Hi, it is me again - and today I have been inspired to write another post on #wellbeing at work.
Wellbeing at work is often disregarded or more accurately not paid enough attention to. As one of my best friends wisely pointed out, the more early career we are - the more challenging it is for us to separate emotion from work. This is not because the early careers cannot accomplish or complete the projects, it is simply caused by the lack of professional experience, and the more we advance through our careers - the more we learn.
It is for this reason that it is crucial to have a professional HR practice in place to make early careers feel welcome at the start of their professional journeys and to give them the guidance and structure that is much needed. In fact, it does not matter whether you are an early career or a senior professional - we all need guidance and support.
Wellbeing at work is not created by the lack of respect nor by defensive attitude towards everything that is being said. The employees need to feel appreciated, respected and heard - and this is what makes employees loyal to the company in the long term. Of course, it happens so that the company is in high season of activity and there is a general stress all over the company - but it's important not to project the stress onto your employees by defusing only half of the information. Trust me, we'd rather hear the bitter truth than hear the sweet lies and then find ourselves tangles in impossible deadlines.
As a suggestion, it is a good practice to have weekly check ins with your employees, outline priorities for the week and set out a roadmap for the quarter/month/year. It is also important to ensure that your employees have the space and time for their personal activities.
Honestly, if it was not for my friends (a big shout out to you guys) or for my family, I would struggle in today's fast paced environment. For someone who is organised and responsible - it is a challenge to follow the pace of the company with little structure.
In any case, this is just a little reminder to all of us out there that work is just work and we have other matters that are more important in our lives and all is relative, and one should prioritise their own well being before anything else.
The dynamics of today's employee turnover is quite different to the one of a few years ago and it is time we start questioning this change. More and more employees opt to quit their jobs in a couple of years for the reasons that are not necessarily related to salary or maybe indirectly related to salary. In business schools students take classes like change management, Human Resources, and business management and in all of these courses, students are taught that the working conditions go beyond salary expectations. Working conditions refer to the team environment, respect of the others, appreciation, being able to express your ideas and have an opportunity to hang out with your colleagues after work at least once a month to get to to know each other better.
Sadly, many companies choose to ignore the soft skills or the intangible circumstances and turn the blind eye. As a result, this gives a rise to uncalled bullying at work, games of hierarchy, stress, as employees no longer want to go to work and eventually burnout. The rate of a burnout has been increasing in the last five years, and we are just standing by and watching this happen. So what can we do to try and change this and would would make our employees more comfortable and loyal to work without burning out?
Here's the list of my top 10 things that matter to employees at work:
The other thing is that you cannot be friends with your employees, and yes there should be mutual trust and friendly environment, but there should be a few rules and regulations in place, just to give employees at least some structure.
If you have any ideas or comments, or would like to share your experiences do not hesitate to get in touch.
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I was struggling with the post title and the post itself, to be honest, so just bare with me. As many of you may know I quit my job last December and was full of ideas for my next step: relocation, starting my own business, travelling. A few months later, I have found myself still in Switzerland at a new job, which is challenging in many ways and today, I wanted to share with you my experience of finding myself, finding the new job and also what it was like for me to be unemployed for a few weeks.
During this transition, I was unemployed for a few weeks and honestly, I enjoyed the time that I had for me. I finally had time to focus on myself and clear my head. It is important to have the time in between jobs to clear your head, simply because diving into a new job search without knowing clearly what you are looking for can be a struggle. So that is what I did the first two weeks out of job:
Before I launched my job seeking websites, I sat down with pen and paper and identified potential areas/industries that were interesting for me: Pharma, MedTech, Publishing, Fashion & Apparel
I then also identified countries, where I would like to work and live: Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, UK, Switzerland.
My search was then quickly narrowed to French/English speaking countries, for obvious reasons. My heart broke for a second there, but I know that sooner or later I will be living in Stockholm, or maybe at least dream about it. Anyway, the next few days were in research mode: researching companies, potential opportunities and where I fit in within these companies.
How to help you focus/narrow your search:
I have to admit what helped me immensely was my friend who works in HR and she was amazing in helping me structure my CV and give advice on what to look out for and how to get your CV noticed. Thank you Camille.
Websites that may help you in your job search:
Shortly after sending in various applications, I started receiving phone calls for interviews, and then the conflicting has begun. It was not easy on the phone to hear "sorry we selected someone else" or receive negative responses, but the key is to be motivated and never give up. I also kept the attitude that the right opportunity will knock on my door when I least expect it - and it did.
*I am happy to share more on my prep for interviews//CV in private, so do not hesitate to message me here or on LinkedIn.
I will soon do a separate post on integrating in the new company and share my experience with you. If you have any specific requests in this regards, PM me.
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