A totally “cool” thing to do
The things I don’t understand…
I’m still on the uphill ride to my mid forties, nearer to 45 than I am to 50. From where I sit in my relative youth, 50 seems a mysterious “young-old” sort of age, with rules all it’s own. For example:
- You are old enough to be taken seriously (or so it seems to me)…yet you are young enough to stand up on the bus, should you so choose.
- You are old enough to have reached seniority in your field (hopefully)…yet you are young enough to embark on a new career or two, should you so choose.
Recently a colleague apologised to me for saying “cool” as he felt it wasn’t very becoming for a 50 year old man. Never mind he has a “totally cool” sense of humour and can make me laugh with a hilarious impression of a side-tackle that leaves me still chuckling weeks afterwards.
Apparently there are some things that just aren’t said when your age starts with a 5. Even when you have a sense of humour!!
But I’m not sure I understand this. To me the word “cool” brings a sense of lightheartedness that I hope I can use in conversation for many years yet. It sounds like fun to shock younger generations with it’s frequent and inappropriate use. Cool huh?
And that’s not all..
But, if this was the only thing I didn’t understand I’d be lucky. There’s a lot more not so fun and lighthearted things I don’t understand.
Despite my level of education and 20 year workforce experience there are still plenty of things I don’t understand. Especially about work. I wonder if, at 50, I’ll reach the magical age of insight and will understand some of the things I’m struggling to “get” during my 40s. Things like:
- Why do we still have such a divide between employer and employee?
- Why do workplaces pay us for how many days we show up rather than our outputs or achievements?
- Why does occupational health and safety activity concentrate more on physical injury than psychological injury?
- Why is there so little understanding of mental health issues in workplaces, when this is such a common problem in our society?
- Why do workplace bullies always seem to get away with it?
- Why do victims of bullies seem to get punished again by the process of complaints and compensation?
Maybe I won’t understand all these things by the time I’m 50. Certainly society itself does not yet seem to understand them.
But what I do know…
But I know one thing for sure, whether or not I understand, I’m going to do my best to do something about these things.
- I want to help employees, managers and organisations understand more about mental health issues in the workplace.
- I want to help employees, managers and organisations design mental health promoting workplaces and cultures.
- I want to help give bullying the boot.
And that, I think, will be a totally “cool” thing to do.
- Letters to a workplace bully
- “Work-life balance” is all wrong
- I wish my job had duck feet
- The secret life of work
- Mind full…or mindful at work?
- Do you “belong” at work, or just “fit in”?