leaving employee wellness to return to teaching

April 1, 2012

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i was planning to use my upcoming vacation to contemplate whether i wanted to leave this work and pursue teaching english and drama.

i’ve been feeling discouraged about the progress we’re making in the world of employee wellness. it’s a sisyphean and thankless task to ask employers to consider their employees’ “whole self.” while i strained to keep faith that we were making headway, my optimism’s been wavering.

i don’t know whether the projected slaying of the health care reform law hastened my decision. but i do know that i’m ready to say today…to say now…that i plan on closing up context and returning to school to get my teaching certification. i want to teach english to high school students. teaching was what i initially set out to do before i found my way to HR and consulting.

students’ interest in shakespeare may not exceed that of employers’ interest in quick and piecemeal fixes, of course. i’ll know that in due time. for now, though, i’m going to give teaching a whirl and see whether it makes me feel i’m supporting change in our world.

this was a tough decision. i’m sure i’ll have moments of regret and “what ifs.” i thank all of you for your support, advice and readership. it’s been a joyous experience writing for free-range, growing cohealth, and working with context’s clients. and this post’s been a wonderful way to yank your chain.

happy april fools’ day.


p.s. that part about vacation? that was no joke. i’m tuning out and turning off until april 9.

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Jason Lauritsen (@JasonLauritsen) April 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Wow, Fran. I’m not sure how to feel. On the one hand, good for you! I’m always excited to see friends take bold and meaningful steps to move their lives closer to their ideal or to a more significant sense of purpose. But, on the other hand, this is a huge loss for the practice and promise of corporate wellness. You will be missed. Best of luck to you as you turn this page to a new chapter of your life. I am proud of you.


Jason Lauritsen (@JasonLauritsen) April 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

And, as I press the submit key, I realize that today is April 1. I hope this is an April fool’s joke and that I am the biggest of the fools. 😉


fran April 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

yes, you’re right. april fools’. i can’t resist a good prank. i did decide to update it with the big reveal at the end.


Elizabeth Borton April 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

Ya got me good Fran! My jaw dropped as I read your post. Have a great vacation and DO come back. Employers need you more than ever!


fran April 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

thanks, elizabeth. i’ll be back. (said in foreboding austrian accent)



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