Think Big! Love Your Work

Think Big! Love Your Work

“If you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life​” – Marc Anthony

Today SEEK released results that more than 1/3 of people are unhappy in their role. At Mondo, we have been operating 20 years in recruitment and our research says that this statistic is conservative, sadly we believe more than 60% of people are unhappy in their roles. Converge International recently stated that 66% of Australian workers are unhappy in their role.

Why are people working in roles that they’re not happy in?

  • People are afraid of change
  • People are fearful of the future
  • Society expectations
  • Financial security more than – ABS in 2016 74% of households in Australia held debt, averaging $168 000. Credit card debt held by 55% of households

How do you find a role that you enjoy?

There are five key motivators in a role

1) The leadership

2) The workplace offerings and culture

3) The career challenge & stretch

4) The learnings and

5) Financial reward

Look at these 5 motivators when considering employment.

Think about what are your best skills where and when you were most happy? There are many online tests to look at your commercial strengths such as the strengthsfinder by Marcus Buckingham. Understand that some of your worst jobs can help you build resilience, often it is not until you hit rock bottom that you will make change.

Start to future proof your career – build a long-term engaging network from school or University, to past and present work colleagues. When people like to help others and when they do it is a known fact that happy hormones /endorphins are released.

Reach out to people who you think may be able to provide you with ideas and brainstorm what your strengths and passions are.

Build your bag of Tricks! Start to collate your bag of strengths and skills and consider new learnings that will contribute to your career success. There are many examples of people looking outside the box and finding commercial joy in new vocations. The hospitality industry is looking at ex-servicemen with their skills in discipline in operations, great sales negotiators could consider commercial mediator roles.

Also think about a “portfolio career” – do a few contracts at once and vary the roles. Many organisations now prefer to hire contractors for a few different functions.

So think about what makes you happy and go for it! We spend so much time now in our lives working so make sure you enjoy what you’re doing!!

 

Innovations In Tech Helps Business

Technology is becoming more and more powerful in assisting our effectiveness and efficiency in business. Here are some of our teams’ favourite apps and websites that you could use.

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Free to sign up (limitations apply) zoom.us

WeChat users can do just about anything, including play games, send money to people, make video calls, order food, read the news, book a doctor appointment, and more. wechat.com/en/

Slack is where work flows. It’s where the people you need, the information you share, and the tools you use come together to get things done. Slack.com

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. Trello.com

WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. Whatsapp.com

Scanner will turn your mobile device into full-featured, powerful and fast document scanner.
With iScanner you can scan books, receipts, any kinds of documents, paper notes, whiteboards, schedules, timetables – anything you might need in your day-to-day life. Iscannerapp.net
Call us anytime if you want any help or insights – we are always learning from our clients the latest and greatest innovations.

Mental As Anything

Mental illness is still a mystery in the modern day workforce… what is causing you pain? Unhappiness in the workplace?

If a team member gets physically sick you take action. If someone gets the flu – you do something – ban them from the office The workplace is more savvy today around physical wellness such as massage & corporate fitness training. Dieticians/ gym membership but what do you do to support good mental health?

So many employers disregard the impact of poor mental health and do nothing. The Australian Human Rights Commission has estimated that around 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. A total of 3.2 days per worker are lost each year through workplace stress. Mondo has recruited over 2700 people over the last 20 years and not once have we read a letter of offer, with a clause providing time for mental health leave – only sick leave is noted. Nor have I ever read clauses for support for mental health. I believe we need to make little steps and provide simple tools and assistance to support staff in the workplace.

It is often presumed that a worker’s mental illness develops outside of the workplace. However, an ‘unhealthy’ work environment or a workplace incident can cause considerable stress.

Grief is a process that all people will experience at many points in their life. Grief can be loss of a loved one, change of circumstance – (such a house move, demotion or divorce) or even grief for a change in a life stage. Repressed grief can also cause dysfunctional behaviour. Employers should be aware of employees experiencing grief and offer support to making a workplace more supportive.

Providing a healthy and safe workplace benefits all workers, including those with mental illness. It also makes good business sense. Stress-related workers’ compensation claims have doubled in recent years, costing over $10 billion each year. Australian businesses lose over $6.5 billion each year by failing to provide early intervention/treatment for employees with mental health conditions. Harvard Health Publications advise employees and employers to think of mental health care as an investment.

So, as employers let’s start to think of ways to provide support in the work force and talk openly about mental health. Some ways that we can do this are:

  • Provide and note time for mental health days and include these in sick leave entitlements on letters of offer
  • Make available mental health counselling
  • Supportive grief counselling and support
  • Link to the key available support services in your company intranet and in-house resource tools, such as Beyond Blue and RUOK websites
  • Simply talking openly about these services and be supportive
  • Encourage volunteer days supporting mental health
  • Get to know your staff wholistically
  • Build a “ Trusting culture” that improves productivity and wasted negativity – See Stephen MR Covey – Smart Trust 2011https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCTVOBQSoI.

When it comes to mental health situations in the workplace – ignorance is not bliss!