’re suffering from doing what you do, yet lucky to have not life-or-death fear as your bondage, I hope that you’ll drop your chains to make a change. And soon.
I’m not asking you to quit your job, but to take a step in the direction of your desires. And then another, and another…
Getting started can restore your vitality and lead to other good outcomes for you, not to mention improve other people’s lives by unleashing your talents.
And that’s true whether the career you desire becomes your bread and butter or remains unpaid, fulfilling work to look forward to daily.