I have been a motivational speaker for over 15 years.
When I started my career, I gave leadership speeches called the Joy of Work. The intention was to help people rediscover the joy in their work.
The trouble is I would interview people and very often discover that they had miserable jobs. I could not figure out how to find the Joy in their job. In fact, I would often think, wow I guess somebody has to do that job, so glad it's not me!
Most people reported being overworked, having a lot of politics that tied up decision making and aggravated them. Some reported their job was a combination of the routine and boring with hassles and frustrations squeezed in between. Many also complained they work for a jerk that made their life miserable.
Try to find Joy in that!
Fast forward 15 years later and it looks like jobs have changed a lot. For most people, the job they had 15 years ago is nowhere near the job they have today.
However, the complaints are much the same. People are still overwhelmed and exhausted while policies and politics still consume workplaces. Add to this that many, many people can't plan their day because so many interruptions and frustrations come up along the way.
One of the more interesting things that has evolved is younger professionals have entered the scene and are not willing to put up with some of the chaos they see their older colleagues dutifully participating in. This has impacted work cultures substantially as they struggle to either accomodate, respond or simply stay afloat. Some workplaces have embraced younger generations and their vitality and others simply tolerate them.
Technology has dramatically changed the way we do our work. Due to excessive multi tasking and constant connection, people are much more distracted than ever. To cut through the clutter, to get and keep people's attention and continue to motivate and inspire them is the most important and hard to