On January 13th, 2017 I engaged leaders from our local community and asked the following questions:
- What are you experiencing in your world of work?
- What are the greatest challenges facing us at work?
- What actions do we need to take to catalyze positive change?
Here are key outcomes from our conversation:
Challenges Facing Us
- Work-life balance an illusion
- Room to breathe
- Quality of life is being impacted for the majority by decisions of the 1%
- Greed is breeding the wrong type of people and environments
- Limited investment in diversity and inclusion
- Women not progressing at the same rate as male counterparts
- Public policy destroying growth
- Toxic leaders
- Disengaged workforce
- Consumption and adaptability to endless change and information
- Availability, time, boundaries to work hours
- Felt expectation work merges into personal time and it’s okay and the norm
- Preparing work environment for the next generation ~ what does this look like?
- Requirement to do more with less
- Looking only to bottom-line instead of caring for employees and the environment
One of the greatest concerns that surfaced in our discussion was the experience of having “no room to breathe.” Leaders expressed concerns regarding:
- Overwhelm and exhaustion
- Doing more with less as the standard
- Feeling unable to set healthy boundaries at work
- Feeling like you cannot bring your true self to work
- Not having space and time to regenerate
- Not being able to express how you truly feel at work for fear of being fired
- Current sentiment in organizations ~ if you are not happy “we will find someone who is”
- Not feeling workplaces are walking the talk around “people” being the most important asset
- With no space to breathe ~ creativity, innovation, motivation and employee engagement is negatively impacted
In response to concerns expressed we asked the questions ~ what do we have control over? What is our high dream for “room to breathe?”
In response to this important and vital discussion I’ve created a four-month series for leaders to experience Room to Breathe
Room to Breathe is open to men, women, entrepreneurs, formal and informal leaders.
Thank you to all leaders who created space to engage in this conversation.
Together we will catalyze positive change in our workspaces.