When work is all there is!

The economic downturn that culminated in the country’s financial collapse in November 2008, actually began with what could be called a pre-recession in August of 2006. The result spawned an environment of mass layoffs and mounting workloads for those “left behind” in the workforce.

That wasn’t the only thing “left behind.” What continues today are more family members that are seeing their loved ones plunge into a cycle of overwork out of fear and the need for stability that crosses the line into a work addiction that has devastating consequences for health, relationships and life in the home. The fear of losing one’s job transitions into the fear and, eventually the reality, of losing one’s family.

The primary consideration for all of us is to ask this question: Are we objective enough to understand why we’re actually working so hard? Is it just because we’re anxious about job stability and providing for our families, or are we using work to avoid seeking a full, well-rounded life of balance between that which sustains us personally as well as professionally?

Truth Be Told, finding the real answers is all about being courageous enough to take the risk of being transparent with ourselves and those around us to the degree that we see the objects of our fear become smaller and less debilitating.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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