Dealing with a mid-career malaise

At the individual level

  • Recognize that mid-career dissatisfaction is a normal and temporary stage.
  • There is hope at the end of the tunnel.
  • It is OK to feel regret from unmet aspirations.

At the company level

  • HR could create mid-career mentoring programs where those in a mid-career low can learn from their older colleagues who already went through it.
  • Corporate culture can openly address mid-career discontent. To support employees in this process, they can help them explore new opportunities in the firm.

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