Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Corporate Piece

This clip art does not depict chair-yoga. It shows an exhausted person at his job and summarizes the 'story of the corporate piece'. 

I am currently in the process of conducting 'needs assessments' for small and medium sized businesses. Unlike private consultations, where I put together the pieces of the puzzle of an individual life story, office-staff tell quite a different genre!

I hear from men who wake up exhausted as they have slept late, after fulfilling household tasks and tackling office e-mails. I see sleep-deprived women who have worked late into the night on creating business presentations after putting their kids to bed.

They show up to work on empty stomachs after consuming several cups of coffee, some artificially sweetened. They have organized or packed lunches for their school-age kids but not had time to think through their own meal plans.

Not many at work have the time to notice the aroma of their catered food, let alone the beauty of their rainbow colored summer salad. Talking shop throughout, they shovel in mouthfuls, barely even tasting the food and without registering cues of satiety or hunger.

They tell of depleted energy levels after a day at work that involved an endless series of conference calls and meetings. They talk of rising tensions amongst team members as they struggle to get quality work done on time.

The majority will brave traffic on their way home. The thought of a hot meal over family conversation is far from the reality that awaits them as they first detour to pick up tired kids from their scheduled activities.

Once home, they may succeed in putting together a wholesome meal for the family or more likely tear open a microwavable dinner that is not reflective of their six-figure salary.

All good intentions of an after-dinner walk are put to rest as clean up and bedtime routines take over. The cycle repeats itself until the end of the ‘work week’, which no longer means Friday evening. It is to the backdrop of this culture that The Missing Peace will customize interventions to change the status quo and promise a happy ending!

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