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Synopsis: Disconnecting from the Workplace reveals the emotional and psychological challenges that leaving our full-time careers produces. It offers a method by which to make the journey a successful one. Disconnecting from the Workplace provides a road map to avoid the pitfalls of detaching from your career, which could be a full-time career outside of the home; child-rearing; marriage; volunteerism or any one thing that has consumed all of your waking efforts and hours.
From the Author: I personally experienced the loss of meaning, the loss of purpose and the loss of self-worth when I abruptly detached from my career, due to health related problems. I now have been without that career for fifteen years. In Disconnecting from the Workplace I will share my journey through the emotional and psychological cycles that accompany this disconnection. I will share my journey through examples of what hit me the hardest and what my readers may do to avoid these pitfalls. I will also share the feelings that I experienced as a result of my loss of identity. My self-worth had been totally defined by my career success. I had over identified with my career. Your situation could be similar, or your job may no longer be available to you, or your children could be leaving home, or your spouse may have died, or you could be going through a divorce, you may have become disabled, but in all of these situations, you are confronted with the building of a whole new life. When I got out of the "Rat Race" early, I had no clue as to the preparation I had needed in order to have successfully made this transition. It is my hope to be able to help the approximate 48 million women of my Baby Boomer generation to take a more gradual and prepared exit into a new life. In Disconnecting from the Workplace, I suggest, through a self-help format, the methods and plans to use to leave your full time work or profession without suffering feelings of emotional loss or loss of identity. I will introduce Intentional Living as the viable alternative, and this can begin today!
Work Identity Syndrome (W.I.S.) is the term I coined for the over identification that today's women have with their careers. W.I.S. is the key reason leaving the workplace was so difficult for me and will also be the reason it will be such an emotional challenge for other women (and men) Baby Boomers. If you can identify with any of the following characteristics, then you may suffer from Work Identity Syndrome, W.I.S.:
* You may be suffering from burnout. * Your co-workers meet all of your social needs. * Your self-worth is based on recognition and approval from your colleagues. * Too many people look to you for guidance, direction and advice. * You have few outside interests other than work. * You talk or think about work while driving, falling asleep or when others talk. * You get more excited about work than you do your family or anything else. * You work more than 40 hours a week. * You believe it's okay to work long hours if you love your work. * You underestimate how long a project will take. * Your family understands that your work will always come first. * Your self-worth is based on being considered an authority in your field. * Your identity rests on your career and your income. * You are becoming less creative. * You do things energetically and competitively, including play. * You get irritated when people ask you to stop working. * People surround you most of your day.
If you identified with three or more of these items, there is a chance you are neglecting your sense of personal identity and are at risk of developing W.I.S. Five or more items identified with and you are well on your way to developing W.I.S., or are already there. In both instances you must ask yourself what would happen if you disconnected from work either by choice or because you lost your job. You must change your life to support a healthy sense of identity so you can avoid what happened to me. Get back in control of your life. You may be in the wrong career culture. Corporate structures and cultures will not change overnight but you can. Begin remembering the true archetype for success is not just your financial income and your fancy title but who you TRULY ARE AND STAND FOR AS A HUMAN BEING. WHO ARE YOU?
From Chapter 1: Seven out of ten people die within two years if they do not have a plan for meaning, purpose or self worth, according to The Three Boxes of Life by Richard Boyles.
According to 1994 Demographica, beginning in the year 1996, 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 50 years of age each day. They are the first wave of the approximate 80 million Americans born between the years 1946 and 19954. The Journal of Accountancy (August 1992) reveals that Baby BOOMERS represent 39% of all Americans. There is presently a strong trend toward early retirement and this interest will increase as Baby Boomers age. Disconnecting from the Workplace will disclose that planning and preparation for the emotional and psychological experiences of detaching from your full time career is essential to this new life adventure. Since the leading causes for death are heart disease and cancer, and they are known to be aggravated by stress, psychological and emotional preparation along with the introduction of intentional Living, may very well be the most critical issue in extending life after disengaging from your full time career.
Currently the life expectancy for men is 72 years of age, while women can expect to live 79 years, according to the Bureau of the Census. I predict that the gap of the life expectancies between men and women will close substantially as a result of the increased population of women working outside of the home today. The shift of their primary identity into their career of work outside of the home and the lack of emotional preparation for the detachment and sense of loss experienced at retirement or at the close of a full time career or occupation, could result in a life expectancy more closely associated with that of men.
In what I term the Intentional Living Lifestyle, a new way of living is developed while on the job at the age of 40 or 45 years (you may begin the process now even if you are older or much older). Begin by working fewer hours a day, then fewer days a week. You will begin enjoying other things integrated into your lifestyle. With more hours in your life available to live life as you please, dreamed of, or enjoy, there is then still time to work. Eventually work is not center stage as you cut your work days to 2 or 3 a week and you also suffer no feeling of the sense of loss that is so often experienced when without a full time career. Why not give yourself the chance to develop a new lifestyle that includes your personal longings and still provides you with income. Life will continue to have purpose and meaning and you will still have self-worth. Disconnecting from the Workplace develops a way to enjoy life and maintain meaning and purpose through Intentional Living which allows a gradual merging into life all of the things that you want to be experiencing in a quality life. This gradual merging alleviates the problems of W.I.S.
Title: Disconnecting from the Workplace
Publisher: M J P Publishing
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Book Description M J P Publishing, 1998. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP10866906
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