How the soup we grow up in influences how we manage our work life

These are times of constant change in the workplace and job market. And in amongst it all, each and every one of us is developing our careers and our workplace environments. The internet and social media, for example, are changing the way we do business and communicate  – and transforming our working lives and indeed, ourselves as a result.

What specifically is the impact of this on how you manage your career? 

How are you noticing the shift of boundaries between work and life resulting from 24 hour connectivity?                                         

How is communication through the internet and social media impacting on how you do business?

As Generation Y, Millenials and now Generation C (the connected generation) enter the workplace we are seeing the impact of the mixing of generations. Each generation having grown up in a different “soup”. Added to this an increasing number of people I speak to are seeking meaning and purpose in their work, over and above more traditional career drivers such as security, status and a high salary.

All of this has an influence on how we manage our career, with a need as an individual to adapt and reflect on what works for us. With the choice to adopt new ways of working or to opt to stick with what we know and are familiar with.

Having a portfolio career mindset and building your flexibility and adaptability are ways to  build resilience to handle the shifting context and to respond to trends in the job market, such as short term contracts and the growth in a project approach to work.

The concept of a portfolio career is not new, in fact the idea of a “portfolio worker” was first advanced by the work of the author and philosopher Charles Handy in the 1980s. New career theories are also emerging from the US and in future blogs I’ll be sharing some the key themes which I have read about in this research.

We will also be sharing career stories to illustrate the experience of different generations who are embracing a portfolio approach to their work. More also about the characteristics and preferences of Generation Y, Millenials and Generation C in an article by Anita Pickerden coming up soon.

And finally, the idea of “the soup we grow up in” is adapted from the work of Aboodi Shabi, a leading coach.  A quote from Aboodi “People hold different views not because they are flawed or because they have different information than we do, but because they have a different life-training from ours.  Our world-views are shaped by the cultural soups in which we are immersed.”

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