How happy are you in your work on a scale of 1-10, using 10 as ecstatically happy? If your response is less than 7 your career may need reenergising. If this is the case it is likely to affect your morale and your performance. Eventually it may have an impact on your overall well being. The impact on your company is huge; it can result in lost profits, reduced customer service and negative publicity. It will really affect your bottom line.
The ethos of re energising your career is that individuals are responsible for developing their own careers and the paternal relationship that companies once had with their employees, no longer exists. This view does not presume that organizations are not committed to the development of staff; however development is carefully aligned with organizational objectives.
If you are interested in re energising your career you must have a motivation for doing so. You need to feel there is a purpose in expending your energy and you must believe that there is some value in your reward. This strategy involves changing habits and changing behaviour. It may also involve changing the way that you think about yourself and changing the way that others see you.
Re energising your career at work will lead to success in what ever way that it is perceived by you. Successful individuals are more satisfied with their lives; this improves their moods and can help motivation.
Here are good reasons to re energise your career:
□ You’ll identify a purpose which will help to keep you happy, focused and motivated.
□ You’ll be in a good mood; this is good for your own well being and is contagious so it will spread to your colleagues and your customers as well as other areas of your life.
□ You’ll be more likely to go that extra mile in terms of the service that you provide. This will improve the service that we give to our customers and colleagues.
□ We’ll present a positive impression of ourselves to others, increasing our marketability.
□ If we are happy at work, it improves our relationships with others. We are less likely to encounter conflict.
□ Self development will increase your chances of increasing your earnings capacity.
□ It’ll help you to develop a better work life balance.
□ It’ll increase your self esteem and feelings of self worth.
□ You’ll identify strengths as well as development areas
□ You’ll develop new skills
The reasons listed above are personal to an individual. They will also be of benefit to your company. The good news is that the majority of companies don’t really want to lose their staff; they recognise that a company’s key resource is the human capital that exists within it.
How Do We Re energise?
1. Decide Where You Are Now
Consider what you like and dislike about your role and your company. Is there anything that you would like to do more of and anything that you would like to do less of? Consider how much control you have over how the tasks and activities are undertaken. There may be scope for redesigning how you perform your work to improve effectiveness and to stimulate effort.
2. Decide Where You Want To Be
Your review of your role may reveal that you yearn for a change in your career. This may be achieved by a side ways move within your organization or an element of work redesign driven by your new requirements. It is essential to share your personal objectives with your supervisor at your performance appraisal. If you can demonstrate that these are in alignment with organizational objectives your objectives are likely to be supported because your supervisor must balance your objectives with organizational requirements. Before you make your presentation ensure that you have clearly identified the benefits that your objectives will bring to the organization. At this stage it is necessary to be able to identify pre planned action points, this will help to influence your employer and accrue the benefits that you desire.
3. Decide How You Are Going To Get There
This strategy will mean that you need to do something differently. This may be in relation to acquiring additional knowledge and skills or undertaking work projects that will enable you to demonstrate a proven competence in the area that motivates you. It is necessary to undertake a skills audit to identify what you will need to do to meet your objectives. The benefit of this audit is that it will identify your strengths and development areas. Try demonstrating your skills against a person specification for your ideal role, this will help you to identify where your action points lie. This action requires you to be committed to the concept of life long learning. It is essential to undertake continuous professional development by undertaking learning and development activities which may include formal training or work projects.
4 Become a Corporate Player
Employees are informally assessed on discretionary behaviours such as: being flexible with working hours, making constructive suggestions for improvements to work processes and procedures, mentoring others and promoting the organization both internally and externally. Corporate players ensure that there actions are clearly targeted towards organizational functioning. Consider how you would be assessed as a corporate player? Are there any steps that you could take in order to develop this quality? Becoming a corporate player is an essential requirement for individual success.
5. Keep Updated with Trends and Developments
It’s essential to keep updated with trends and developments in relation to your profession and the company itself. One simple strategy is to ensure that you read organizational emails and other literature, this may sound obvious but it’s amazing how many are ignored due to information overload. Dedicate 2 x 2 hour slots a week to read documentation and try to read a quality newspaper; if you can’t manage this every day, do this at least 3 times a week. Join a professional body; this may be by undertaking a course of study or seeking membership through professional competence. Traditionally these bodies meet once a month and often include presentations from key note speakers; an added benefit of this approach is that it will also give you an opportunity to network. Use the information that you gleam to your advantage by considering how it impacts on your company and making constructive suggestions for continuous improvement.
