Priorities changed on Sept. 11

By Barbara Moses
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/13/2001

I typically start my workshops and speeches with an overview of key work trends — the search for work-life balance, high-octane free-agent workplaces, intense productivity pressures, bold cocky workers who will vote with their feet if their need for learning and life balance are not met.

But the events of Sept. 11 have left this kind of rhetoric sounding if not exactly hollow, then somehow beside the point. Although these workplace trends have not come to a screeching halt, the way people feel about their lives and work has changed.

Have the events of Sept 11 affected how you think and feel about work, and what you expect from it? If your answer is “yes,” then you are like the approximately 75 per cent of people to whom I have posed this question in recent weeks.