Fear the Walking Dead
We’ve all seen them. They are frightening if not pitiful, expressionless shades of humanity that walk through the workplace mindlessly. They are driven solely by the need to survive; automatons that only report to their jobs each day in order to perpetuate their existence. They’ve lost the sparks of humanity – purpose, caring, emotions, self-worth. They even seem to have lost awareness of self.
Once human, they had dreams, but those have dissipated in the light of the reality of their work choices. What seemed like a good decision in the past, has left them disenchanted, disillusioned and resigned to a passionless existence at work.
You know who they are, right?
They’re the ones who go through the motions, but aren’t really involved or inspired.
They hate Monday and are the first to leave at the end of the day.
They never rock the boat. But, they’re always the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to the workplace.
If you didn’t know, you’d think they were taking anti-depressants that have taken away their excitement in life.
They work to make money. It’s not about doing something that’s meaningful or fulfilling other than paying the bills.
Basically, they are disconnected, disinterested and dispirited in the place where they spend the majority of their lives.
Becoming a zombie at work comes out of working in an area we either never or no longer find fulfilling. It leaves us in a state of stress and quiet turmoil. Did you know, Gallup’s 2017 State of Global Workplace Report found that 85 percent of workers from around the world are not engaged or are actively disengaged with their jobs.
As in “Fear the Walking Dead,” those still alive and hoping for a positive career, must proactively reinvent themselves, learn new skills and adopt new attitudes in order to fend off succumbing to the Zombie epidemic.
Do you feel stuck in your job and fear you’re losing the joy in your work life.
Do you want to make a change but are afraid of doing the wrong thing?
The first thing to do to protect yourself from joining the growing hordes of zombies is to ponder this.
Imagine it’s 5 years from now and you’re looking back. What will be your biggest regret that you didn’t do or didn’t try?
Think about it.
And, what if you could learn some interesting new thing, skill or hobby? What might it be?
How might you apply it to work? How might it inform a new direction for your work?
Next week I’ll give you tips on how to use your discontent with work to create positive change.
To your success.