You spend so much of your time in the workplace, often spending more time with work colleagues than family. Is this what you imagined your work life would be? Are you happy? Are you joyful in your work?
Whatever you describe as work, be it paid or unpaid, working alone or as part of a team, your work is an important aspect of your life and communicates much to others about you. Workplace dynamics and indeed the culture of your workplace will have profound effects on you as a person. How do you feel about your current work/life balance? Does the idea of retirement leave you feeling anxious? How do you behave when you have issues with colleagues? How does unemployment affect your sense of self and well being?
Growing up, we all had dreams and ambitions and imagined our future careers, albeit often through rose tinted spectacles. However, workplace feelings of being ‘stuck’ may remind us of goals or plans we had in our earlier life – plans that somehow faded into the past, leaving us with feelings of uncertainty, boredom or even fear.