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“Analytics is knowledge is power.”

– Francis Bacon

Deciding To Make A Change

Are you trying to decide whether you should stay in your current situation or make a change?

You’re not alone. 77% of American workers are disengaged or actively disengaged at work, per Gallup’s 2017 State of The American Workplace ReportThe World Health Organization is now acknowledging “burnout” as an illness. And a 2019 study of 2,000 workers uncovered a figure stating that over 30% of employees experience symptoms of burnout every week.

Having the income we need to afford the lifestyle we want is an essential element to our happiness, however, burnout from work shouldn’t be a part of the equation. This newly released survey happens to include three suggestions for improving your situation:

1. Work for a company with a culture that supports work/life balance
2. Work for a company that supports a flexible working environment
3. Work for a company where you can consistently obtain and share feedback, including clarity of your role and expectations

The findings in this report happen to support what we knew to be true, but now we have data to support it. Check out our “Unleashing Your Highest Potential Planning Worksheet” (attached), which we utilize in workshops with employers and professionals, to help both sides start a conversation about what you need to bring your best to work each day.

In the past, employee engagement and leadership tools focused exclusively on how to improve your situation at work. What’s been missing is the link between your well-being at work and how that can support a better life beyond the office. When your work supports your lifestyle and your lifestyle supports your work in one cohesive strategic plan for an amazing life, we call that your Total Well-Being.

We’ve written a few articles on the topic and have attached a tool that we use in workshops to help employers and professionals talk openly about a path to Total Well-Being, helping your management understand what they can do to empower you to live your best life, both at work and beyond.

We’d like to point out that the conversation we’re talking about is not about sharing your most personal, private and confidential elements of your life. Instead, it is about uncovering the points that both you and your employer do feel comfortable talking about, which won’t cross a human resources, legal or ethical boundary. You must be responsible for exploring the law and guidelines that apply to you, but this should give you a good starting point.


Course Curriculum

Step 1: View our course video
Step 2: Begin by reading pages 1 – 25 in The Top Candidate Playbook and completing the exercises within
Step 3: Document your vision for what you want in your next career move by navigating to My Coaching File > Vision and Goals > Vision & Goals | My Job Search
Step 4: Download and complete the Unleashing Your Highest Potential Planning Worksheet (attached below)
Step 5: Start the conversation with your leadership about what you need to bring your best to work each day
Step 6: 
Set a date to make your decision about whether you will stay or go, allotting enough time for both you and your employer to have a chance to make things work
Step 7: Make a decision to stay or to go so that you can move forward into the life you want for yourself
Step 8:  Keep your notes on one place by going to My Coaching File > Coaching Journal > Job Search | Course Notes 


Personalized Support

private LinkedIn group: join in and connect with other online coaching program participants to share thoughts, ideas and opportunities
resume reviews: connect with Nicki Massman and request your free resume review
graphic design services: request a quote to turn your traditional resume into an infographic or custom designed resume
career coaches: view a list of career coaches recommended by your peers, each with their own unique specialty services
where to look for opportunities: view our list of job boards, places to network, associations to join, executive search firms and more
for students & young professionals: take a look at the resources we’ve prepared just for you
for future entrepreneurs: start here when you’re thinking of freelancing, consulting or starting your own business


Additional Resources


  • The Top Candidate Playbook, Michelle Reeb
  • Start With Why, Simon Sinek
  • Living Forward, Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy
  • Get Clarity, Cathy Hawk & Gary Hawk
  • Think And Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
  • Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
  • Life & Work, Ray Dalio
  • Reinvention Roadmap, Liz Ryan
  • The UnAmerican Dream, Carlos Hidalgo
  • On Fire at Work, Eric Chester
  • Firedancer, Kami Guildner
  • Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Articles / Websites

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Download Our Unleashing Your Highest Potential Worksheet

Course Completion Checklist

  • I have done everything I can to make my work situation the best it can be
  • I have made a decision whether I will stay where I’m at or actively pursue new opportunities