If only you had come to me sooner, for no other reason that to save the pain and frustration you’ve experienced for the last six months and for some a year or longer.

My heart goes out to those who find themselves unappreciated, under-utilized and in some cases down-right abused during work. Others tell me of experiences of no structure, no support and no opportunity to grow. It’s these folks who turn into my career transition clients. They have become disenfranchised with their corporate experiences and are desperate for a congenial environment that enables their growth and ability to make a real difference in the world.

Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum of disenfranchisement with corporate realities, realize you are not alone! Recent data indicates nearly 80%, at 77.8% of employees are either disengaged or actively disengaged, the latter equating to 17% (almost 1 out of every 5 employees) of the total, who are actively disengaged. Did you know, active disengagement is personified by literal sabotage in the work environment?
Knowing that you’re not alone may be little comfort at this point. But please don’t lose hope!

While immersed in a toxic environment it may seem like you are trapped and may even start believing, “you’re not good enough”. To this I like to share a favorite quote of mine, by Albert Einstein, (and we all know he was pretty bright!;) “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

A bad job fit is a bad job fit. We can not change others. And we must avoid the self-sabotage of telling ourselves, “if I was good enough, I could make it work”. Somethings are out of our control.

The good news is becoming aware of these thoughts and feelings and focusing on the solution will give you the clarity, energy and confidence to take action!
Once you begin to take action, you will feel an immediate sense of relief, knowing YOU are not waiting for things to get better at work, YOU are taking proactive steps to design the kind of life you want to lead.

Your first step is to assess how you feel right now about your work and the environment, where you are in your career and where you want to go.
Next, reach out to others and talk about your interests to gain perspective on availability of opportunities and projected job growth.

After this, you may want to think about reaching out to a recognized HR Consultant and Resume Writer to discuss career marketing and how to best target your experiences to your next career objective.

Finally, once you have established a new professional resume and populated a revised LinkedIn Profile, it’s time to reach out to your network and begin your job search.
Remember, you are not alone and there are many who want to see you reach your highest capabilities. Seek out these resources and helpers. The true “givers” want to help you as much as you want help!

By: Ryan McShane, President, HR Evolution LLC,  RyanM@marc3solutions.com

HR Evolution provides small to medium sized businesses Fortune 500 Level Resources, creating “High Performance Organizations” with Greater Profit, Top Talent, and Outstanding Culture.

Contact Ryan to get the results that, elevate individuals and organizations to their highest potential.

View Ryan’s website at:  www.HRevolutionllc.com


Ryan McShane is the President/CEO of HR Evolution, LLC a consulting firm specializing in Human Resources, Leadership Development and Career Transitions Consulting. Prior to that, Ryan worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, learning the various cultural norms, principles and practices of each sector and applying that learning to create High Performance Leaders and Organizations today throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ryan is also the immediate past president for the largest Local SHRM Chapter in the state of Maryland, Chesapeake Human Resource Association, (CHRA). Ryan’s professional affiliations include serving on the Board of Chesapeake Human Resource Association (CHRA), Board member and Membership Director of Hunt Valley Business Forum, a founding member of Conscious Capitalism- Central Maryland, a Member of York, PA’s local SHRM chapter, a Member of UMBC’s Instructional Systems Development (ISD) Advisory Board, and a former Member of the Boomer Council, an advisory council focusing on civic engagement and mature workforce strategies. Ryan is passionate about creating and leveraging existing tools and systems to enable both individuals and organizations to achieve their highest potential through greater awareness and a conscious approach to workforce management, honoring all stakeholders, wherein equal consideration is given to People, Planet and Profit.