Time to manage mid-career crisis situations with tactBy virtue of having served in various senior positions in HR in different organizations, some references are often made to me about some mid-career crisis situation in the past two months. Well, the virus is still very active and wage freezes have been announced in many places. Inflation is rising. Many have also lost their jobs.
However, the mid-career crisis of existing employees is even more severe. In a particular case, an HR professional with several years of experience ( at least two decades) in various roles is now trapped in a fairly good food products organization. Since there is fresh competition from the unorganized sector and people have stopped buying the branded products in a big way, this fellow is not able to get his full salary. Changing his job is not at all easy, as the existing HR guys are somehow managing to stay put in their jobs, wherever they are. I counselled him to change over to an organization manufacturing paper in a North Indian destination. He has no choice. This organization has not been affected and the role is challenging.
Similarly, those who have children well settled in good schools in metros like Chennai will do well to go anywhere in India, even if the transfer is to a corner of the country. The family should stay in the same place. No one should risk taking the family along, in these dangerous times, when the COVID menace is expected to last till the end of 2022, according to some experts. Even if the boss is a horrible guy, grin and bear it is the advice I often give to anyone who wants my advice.
The family security is also very important in these tough times and it is stupid to be hasty in these tiems.