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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

Here’s why you might be experiencing a shift in priorities.

I was talking to a colleague the other day, and she said that between the pandemic and a few life events over the past few years, she just isn’t as professionally ambitious anymore. She has lots of things she would like to accomplish—they just aren’t related to work. Another colleague has elected to reduce her work hours in order to spend more time with her children. These conversations echoed several I have had over the past few years where I have watched friends and colleagues change jobs or shift their emphasis from professional advancement to public service, personal satisfaction, or family engagement.

Many of these shifts reflect a change in people’s underlying values. Psychologists like Shalom Schwartz have studied systems of values. Values determine what people think is important, which in turn influences motivation.

The pandemic led all of us to face a significant number of significant challenges. Just about everyone has either gotten COVID or knows someone who has. Indeed, many of us know people who have died from the disease. On top of that, disruptions to the workplace have led people to rethink the importance of their jobs relative to other ways they might spend their time.

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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

Do you hate the idea of going back to the office? Here’s how to approach it if you have to

Experiment with these solutions and keep an open mind around your expectations; you may find new things about the office you never appreciated before.

Whether we were anxiously waiting to go back into the office over the past two years or desperately hoping working from home was here to stay, one thing is clear: The elusive “return” isn’t what we were promised. The commute still sucks, the conference rooms are still overbooked, and the water cooler chat just doesn’t have the same luster as it did a few years ago.

“It’s the context shifting that gets me,” said a tech employee who worked from home the past few years and recently returned to working in the office three days a week. “There is too much to remember now: what time to leave the house to get to my first meeting, where my laptop charger is, what meetings to schedule for the days I’m in the office versus at home. It’s too much.”

Why? A mismatch of expectations is bound to cause a feeling of disappointment, and for many of us, even if the “before times” weren’t that awesome, at least they were predictable. The reality is that after such a long disruption in the status quo, there’s no way things could go back to being the same.

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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

Learn to Embrace your Imposter Syndrome

Restaurant entrepreneur Kevin Boehm says professional insecurity has haunted him his entire career. And it hasn’t always been a bad thing.

Almost three decades ago, on my very first day as a restaurant owner, I opened the oven to put some bread in. The pilot light had gone out, and the oven blew up in my face, catching my hair on fire. Up until that point, my naivete was hiding just below the surface, but by the next morning, it was written all over my scabbed face and shaved head. I was sure all my customers were thinking, “This knucklehead does not know what he’s doing.”

The reality was, I really had no clue at that early stage. But my own fear of being found out to be a fraud would continue for years throughout my career, way past the point it should have. I would attribute almost all of my success to luck and good fortune—a classic characteristic of the imposter syndrome, a psychological pattern first identified in 1978. Studies have shown that almost 70% of high-functioning leaders experience this insecurity in determining their own self-worth.

While imposter syndrome is widely believed to hurt personal and professional self-esteem—and can be especially detrimental to women and people of color in the workplace—my own experience is proof that “IS” can be harnessed and transformed into a powerful driver for self-improvement.

As a young owner managing other managers, often older than myself, I developed a way of training, based on a deck of cards. I created a 13-card set of handwritten playing cards, each labeled with a quality needed to master in order to become the ultimate leader in hospitality: financial acumen, table dialogue with guests, executing pre-shift (the 30-minute briefing before a service), running a front door, conflict resolution, administrative, responsibility and punctuality, energy and spirit, food knowledge, beverage knowledge, empathy and people management, service skills, and attention to detail.

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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

These 5 formatting mistakes are turning your résumé into a confusing mess

Remember to keep the look simple and minimize personal tidbits.

Here are some of the leading mistakes I see in résumé formatting. To avoid each, I’ll explain how to structure a winning résumé that will help you secure that lucrative first interview.

Like many other recruiting firms, we use an automated resume parser to gather the key information from your resume. These parsers do not work well with over-formatted and over-designed layouts – Keep it simple!

  • Complex Design
  • Unnecessary Personal Information
  • Unbroken text
  • Too Many Pages
  • Poor layout and page Organization

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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

🚗 How to Overcome a Mid-life Career Crisis

It can be easy to fall victim to a lack of purpose and meaning after a long tenure.

Feeling stuck in a job, or on a career path, is common. You’ve been in your role for a long time and are restless. You find yourself asking, “Is this really what I want to do?” Or, you’re overwhelmed by the pressure of where you should be at your age. You have big dreams but achieving them feels impossible.

Getting unstuck is a challenge. We need to understand how growth works so we can accelerate it. We’re not built to stay in one place; we are hardwired for growth. By stepping back to plan ahead, we can go further, faster. A map can help us understand where and how to jump-start our growth journey. The “S curve of learning,” which helps illustrate this concept, is a visual representation I have developed.

Growth happens in a predictable way. Every skill learned or challenge faced takes the form of a distinct learning curve, the S curve, starting at the relatively flat launch point, moving into the high-incline sweet spot, and once again flattening out at mastery. Once we can pinpoint where we are in the growth process, we can decide what our next step will be.

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Don’t feel like working? Your shifting values may be responsible for your decline in work motivation

Getting the Hybrid Workplace Right – Hint: It Takes ‘Radical Intentionality’

Over the past two years, a lot has changed in the ways we work. According to Microsoft’s latest Work Trend Index, even the “why” of work has shifted, as employees now have great expectations when it comes to what they get out of work and what they’re willing to give in return. 

In my mind, the most compelling finding is that the employees who went home to work in 2020 aren’t the same employees coming back to the office in 2022. To be successful well into the future, employers need to get reacquainted with their people and strike a balance as they strive to find a new normal.

Much of the value of the office lies in the magic of human connection – and that magic requires more planning in a hybrid world. 


At its best, an office is a place for in-person collaboration, team building, and serendipitous connection. At its worst, employees navigate the rush hour commute only to find themselves alone in a sea of cubicles, joining video calls all day and missing the convenience of being down the hall from their refrigerator. 

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