One year ago, this month I left my corporate job. With the exception of a 9-month period of time in my 30s when I was laid off when the company I worked for closed, 2019 was the first year since I was 15 years old that I hadn’t been steadily employed.
I turned 50 this past year. As that birthday was approaching, I was utterly exhausted and, for the better part of a year, went home at the end of every work day feeling like I was failing. It was time to reassess my priorities. And I’m so glad I did. This past year has given me a new perspective and a new sense of happiness that I don’t think I could have gained any other way.
What led up to the decision to leave my job was that I was losing myself. Somewhere along the way I had burned out. And with that, I lost my passion for my work. I had been struggling with the overwhelming workload for quite some time. And I was failing to achieve the things that gave me satisfaction in my work.
That was coupled with the need to reduce even more staff, the challenges of finding good people to fill the critical vacancies we did have, the need to make some major system redesign changes and the continued increasing expectations that came with being an executive in a high performing health care organization - the pressures just continued to increase.
Laurie is an experienced Human Resources executive who is passionate about organizational culture, creating great workplaces and employee engagement.