1. Your work colleagues are changing. Yes, the younger generations are entering the workforce with energy and commitment to achieve great things. You are noticing that many of your new colleagues are being given the same opportunities once afforded to you. Meanwhile, your work friends are leaving not only the company, they are also leaving you, creating a sense of loneliness and isolation.
  2. Not only are you not getting as many opportunities as you did previously, you find yourself less excited about the actual work you are doing. You may be receiving compliments throughout the year and your efforts may be equally strong. Yet, it seems that no matter how hard you try or how good the results, your efforts appear to be less appreciated as reflected by less positive performance reviews and ultimately smaller pay increase
  3. Your requests for continuing education such as attending professional conferences and seminars are challenged and at times denied. Or maybe you did not receive acknowledgement for a voluntary process or workplace improvement project in which you dedicated your personal time.
  1. Get to know your new work colleagues and offer to mentor them. Getting to know and understand the generation entering the workforce may broaden your perspectives about work. Also, you can be the person they look up to and seek out when they need help. They also need your insights to understand their new employer. As you mentor them, you may learn a few new things as well such as the latest communication applications and trends. Sharing ideas with each other will benefit them, you and your employer.
  2. Laugh! Look for what is amusing during your workday. Laughter at work will improve your morale as well as the morale of those around you. Besides, it’s difficult to stay angry or annoyed when you are laughing. Here’s an example from my own experience. I had to give a manager I was working with an answer he did not want to receive. He persistently pushed back, and I tried multiple ways of communicating with him, each time expressing understanding for his position. It did not matter what I said, or how I said it, this manager was not going to walk away accepting any explanation I provided. My younger colleague who was also in the room noted that there was nothing I could have said to change the outcome short of doing an interpretive dance. With that we both laughed and laughed. The interpretive dance analogy ended up being our own private joke we frequently used to lighten the stress and frustration of difficult situations.
  3. Begin planning for your retirement lifestyle before you retire. Develop an interest in something that is meaningful for you. Perhaps this is supporting a charity that is near and dear to your heart. This might be a good time to begin learning a new language or skill. Or if your physical wellness needs attention, how about joining a gym or beginning an exercise routine? This may mean working 40 hours per week instead of 50 or 60 and, that’s okay. Now is the time to begin prioritizing your own needs. And this can be done without placing your employer’s needs at risk.
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