The average professional does not feel valued in or fulfilled by their current role or careers. Work is quickly becoming a place of stress, discomfort, and dread, and many of us lack the resources to change our circumstances. What if we had the tools to alter how we think about our work? It is time to move beyond the stress, guilt, and frustrations of our jobs to maximize the life affirming moments that tie our work to our self-worth. Let's recover our worth!
The Work-Life Balance Model is Broken
While the work-life balance model can be helpful for individuals trying to balance their work and personal life, the work-life model assumes that work and personal life can be easily separated. We all know, however, that in reality the boundaries between the two can be blurry, especially with the rise of remote work.
The work-life balance model assumes that all work is the same and that it can be equally demanding for everyone. However, the reality is that some jobs require more time and energy than others, and some individuals may have more control over their work schedules than others.
For many individuals, striving for work-life balance can create additional stress or guilt, especially if they feel like they are not able to meet their personal or professional responsibilities. This can lead to burnout or other mental health issues.
It's Time to Move Beyond Work-Life Balance
Instead of trying to balance work and personal life, many individuals strive for work-life integration, where they can seamlessly blend their work and personal activities throughout the day. This is a great start but we need more! We need an integrative framework that allows us to view our work and personal activities as co-extensive of the same core principles that give our lives meaning.
This is why I created the Developing Your Worth Ethic workshop series.
Enhancements to the 2023 Workshop include:
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Participants in this workshop will learn how to:
Differentiate between a work ethic and a "worth" ethic
Explore how our jobs shape our identities and well-being
Create healthy work habits and boundaries
Integrate a healthy "worth" ethic into your workplace experiences
Worth Ethic Affirmation
I am a human being, not a human doing.