6. Get a Coach
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have highlighted coaching as a key trend in learning and development which affords excellent rates of return. Coaching is the key development strategy of senior managers and directors who may not have the capacity to attend external programmes of study. Coaching achieves results, often in a shorter time span than individual efforts. This saves time and money and increases focus and eliminates stress and procrastination.
7. Get a Mentor
A mentor is a key requirement for organizational progression. Mentors are learned individuals within companies who have “been there and done it” and can help to guide an individual through career transitions. Often mentors are senior managers within companies and can suggest or increase access to development activities, trends and opportunities.
8. Have a Role Model
Identity a role model, they may be known to you or unknown to you. Decide what qualities you admire in the role model and try to model their behaviour or personal qualities in what you do. Research your role models if they are known to you try and arrange a meeting and structure some questions that you would like to raise. If they are unknown to you and in the public eye, read books, attend seminars where they are speaking and watch biographies of them on tv.
9. Develop Presentation Skills
Offer to make presentations in work and out of work to develop your confidence and skills at multi media, voice projection, tone, pace and volume and overall body language. Consider likely questions that may be asked and practice responses to these and strategies for handling resistance to your ideas. Plan effectively and consider how you will engage the audience and add interest to your presentation.
10. Develop a Work Life Balance
An effective corporate player is a fully rounded individual; they have a balance between the organizational good and their own needs. This means that it is essential to develop interests outside of work in order to ensure well being and motivation. Becoming a corporate player ensures that you give the maximum to your company whilst “ working to live, not living to work “. Focus on family and friends and interests and activities outside of work. If you overkill and work becomes a source of stress it will lead to absence and ill health and nobody wins.
11. Create Opportunities for Key Achievements
Key achievements are essential to getting noticed in a company. Establish a proven track record of achievement; a good way of doing this is to become involved in projects, new procedures and event co ordination or to represent your company on external forums. This will get you noticed by the people that matter and often leads to becoming head hunted by managers elsewhere in the company. Arrange publicity to ensure that the people that matter are aware of your achievements.
12. Tune into Company Culture and Folklore
Listen to stories of how successful and unsuccessful individuals are discussed within your organization. What did others do to achieve success? What were the qualities, activities or methods involved? Pay consideration to unsuccessful individuals too, it is likely that their actions or behaviour were not inline with accepted company culture. Any deviations from company culture must be carefully considered and clearly focused towards organizational objectives. Be aware that if you put your head above the parapet there is always the possibility that it will be shot down.
13. Let Key Players Know Your Intentions
Once you have decided on your career goals, let key players know your intentions. This may be done informally through general discussion and also formally via supervision meetings and performance appraisals. Undertake networking with key players by attending company functions and developing relationships with those individuals who can help you to achieve your goals. If you are seen to be a good team player and develop a reputation for giving to others, your profile will rise which will increase access to increased responsibility, departmental moves or project work.
14. Dress for Success
Dress for success in a manner appropriate to your role, company and profession. Consider what you wish your clothes to say about you. Individuals will receive communication from a visual medium and appearance influences this. Grooming is particularly important here, resolve to look as if you have made an effort every day of your life; this increases your self esteem and lets others know that you care about yourself. This is in respect of hair, skin, and clothes, make up, hands and body. Margaret Thatcher was considered to have very masculine personality traits however she was never seen without make up and immaculately styled hair. The world is a stage and you are always on it. Studies undertaken by psychologists have demonstrated that attractive people are often more successful in life and are more likely to be leaders. Don’t confuse attraction with sexuality because this may detract and have the opposite effect and needs to be played down if you wish to be taken seriously in a corporate environment. Undertake an image overhaul find out what suits you and stick to it taking into consideration your age, figure and role.
15. Give Added Value
The reality of modern companies is that employers want employees to give more than their job description dictates; along with undertaking discretionary behaviours they also require individuals to give added value. Added value is a similar concept to “ buy one get one free” . It requires an individual to have a skill or ability in abundance or addition to what’s required for the job role. Examples of this are a manager that can also deliver training or is skilled in occupational assessments, coaching or mentoring or an individual who is fluent in many languages. Discover what skill gives you added value and promote this as your unique selling point.
Denise McCausland is a freelance training consultant who is passionate about Developing, Motivating and Transforming individuals and organizations. Her portfolio of work includes: leadership and management development, cultural change, equalities and diversity, personal effectiveness and workforce development. All programmes designed and developed by Denise are tailor made to the needs of individuals and teams.
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