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WorkEcology’s Women in Sustainability

I am pleased to announce the formation of a professional association for women, WorkEcology’s Women in Sustainability

With the decline in the number of jobs available, talented and competent people are having to rethink how they guide and manage their career for sustainability based on a new form of networking that sustains your capacity to stay healthy and work within a healthy economy of sustainable value.

Women educated in the STEM competencies have a strong intent to work sustainably so they can assure their health and sustain their financial position.

While women are “natural networkers,” this professional association is designed to mentor you into a format of networking and professional thought that has you strategically use your intelligence and education in a work world shaping a sustainable economy of health for today’s workforce.

What women is this association for?  Women who work in science, technology, engineering and math.

What will participation offer you? An introduction to a new form of networking that will educate you to the principles and values of portfolio work

What is Portfolio Work?

The 2008 financial market meltdown brought to the forefront a pattern of protecting shareholder value through layoffs, downsizing and outsourcing that began in the mid-1980s.

This method of managing profit and productivity has led to low employee morale, growing job dissatisfaction and a rising increase in work-related medical issues from stress and occupational hazards that cost Americans $500 billion in health care expenditures per year.

In contrast, the European Union (a 25-country alliance) now measures the most successful economy in the world with a GDP of $10.5 trillion that is home to 140 Fortune 500 as compared to 50 in the U.S.

The EU is half the landmass of the U.S. Culturally, its citizens “work to live” as a way to have a life that includes for most six weeks paid vacation.

The greatest difference between the EU and the USA is how people work. In Europe, there is a far better quality of work life and far less income inequality.
Quality performance is managed by companies that pay well and provide the environments in which workers can network and learn by breaking apart hierarchies and tightly controlled systems of delegation. In the U.S., fewer than 15 percent of companies work this way.

This approach to work encourages productivity and profits by replacing the idea of “job security” with the concept of any worker gaining stable employment by
performing a series of challenging assignments and doing them well.

This assumes that the worker gives a  high degree of service and intelligence by “working smart” rather than “working harder or more.”

As a result of working this way, workers can build a quality portfolio of work that keeps them continuously employed.  On the job, you can identify and distinguish a portfolio worker by watching the way s/he:

  • Exercises a distinct expertise that grows in depth;
  • Solves problems through various forms of networking;
  • Links work into a process of continuous learning that is not employer dependent;
  • Builds career stability through reputation and actual service rather than through employer dependency.

Portfolio workers learn and join in work with others through consciously defined work practices that go well beyond the behaviors of “who do you know?”

And grow from “who have you worked with and what have you learned with them?”

So while most workers cannot change an entire company, an individual can shift personal thinking and actions to influence change on the job that brings more
job satisfaction by:

  • Taking the time to reexamine your personal values;
  • Initiating a personal learning strategy;
  • Identifying who you want to learn with and gaining their cooperation;
  • Taking the initiative to apply what you learn on the job; and
  • Personally documenting and measuring the value you contribute to others on specific projects which you staff.

By shaping your career as a portfolio of learning and accomplishment, you can guide yourself to your next job or shape your own business with clients in service
of high performance work for growing job satisfaction that can result in you sustaining your income and protecting or building your assets.

How can I get involved in this new association?

The first group of women to form in association with each other in the Boston Area, will begin meeting on Monday, June 20th in a metro north community outside Boston.

Cost: The fee for each monthly meeting/class is $35.00 or $300.00 for annual participation (savings of $70.00)

Location: Metro Boston meetups are arranged at Panera Bread in support of Panera’s community approach to giving back.

Lavinia Weissman, founder of this association, can provide coaching and support to groups that which to form anywhere in the globe.  For more information, contact Lavinia @wecarehealth or in email.

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