Welcome to the New Work-Scape
Here we are learning how to navigate this new work-scape which most likely looks a little different for everyone in the corporate world. So, I'm guessing folks are back in the office, some maybe are a hybrid work/home and some are still completely remote. Whatever your situation is, I would imagine it remains different than what you had been originally used to before the pandemic. This new corporate work-scape and yes, I just made that word up on the spot as I was brainstorming these thoughts, is where I want to dive into and how the new work-scape could be affecting corporate workers.
Ever since I started working from home, my entire life has shifted, which in turn has allowed me to go deeper within and start seeking answers to questions I could not answer before. The reason being was that my mind was so preoccupied non-stop from the minute I woke up to the minute I closed my eyes. Since having a remote job, I've had a bit more time to take breaks and actually breathe in fresh air whenever I need to. Lately, my mind has been asking questions that challenge the corporate work structure. Now, pre-pandemic, I had been an 8-5 in the office Monday-Friday employee for over 18 years. You could say the corporate work environment has been embedded within me whether I liked it or not. It shaped my outlook on work habits, corporate culture, and how to "fit in" within the corporate construct. The past two years have allowed me to take a step back and look at this new work-scape and form some opinions that are drastically going to change the trajectory of my life. I don't believe I will ever go back to a standard Monday-Friday in an office type of job. That's right, but let me lay out the why's because they touch on very important aspects of one's health and wellness.
The most important reason is mental and physical well-being. Hands down, I'm the healthiest I've ever been in my entire life. I owe it all to having a flexible schedule to incorporate all of the essentials we need as a human to thrive every day. This includes meditation, physical exercise, healthy food, social interaction, and even rest. Yup, I said rest. In the past, I have tried to fit all of that in and it was a beast to tackle. That type of routine required me to get up at 5:20 am to make a 6 am workout class, get ready, commute in, work, commute again, cook dinner, evening meditation (maybe), then sleep. Rinse and repeat five times a week. My life was miserable and I accepted it because the money was worth it and the security felt nice. When I look back, it makes me almost pull my hair out thinking this was the way to live. If I could go back and slap myself in the face I would have, TWICE!
The second most important reason is taking back my power. I did not realize I gave so much of my power and energy away to a company when I was working in the office. Some corporations do a great job of keeping you "happy" and "busy" while you remain under their watch during office hours. I do believe every detail is well thought out when creating these corporate offices, everything is specifically curated, even down to the lighting that literally sucks your life force energy out of you. They don't stop there, they also do an amazing job at providing an endless supply of caffeine, sugar, and a sprinkle of some healthy foods to keep your diet appropriately balanced. What most people can't see through is the programming that happens on a subconscious level. That programming starts before you even start your first day onsite. Think sign-on bonuses, benefits, company car, on-site gyms, free food, etc. All of these perks end up being a co-dependent relationship. After some time of enjoying all of these perks, you don't want to return to your normal life because why go home when I can get all these "free" perks that satisfy me?
When we give our power away to a corporation in exchange to climb that ladder to give us validation for our efforts, accomplishments, and knowledge we are building someone else's dream. Imagine for just one second what you could accomplish if you believed in yourself as much as you believe in the work you do for a Founder's company. That thought alone sends chills up and down my body because I know how powerful you truly are. Every single human on this planet has the potential to shine their light so bright and create a life they dream of.
My point in this, if you have a limited amount of time on this earth then what do you want to create? Is your masterpiece going to ultimately feed someone else's dream? Is your legacy going to be one that you are proud of? Can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say I did the best I could? Did you dig deep into your soul to find what lights you up and do you have the courage to share that with the world?
We have been given a gift, and that gift is time. Now is the time to reclaim that control you gave away. The work-scape is changing and it is allowing for people to step out of the matrix and start living a life that is in alignment with their soul. Let's face it, this corporate construct has been around for almost a century. Yes, it has been through major changes, but the foundation is still the same. Five days a week, 40+ hours a week. Are we truly being inventive by continuing to do the same thing over and over again? Are we truly tapping into our smartest self while running on someone else's hamster wheel hoping for a change? We can do better! I don't know about all of you, but I'm ready to shake things up. I was not meant to grind for 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week in a cubicle watching life pass me by. I want better for myself and all of those corporate employees who feel drained, exhausted and, undervalued.
WE are co-creators of this life and I believe major change is coming upon this corporate life, the question is, will you have the courage to create the change?
I will leave you with a simple yet powerful quote from Mr. Nipsy Hustle, "If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage."