Work and its influence on us
Work plays an incredibly influential role in our lives, instructing us when to get up, what to wear, what to have for lunch, who to talk to and often how we identify ourselves when introduced to strangers.
It helps shape our identity and can contribute to our well-being in a positive way by giving a sense of purpose, accomplishment and stimulation.
For the many Baby boomers who are not ready to retire I work with them to negotiate a better outcome for their later working years, either in an existing role or at a new work place.
By identifying an individuals' deep or tacit knowledge, I give them the edge they need to negotiate a different work outcome such as a phased retirement.
For those older workers who have been made redundant and want to keep working, I use their deep knowledge to look more broadly at new work options or for an advantage over other job seekers.
The Art of Serious Leisure and older adults
We have never been trained for leisure yet many Australians are facing at least twenty years out of work once they retire. Without an awareness of how to find meaning, stimulation, purpose and challenge in retirement, the life of leisure can become an unwanted dream.
While many people enjoy leisure during their working years, the removal of paid work often leads to a loss of context for leisure - it is no longer the reward for the effort of work.
Fulfilling leisure provides the individual with intrinsic benefits such as:
To instil a strong and life long leisure ethic it is important to understand the relationship between work, time and leisure.