No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ~John Donne
Contrary to (my) popular belief, my opinion is not the only one on the planet. My way of thinking on a particular subject is not the only way to think about a subject.
As many of you may remember (who wants to?), I wrote a blog a while back about my work title changing to “writer”, and that I was going to do my best to write company blogs and emails and whatever scraps were tossed my way.
Well, months later, and I’m not writing much at all. My company is going through a “transition” (always a great phrase when you don’t know what’s going on), and I often feel that because I’m older I’m being slowly but surely shown the proverbial door. It is a baby boomer point of view.
That’s my island.
Yesterday I read a blog from Blue Settia about the Generation Gap in the Workplace. It is a piece on the problems in the workplace from someone on the other side of the work cycle — someone 40 years younger than me. And she is going through the madness from a millennial point of view.
That is her island.
And it made me realize that corporate America (and other countries) still has a hard time bridging the age gap when it comes to making their employees feel important. Like their contributions matter. And that it’s not just my generation who is feeling the pressure of acceptance and getting along.
I realize a big company cannot cater to the egos of a hundred, a thousand, employees. Everyone has their own needs, their own insecurities, their own drives. And a company’s main thrust has always been, and will always be, making money first.
But when good, hard working people want to contribute, and their ambitions are not heard, what is the point?
Is a paycheck only a means to an end?
The point of today’s blog is to show that you are NOT an island unto yourself. That, unknown to you, there are others going through the frustrations and missed opportunities of becoming more than you are today. The business world is my commuter island today; for others it’s motherhood, their health, finding a job.
Whenever you think the world has passed you by, talk to someone else who is younger, older, or more seasoned. Talk to a stay-at-home mother, a friend who barely makes it living check to check, or someone who is management.
Listen to what each has to say. Really listen. Island hop. You may be surprised how many islands are really connected to yours.
And enjoy that island breeze together.
7 thoughts on “No Woman (or Man) Is An Island”
It happens all the time. I guess we can’t really take it too personally, though, because we all get older sooner or later.
It is indeed almost impossible. But it IS possible. I am living proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
But so often we want to believe we are all by ourselves….
I completely understand how you feel. Young people think they know everything, they have not the experience older people have but usually they are cheaper for the company so… As I was my own boss I didn’t have that experience but my husband suffered from it, and I hear this story from many others.
Listen? oh dear, that is a toughie when one is frustrated and thinking that the world has turned against them. But but, it is very good advice
An insightful post Claudia, and yes we are but a pebble on this big rock…..
Good post Claudia. I agree with you, big companies do not have the manpower to cater to each individual employee’s needs. In my opinion I think employers are getting better at acknowledging he different age groups in their companies and better serving their employees based upon what they learn. It is an awkward stage to be in, especially as a millennial because for example much of the wiser generation are unfamiliar with a lot of technology tools and programs and this makes it difficult to show boomers how to get their work done faster/more efficiently using technology. Rather, they prefer to use what they know.
Thank you for posting! and thank you for crediting my blog!