With workers in a position of power, our workplaces are changing. These changes impact the employed and the unemployed. This gives each of us a chance to reimagine our workplace.
The pandemic has workers wanting more from their jobs and their employers. Employees want to feel their employer and managers care about them. They want more freedom and flexibility. And they want to be paid fairly for the work they are doing. Getting all these shouldn t be too much to ask for.
With millions of workers quitting their jobs over the past several months, employers find themselves on the defensive, trying new ways to hold on to employees.
This mass exodus is happening at a point when companies are trying to hire up after a two-year pandemic. Further stressing the workloads of talent acquisition and hiring managers.
Most of the topics covered in this week s summary address changes in the workplace. It doesn t matter if you are employed or unemployed right now. You should understand these changes and what they mean to you as a job seeker and as an employee. Never before have workers had this much power or influence over their work.
Use these circumstances to your advantage and reimagine what you need work to be.
Here s what you ll find in this week s Summary Sunday:
Workers leave to find a company that cares
Monitoring remote employees
How honest to be in exit interviews
The rise in stay interviews
Abolish the 9-5 workday
Internal mobility disconnect
LinkedIn settings for undercover job search
Online application tips
Interview prep tips
The many benefits of journaling
There are a lot of articles, but they paint a picture. Never before have workers had so much power and the ability to work under conditions that truly work for them. I hope you ll seize the opportunity and make it work for you.
43.2% saying they don t have enough opportunities for internal mobility
48% of employees say their managers don t seem open to them switching roles within the organization.
86% of employers are looking to hire internally to fill open positions.
90% of large employers said that employees had enough opportunity to job-hop within the company.
Managing Your LinkedIn Settings for a Stealth Job Search | Job-Hunt.org
Recruiter and job search advocate, Ed Han, explains:
Being in stealth mode can be a very good idea if you are currently employed and want to protect your income stream.
By stealth mode, I am referring to engaging in activity on LinkedIn that is not broadcast to your network.
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Advice from 5 job search coaches can help you stand out and improve the effectiveness of your online applications.
If you’ve ever been employed at a typical company in corporate America, you know that layoffs are a common phenomenon. How does a company decide who stays and who goes? How do you know if you’re going to get laid off or not? These are important questions you should be asking as an employee, and I can answer them.
When a company is restructuring, they’re given an amount of money to cut. And one of the easiest and fastest ways to do that is to decrease the number of employees at the company.
The company figures out the value of each employee, the return on investment (ROI), and decides to lay off the employees who don’t provide the most value, who don’t give the company a desirable ROI.
For example, if a company pays you $10 an hour, it actually costs them $13 to $14 an hour to employ you because there are taxes and other things they have to pay on top of your salary. Then, they ask, “Who is saving or making us more than enough money to justify their cost?”
Now, in a situation where there are multiple employees creating the same value, they ask, “Who is the easiest to get along with?” Personality starts to play a role in the decision, but also aptitude. “Who’s going to be able to adapt when we have less staff and we have to do more with less?”
ROI, personality, and aptitude are considered when a company is deciding who to lay off.
How To Avoid Getting Laid Off
If you want to avoid being cut, you first have to get clear on your value. Can you articulate how you are saving and making your employer enough money to justify the cost of employing you?
Sit down and have a conversation with your boss about it. See what you can do to make sure that you’re creating that value and if you can create additional value on the job.
Sometimes people will come to me and say, “I’ve had perfect performance reviews year after year and got laid off.” Yes, because it’s not about your past performance. It’s about the value you’re creating and where they can make cuts. It always comes down to your current value as an employee. If you want to avoid getting laid off, remember this simple fact.
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As humans, we need some form of social interaction (some of us more than others). However, we all do need and thrive on the simple act of connecting to people.
For the majority of us, our social fabric is created through work. We see these people every day. We have work in common. We get to know them in ways the spouses and significant others simply don’t. When we leave these people due to job change, it can be painful.
Yet, despite all this social goodness that work can bring, what happens when it doesn’t happen to you? What do you do when you don’t have friends at work? No one to save you space at a meeting or light up when you enter a room? It happens, and when it does, there’s no lonelier place to be. It can be so impactful that it can cause a person to look for another job.
Here are situations you may be facing and what you can do about them:
You’re New In The Office
You may think you’re past due for connecting with people in a deeper way at work. Sometimes the dynamic is such that it simply takes a while and ongoing persistence to break through.
You Got Off On The Wrong Foot With Your Co-Workers
It doesn’t matter if you were misinterpreted. Somehow you did something right off the bat that got you sideways with many of your peers. If you did do something wrong, make amends and don’t do it again.
Being the bigger person takes courage, but you will win friends. If there is nothing to make amends for, stay friendly and ignore the undertow. It will eventually fade.
The Work Cliques Are Too Strong To Penetrate
Just like high school, there are work situations where you are the outsider and will stay that way for an indefinite period of time. Most likely these people have worked together for a while and the bond is tight. They probably don’t realize how unfriendly they may seem.
You need to be friendly and make efforts to get to know each person at an individual level. It may take some big work event, like a year-end close, to be the final catalyst that forms the bond. There’s nothing like being in the trenches with people to nail the trust and support.
You’re Not A Cultural Fit
That feels like a hard message, but it truly is not personal. We all have values and work styles we wear like a suit. They are out there for everyone to see and experience. Many times, when we aren’t a cultural fit, we are out of step with the people we work with.
This makes it hard to form friendships. If you aren’t a cultural fit, you need to admit it and move on. It not only won’t help form friendships, but it won’t help your career either.
You’re An Introvert Who’s Turning More Inward
For an introvert, it can be tough to push yourself toward people you don’t know. When an introvert is surrounded by ‘strangers,’ it’s easy to retreat even further. You could appear kind of wonky and unapproachable, making it difficult for co-workers to approach you.
You’ve set up your own lonely situation and only you can make your way out. To make it less overwhelming, simply focus on one or two people with whom you feel some form of affinity, and focus on getting to know them. It will help you overall and will become a catalyst for forming more relationships.
Workplace relationships can make or break a job. They can nourish you and help you excel in your career if they are healthy workplace relationships. When those bonds are not forming, it can make you feel very lonely. But there are things you can do to improve the situation. You need patience and a friendly smile.
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