It behooves companies to have motivated employees. Yet many employees come to work like zombies, clocking in at 9 and out at 5, just to turn around and do the same thing day after day, year after year, until retirement. But a simple shift in the mindset of both employees and employers could erase this bleak picture. All both parties have to do is realize that:
We have complex, multi-faceted experiences, interests, values and talents, which might mean that we could also find fulfillment as a web designer, or a community police officer, or running an organic cafe. (This) raises the possibility that we might discover career fulfillment by escaping the confines of specialization and cultivating ourselves as wide achievers … allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold.
From: How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric
How did we fall in the trap of putting people in a vocational box and closing the lid forever? Krznaric blames it partly, well really mostly, on the Industrial Revolution which ushered in specialization. As Krznaric says, this is great if you have an area that you’re really good at, your niche. These people have probably already found fulfillment.
The good news for the rest of us out there is that the Industrial Revolution is over. This could mean that our time has come. I say could because we’re still seeing the push for people to define themselves as experts, but along with that, I do believe that people who embrace their multiple selves are finding ways to express themselves and make the connections that enable them to be a web designer, community police officer, and the owner/manager of an organic cafe, all in one lifetime.