Despite high unemployment figures and abject poverty in many parts of the world, there exists an equally high number of gainfully employed individuals who claim they feel disengaged in their job. This very inequality urges people across the board to re-evaluate their lives to become more self-aware; while it is one way to recognize our successes and failures, it also gives us a better understanding of who we are, what we are trying to achieve, realize what we are doing that is either effective in developing our life or what we are doing that is slowing us down, and what we can do to become more self-reliant, forthright in making beneficial life choices, and increase productivity–on the job and off. Living a balanced life means questioning the value of investing in the core pre-requisites toward upgrading the quality of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual existence.
While a complete turnaround can be daunting, small changes in the way we approach life’s demands can be very significant. If you are finding it difficult to land the perfect job because you lack specific skills and practical experience, enroll in short courses to improve your understanding of the field you are interested in. Volunteer your services to organizations to gain practical experience. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset by identifying weaknesses in your skills set; attend a workshop on marketing and sales. Start a small business; it can be a great source of information and practical experience with respect to improving your business skills. Read business, industrial and technological publications; this will keep you well informed, help you spot upcoming trends and innovations, and keep track of industry leaders. Join organizations such as toastmasters to improve your communication skills, people skills, leadership skills, and negotiation skills, as well as boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Self-talk and self-compassion are vital components of becoming more self-aware to dispel a negative mindset, especially if you are feeling disengaged in your current job or unemployed. By allowing the development of a positive self-regard you will awaken your consciousness to recognize new opportunities and solutions to problems, nurture skills with discipline, and gain the emotional wisdom to approach challenges with enthusiasm. With experience, you will better understand that self-regard establishes standards for thinking about possibilities.
To create and sustain high productivity input from any country’s labor force demands constant access to education opportunities, particularly unskilled youth, job-seekers, and employees that are misplaced in jobs they are not suited to. Besides empowering job creation in both the formal and informal sectors, developed and developing countries need more entrepreneurs to stimulate self-employment opportunities. Business owners need to engage more employees, tapping the full extent of their talents, skills, and ideas to expand domestic markets and grow their county’s national economy. However, research shows that in today’s economic climate many workers who work for an employer are actively disengaged. This low level of employee productivity presents a startling challenge to emerging-market countries. The general consensus among social experts is that engagement varies by education level and job type, namely that employees in professional, managerial, sales, service, and administrative roles are significantly more engaged compared to employees in jobs that involve physical labor such as installation, construction, mining and manufacturing.
Invest in Innovation
Social Scientists contend that any endeavor to better prepare human capital to identify their true vocational calling must be coupled with a strategy for advancing innovation. The consumer market is constantly changing and it is up to forward-thinking individuals and teams to propagate this evolutionary transition with new inventions, to not only make our lives better but also to abolish the intense strain our environment is under. Water supplies, air quality and waste management suffer from the impact of a growing and shifting world population, including greater demand and consumption. Technological progress, heralded as the driver of growth in cutting-edge economies, is fueled by investment in education, basic science, research and development, and new ways of doing productive work and business. Many countries have fallen behind in adapting their policies to keep up with the steep learning curve to invest in its human capitol, and in creating opportunities to recognize innovative potentialities. The capabilities that must be developed will ensure industry will have access to new or evolving markets and ideas to pioneer progress and economic leadership.
There is no question that more jobs and self-employment opportunities must be created. Besides better education in science, technology, engineering and math from primary through secondary school and higher education, companies must be encouraged to run in-house worker re-training programs to advance both conscientious and disengaged employees by way of learning new skills, channeling their talents, and adapting to the rapidly changing demands of the burgeoning world economy. To facilitate the free flow of new ideas one must examine typical difficulties experienced in a particular profession or industry to identify strategic solutions. Historically the free flow of ideas has been threatened by a collective perception that various kinds of ideas were bad. People were afraid to talk in any sort of accusatory way about their government’s inability to create a sustainable economic system through communal collaboration, and empower citizens. Similarly, in modern times, “political correctness” endangers the free flow of ideas. Society today is highly sensitive to any issues that might be interpreted as racist, sexist or elitist; because they might find some possibilities offensive and potentially politically incorrect, people stop the free flow of ideas and deliberately do everything they can to destroy it. However, it is important to persist in educating citizens, especially the youth, to nurture the free flow of ideas. A motivating statement is: “People can dilute an idea, but it’s hard to destroy it completely; grow the idea through quality research, continuous improvement and positive reinforcement.” It is imperative to stimulate ideas to address challenges such as environmental conservation, natural resources exploitation, unemployment and poverty, poor education and healthcare, and cultivating an informed citizenry. The free and unimpeded sharing of ideas is the cornerstone of a resilient and productive society.
Cultivating employers to recognize the value of collaborative leadership to create workplace harmony and boost productivity — rather than classify workers as mere components in the industrial machine — is imperative. By harnessing the dynamism and initiative of engaged employees to lead the way, organizations can infiltrate this sense of purpose to bring high levels of determination, tenacity, energy and resilience to co-workers who feel disengaged and in need of task-specific training based on vital outcomes. However, no workplace is entirely stress-free; employees routinely face hurdles and negativity in the workplace. A practical resolve is to identify issues that tend to chip away at your well-being and engagement; clarify what needs to happen to deter any conflict or disengagement. Use your strengths to establish positive, consistent habits at work to enliven mundane tasks, and develop an action plan for sustained engagement.
Where will all the jobs come from? Some blame technological development for disenfranchising a vast workforce, but can we stand in the way of progress? While many artisan jobs were progressively phased out due to new technology, there is a strong re-emergence of jobs for artisans in diverse fields. This bodes well for a wide sector of job-seekers, including the younger generation but it will require prospective workers to hone their skills to succeed in a highly competitive market. Believing you can be excellent at anything is a vital characteristic of any modern employee or entrepreneur; they must be open to applying their skills and talents in different and ever-changing ways.
While technology may rescind some jobs it usually facilitates the creation of others. Today firms are more mobile, able to set-up within a short space of time and change segmentation targets and product selection at the touch of a button. However, successful companies recognize the significance of brand innovation, reliable turnaround times, and consumer-driven goods production. Although this burgeoning sector depends on a skilled, engaged workforce, it is increasingly reliant on sophisticated robotic machinery and less on assembly workers. Consequently, business opportunities and employment in the services-based economies appear to be on the rise, albeit highlighted as a lean skill-intensive industry. Growth episodes associated with job creation are characterized by a rise in agricultural and manufacturing services. Informal employment or micro businesses are a viable resource for large-scale industry to sub-contract work.
Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist, says “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. To survive the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots – religion, nation, community, family, or profession – are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust. It is no longer resources that limit decisions, it is the decision that makes the resources.”