Is this you?
Do you follow a different set of values at work than you do at home? Do you feel compelled to work nights and weekends, or feel guilty when not working? Has your work life caused you to seek treatment for depression? Has the number of hours you work impacted your energy, family, or sex life? Do you feel stuck, and do you want a better life?
You are not alone
According to an executive job coach in Silicon Valley, the most common first question he gets, after discussing confidentiality, is “How do I get my life back?”
The answer is not in the stars, but in ourselves, in our values. There was a time in my life when I lived in the corporate vortex. I got my life back by first recognizing that the company was the highest priority in my life, and that this excess devotion was a modern form idolatry. Yes, I mean that statue worshipping thing. Corporate Idolatry is excessive devotion to your corporate employer.
There is a way out. Reconnect with your core values, and put the people in your life ahead of the company. Do this, and everything else will sort itself out.
This blog explores the issues that surround corporate devotion and its cure, including corporate culture, boundaries, balance, workplace trust, personal identity, community and of course values.