Are you considering a career change in 2015? Nearly half of my clients have indicated that they are considering changing jobs next year. Not me though, I am one of the few happy employees, with lots of autonomy and flexibility in the workplace, fantastic and capable people to work with, great bosses and plenty of meaningful work. Oh please I can hear you saying, but that is not to say there aren’t times when I wonder about the relevance of what I do, or in fact times when I should have made a career change!! But all in all, 2015 will not be a career changing year for me, but what about you?
The major reasons for people to consider a fresh start in 2015 include: their desire for a new challenge, a lack of meaningful work and not being able to utilise their skills and experience. Toxic workplaces are another major factor forcing people to rethink their options, along with being micro-managed. I can hear you all cringing; we have all worked in workplaces with these issues. Some of us persevere and hope it will get better, while others (whom I admire), take the ball into their own hands and do something about it.
So how can you as an employer encourage people to stay or to attract them to your organisation in 2015? Well it’s not rocket science. Having said this, why does something so simple often prove to be so hard!! Here are a few pointers for what it is worth: As an employer you must provide meaningful and challenging work, allow your employees the autonomy to do what you are paying them to do, utilise their skills and capitalise on their strengths and experience. Employees who are a good fit organisationally can be hard to find. Lastly, ensure you have a positive workplace culture in which people are treated with respect and consideration at all times. Make this your goal for 2015!!
Ever heard of being an Employer of Choice? Hiring and retaining the best talent is as tough as it’s ever been. So in my opinion its important to be an Employer of Choice. Being an Employer of Choice can help attract potential employees to come and work for you. Once people choose to work in an organisation, there is generally a significant reluctance to change.
So as either an employer or an employee, have a think about what 2015 holds for you.