I believe that the average working man or woman lives their life in the default mode. They get up every morning around the same time, eat the same things for breakfast, tend to wear the same outfits to work every week, do the same routine at work (more or less) and then head home along the same route that brought them to work.
To a certain degree I suppose that operating in the default mode, (aka one’s comfort zone) means that people don’t have to be fully engaged with their surroundings and that they just get on with things. It’s easy. No one bothers them, and they don’t bother other people. Does this sound like anyone that you know?
I’m all for being comfortable, but the last place I think you need to be comfortable is in the workplace. Being comfortable means you’re not paying attention to what is going on around you within your office, your company, your industry. Are you flying under the radar to avoid detection by management? Is it possible that you’ve got your head in the sand? Being comfortable could cost you your job.
If it sounds like I’m a bit of an alarmist, then so be it. My eyes are open to what is happening all around the world in the workplace and that’s the silent exodus of highly qualified, highly experienced and highly paid senior executives.
The silent exodus is actually getting louder and louder when I hear about more and more executives leaving the corporate world…….and not by their choice. Sure, you might hear about your colleague Joe Smith is leaving the company ‘to pursue other opportunities’ or Sally Brown has finally decided to travel the world and is leaving at the end of the month.
Wake up and smell the coffee people! All of that is code for Joe and Sally’s positions are being eliminated so that the company can save money. The story has been crafted to give Joe and Sally some dignity so that they don’t have to tell everyone they have been made redundant.
So, let me ask you this question. Are you aware of what’s going on within your office? Has there suddenly been one or two unexpected departures from your company? Those individuals who are suddenly leaving, are they senior executives who been with the company for some time? Are they in their late 40’s, maybe in their 50’s or 60’s? Have you worked for the company some time now and are you in that age bracket?
Am I making you uncomfortable? To be frank with you, I hope I am.
I’m not saying that to be mean. I’m saying that it’s time to get your head out of the sand and notice what is going on around you. Being an unemployed person in your 50’s and 60’s is going to have a major impact on your family and your lifestyle. Finding a new job will not be an easy feat.
You’re probably thinking, why is this Wigglesworth woman rambling on about unemployment about senior executives? I’ll tell you why. Because I’ve done the research and I’ve seen the numbers. I know what lies ahead for people losing their jobs at this age and it’s not pretty.
If people don’t act now and line up a side business, or become an entrepreneur full time, individuals across the globe will soon find themselves joining the new 50-60 Something™ Poverty Economy because they are not financially prepared to retire and maintain a meaningful lifestyle for the next 30 to 40 years of their lives.
Let me leave you with this last question. If you were suddenly ‘invited to depart the company’ and found that you could not land a suitable new job after a year of looking, do you have the financial means to continue to sustain the current lifestyle for yourself and your family for the next 30 years?
Hopefully that question will get you thinking.