Future Shlock

What’s the one gift that keeps on giving?

Hey you! Put down that gaming system that will be next year’s donation. And while you are at it, does sonny really need another ski sweater? ‘Tis the season of giving, but at what cost?


People tell me all the time how stuck they feel in their jobs. They say they have to stay to pay the bills. But what if you were free to choose whether or not you stayed or left your current employer? What would that feel like? For most people, the idea of being able to choose would be liberating. If they decided to remain in their positions, most likely they would do so with a cheerful disposition. This would then translate to better service and happier customers. Continuing along this train of thought, your company would become more profitable and you might increase your earning potential.

Unfortunately, too many people get caught in the commercialism of the season. They spend more than what they have and buy presents that people neither want nor need. They have no choice but to remain in a job they despise because their credit card company doesn’t care about their level of happiness. They just want timely payments.

Vow to be different this year. Give the gift of time. Vow to take your mom to the Botanical Gardens she’s been talking about visiting for the past ten years or take your son on that outing you’ve been promising since he was old enough to walk. If you decide to purchase gifts, do so with a budget in mind.

‘Tis the season of giving and that includes giving yourself the peace of mind to begin the New Year in a job of your choosing.

Roberta Chinsky Matuson is the President of Human Resource Solutions and author of the forthcoming book, Suddenly in Charge! Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, January 2011). Visit Roberta’s Blog on the Generations at Work or her Linked-in Group Suddenly in Charge! Sign up to receive a complimentary subscription to Roberta’s monthly newsletter, HR Matters

About the author

For more than 25 years, Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies, including Best Buy, New Balance, The Boston Beer Company and small to medium-size businesses, achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She is known world-wide as “The Talent Maximizer®.” Roberta, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, is the author of the top-selling book, Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, 2011), a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book For Leaders.