If your festive holiday break feels like a distant memory and you need some encouragement to get focused for 2018, these 7 ideas may help you.
1. Set goals. Even if you’re not in the habit of setting goals, make a point to identify where you are now and where you want to be by the end of the year. This may involve career goals, learning goals, fitness goals, whatever is important to you – plan a goal and breakdown how you are going to achieve it.
2. Document your successes. Take stock of your accomplishments. Make a list of what you’ve done so that when you are applying for a new role, internally or externally you have accomplishments to discuss.
If you don’t plan, how will you know when you have achieved your goal?
With the business world talking about agility, failing fast and moving on, maybe we don’t need to plan too much anymore. Maybe if we plan too much, we are in fact only planning to fail, because we don’t take advantage of opportunities as they arise? Who knows?
My advice for 2018 is simply to have a goal. Think what you want to achieve then be flexible about how you achieve it. Life is not a straight line from a to z, nor should it be. The fun is in the ups and downs and the roads to the right and left. As long as you are moving ahead, life is good.
Like a lot of professional services firms, Selection Partners have had a great year. We have grown our team, we have moved into our new headquarters in the Melbourne CBD and we have opened a new office in Sydney. However, we’ve lost a couple of our founding team members and while we are sad to lose them, this also gave us a chance to reflect.
I am a big fan of looking forward. From a pure economic point of view, the world is in a good place. Every major economy in the world is starting to perform at pre GFC levels. Locally we have a lot of cranes in the sky and holes in the ground. Couple this with governments, both State and Federal, investing heavily in infrastructure; we are set for a few good years.
The Selection Partners Sydney Office capped off a great year with a celebration in style at the Workclub Sydney Offices. A live band entertained guests whilst Ken and Domenica mixed up a storm (and a mean negroni) at the bar. Guests revelled well into the night.
Selection Partners Principal in Sydney Amy Cato said ‘we are really proud of what the Sydney office has built in such a short amount of time. 2018 is already looking busy with recruitment and diversity consulting pre booked so we took this opportunity to let our hair down and reflect on the success of the past year.’
With the unemployment rate hovering around the 5.5%, finding and keeping great people is vital to organisational success. If a good employee needs to work flexibly after returning from parental leave or for carers leave or for some other equally important and valid reason, it’s important to implement this smoothly both for them and for others in the organisation.
To follow are some key strategies for implementing flexible work successfully you need to consider.
- Get designing: Integrate flexibility into job descriptions, job and work design, and teams; integrate flexibility into performance reviews & development plans; assess performance on outcomes, and recognise outcomes can be met in different ways; treat flexibility as a management deliverable; explore possibilities of technology and alternative work strategies.