1. Survival Consciousness:
Financial security is a basic need of all employees. Everyone who works desires some security and sufficient income. This is the issue that raises the greatest fears in employees. When we are too entrenched in this level of consciousness we become preoccupied with money and controlling the future. There is a lack of trust at this level, a view of the world as intrinsically hostile, and a fear of change.
2. Relationship Consciousness:
The need to form friendships among colleagues. When too entrenched at this level, the need for relationship is driven by fear and codependency. There is a focus on getting from others what you need. Some people at this level sacrifice their desires and suppress their feelings in order to maintain their membership with the group. Truth and creativity can be sacrificed. At this level, loyalty to one’s colleagues is more important than loyalty to the company.
3. Self-Esteem Consciousness:
The need to gain respect, improve salary and /or position. Feelings of self-worth are derived externally which can lead to an imbalance in life – working long hours, traveling continuously, sacrificing time with family and friends. Identity is tied to work to such an extent that termination or early retirement is truly devastating.
4. Transformation Consciousness:
At this level, there is a willingness to reexamine beliefs about personal vision and mission. These folks are willing to express who they really are. This stage is often sparked by a crisis in personal live or challenging experiences at work. There is a shift to conscious choice – from living in fear to living in truth. There is a loosening of the need for control and a shift towards trust. There is a quest to answer the big questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”
5. Organization Consciousness:
The principal focus at this level of employee consciousness is the search for meaning through work. People at this level seek to improve their effectiveness and understand that their self-interest is best served by supporting the good of the whole. They actively share, network, and express their values. They use their intuition and creativity and are life-long learners. They work in integrity, demonstrate good interpersonal skills and are effective on teams. Play and fun is an integral part of work.
6. Community Consciousness:
At this level, making a difference in the world is the principal focus. Sense of responsibility expands from the organization to include the local community. Folks at this level are concerned about environmental and social issues. Extrinsic rewards are not as important as personal fulfillment. They are willing to work hard – maintaining balance may be a challenge.
7. Society Consciousness:
The principal focus at this level is service. There is a world view and an interest in international affairs. People at this level are concerned about ethics and solutions. They are aware of the world as a complex web of interconnectedness. They are the visionaries, wanting to be sure their organization has a beneficial impact on the world. They require periods of solitude and meditation for their well-being.
What levels do you find yourself in – the lower 3 or higher? Many of my coaching clients come to me when they are ready to take the leap to level 4. Are you ready? Taking time to examine your beliefs and assumptions are the first steps toward living YOUR life!
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Ann Ronan, Ph.D., Founder of Authentic Life Institute, has been involved in adult education, career development, coaching and training for 15 years. A former staff member of Brown University and faculty member of Loma Linda University, Ann co-authored 'When Work Isn't Working: Spirituality in the Workplace 101.' She has been a featured speaker/trainer at more than 100 local, regional and national conferences and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org