Monday, May 14, 2007

United Kingdom: "Zenployment" Survey Shows Older Workers Searching for "Fulfillment"

According to a survey released by Norwich Union, 66% of British employees say they are "unfulfilled", "miserable" or "drifting" in their jobs, 52% claim they'd happily earn less money in a role that made them feel better about themselves, and 47% say they aim to be in a second career that offers fulfillment and the chance to make a difference ("Zenployment") by the age of 45. William Nelson, of trend analysts the Future Foundation, said: "The ethical and spiritual dimensions of work therefore are more of a priority, and people want to believe their careers contribute towards a better future - not just for themselves but for society as a whole."

The survey also found that withdrawal from work is being rejected in favor of Zenployment, with 50% saying they will not follow the traditional retirement path of their parents and 52% not aiming to put their feet up in a country cottage or villa abroad. In addition, 66% of those aged 45-54 and 72% over 55s are seeing an increasing number of their friends move into second careers.

Source: Norwich Union News Release (May 11, 2007)

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