Posts Tagged ‘career’
At Changeboard, we spend our days talking to senior HR professionals across the globe from all specialities and industry sectors. We learn about their successful initiatives, how they inspire their employees, and what they have done to earn their place at the boardroom table. Who better to offer advice than the very HR stars who have carved their own paths and climbed the ladder to the highest rung? Senior HR professionals from MWH Global, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Aviva, DHL Express, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Appleby, Royal Mail, Serco, and Pinsent Masons share their top tips for success. Plus, Josh Bayliss, CEO of Virgin Group offers his advice for HR professional who dream of being on the board. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month I was fortunate enough to receive a career accomplishment award from Pay and Benefits magazine. The award was based on some very kind testimonials from a range of sources, the leadership shown during my career, and a range of other accomplishments. I work in a very ‘grounded’ environment and this award was greeted with both some kind comments but also a recognition of the amount of grey hair necessary to qualify for recognition of this kind!
But setting aside my own circumstances, I wonder what accomplishments HR professionals would wish to be recognised and remembered for?
As the profession has evolved and grown, witnessed by the celebration of the CIPD centenary no less, there has certainly been an increase in formal award/recognition schemes for HR professionals. These acknowledge the contribution by various types of HR practitioners, from directors, business partners, L&D and reward specialists, through to graduates, consultants and specific interventions like talent programmes, diversity initiatives, and recruitment campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want to do something to improve your career prospects, getting a mentor outside your organisation has the quickest return on investment. The power of a mentor is in the opportunity it gives to get third-person perspective from outside your current employer. It is the opportunity for you to discuss your career aspirations with someone who has already been there, seen it and worn the t-shirt. The research on career success reveals that those who actively seek out feedback increase their self-awareness and have a greater likelihood of career success.
You need to give careful thought to mentor selection. It’s not about accessing your mentor’s network to find job opportunities. It’s much more about thinking where you want to be in 3-5 years’ time and more importantly how to get there. The perversity of recruitment means it’s difficult to acquire the skills and experience you need to achieve your career goals. Recruiters hire those who already have the prerequisite skills and experience, not those who aspire. Together with your mentor you can discuss the options open to you. Read the rest of this entry »
100,000 hours is the average time people spend working, commuting and doing work-related activities (including thinking about work) in their lifetime. This is a seriously scary number, don’t you think? How many more waking hours does that mean that you’ll be at work, doing your job, for the rest of your life?
Ask yourself: Am I happy doing the job I’m doing? Is my job the best reason why I get out of bed everyday? Do I love what I’m doing? 50% of working adults in the UK are unhappy in their jobs and are looking for a more rewarding career. Many cite boredom, bullying, lack of career prospects, lack of training and development, and not being valued as some of the key reasons why they’re unhappy.
Are you one of the unhappy 50%?
Consider the prospect of continuing to work for 100,000 hours in your current role. How does that make you feel? Chances are you’ll experience these symptoms on a regular basis: Read the rest of this entry »
A couple of months ago I was reading a glossy fashion magazine and I was amazed when I came across an article that literally crucified women who do not disclose their pregnancy to their current or future employer when applying for a new role.
Just a few months ago, Lord Sugar reported that pregnant women should disclose this ‘particular’ during interviews. It is the old adage: pregnant women are a burden for a company. Is this really the case? With the changes in the Paternity Leave Regulations and the employment law reforms announced in the Queen’s Speech the rules of the game are changing. However the cultural shift has not taken place yet.
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