with Anthony Newcombe
published with permission from writeplus.biz
🍂November 8, 2021🍂
This month’s topic: Did the American Worker Burnout (on America)?
We’ve always pride ourselves on our “American work ethic.” The number of hours we labor, the few paid vacation days we take advantage of – always the highest and lowest in the world respectively. Now, with decades of blood, sweat and tears invested, we seem to be reevaluating ourselves (and with it, our bosses, workplace, culture, etc.) ALL AT ONCE!
Perhaps that it seems so overwhelming right now. We were so entrenched in our commutes, schedules, balance “act” with family, etc., that events like Covid Pandemic Job Participation have forced us to stop, sit (at a distance), and rethink everything about our pre-pandemic lives. Who knows, it may turn out to Psychology of Work-Life Balance During Covid one of our proudest moments, or, in many cases, the tipping point to nowhere.
One thing that is not helping us is the perpetual gridlock in D.C. and locally too. We live in what is termed one of the most thriving economies in history, but still see more homelessness, climate decay, and rotted infrastructure in its midst.
How are we supposed to weigh our professional futures collectively when we can’t even pass a bill to fund so many of those jobs and plans? How is it possible to continue to vote for leaders who only show up for us to convince us to “come through for them” by voting every term? Of course, the years in between are always filled with lip service, finger-pointing and, to quote a very young woman enmeshed in the global climate battle: (“blah, blah blah”) Climate Change “Boils Over” Around Global Summits
It’s a lot easier to tell people they need to retain the motivation to work hard – much harder to show themthe way to prosperity. “Being accountable,” “keeping your word,” “following through.” Those were simple phrases we not only embraced but rarely had to define in decades past. Now, there’s a perpetual inability for those in leadership positions to do this. It’s even cost the jobs of many who attempt to do so! We need to look in the mirror, face the music, and make some drastic changes NOW! Otherwise, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the American worker, and with it – the American Dream – vanishes forever.
What do YOU have to say about this? We’d like to hear it!
See you next month for our 2021 finale! I’m out!