It will not have passed you by that we arrived into 2012 a few days ago and many of us have now ambled into our offices full of Christmas and New Year stories to share with our colleagues! The week is coming to an end and we now have come to the realisation that contrary to our wishes Father Christmas has not cleared our desk of all the things we failed to do before the festive season arrived at our door… so he really doesn’t exist then?
If you are like me, you didn’t actually switch off from the tasks at hand that you knew were awaiting you on your return, but the break did give us all a moment to reflect on what requires our immediate attention, the things we should have addressed but didn’t during 2011 and what we were going to do about them! More importantly, I found the time away an occasion to assess where potential market opportunities lie for our business by researching many igaming articles and blogs that so often seem to clog up my email inbox.
Stepping back from our businesses is a skill that many of us fail to implement, probably because we are too busy fulfilling the many tasks we have set ourselves or been set by management higher up the food chain. I can’t tell you how many trainers and business mentors have told me that it is an essential part of the working week and I know they are right because on the rare occasion I give myself the time to stand back and look (I mean really look) at where my team and I are, a clear understanding emerges.
The same idea is true for all of us when it comes to our careers. I am in the privileged position of speaking to many talented people in the igaming sector and it never ceases to surprise me how many cannot clearly outline their career aspirations. Now admittedly we are in the business of proactively searching out (headhunting) talent not necessarily on the job market, so they are not expecting us to call up and ask them what their ideal job would be(!), but it seems to be more likely that they can readily and in detail tell me what is wrong with the job they’ve got. We are all very good at complaining about our lot!
So here’s an idea for you all. If you are unhappy in your current career role take time out to understand what would make you passionate about turning up to the office every morning. Find a good time to have a word with your boss or human resources manager to help them understand how you are feeling – with the positive spin on what you could be doing for the company.
Any good employer should welcome your feedback and if you are valued they will make an effort to try and address the situation.
Time and time again employees only lay out their ‘issues’ when they are pushed to do so when they hand in a resignation letter. Too late.
There are a number of reasons why I say ‘too late’.
1. If this is the only time you feel you can tell the company, you have a bad boss!
2. If the subject of your career has only come up because you resigned, you have a bad boss!
3. The company knows how difficult and how much time and money it will take to replace you. They will wait until it is a matter they can control on their terms, therefore you are probably in the firing line!
4. Evidence indicates that a very high percentage of people who take counter offers from their employer are back on the job market within a year. It often just doesn’t work out the way they told you it would!
5. Its a dangerous game to resign in the hope that your company will want to keep you on board. Like a long shot do you?
If you have explored your career opportunities and current job with your employer and still feel the need to explore how CNA Executive Search, iGaming, Mobile & Social Media could help you meet your career aspirations in a new career challenge, why don’t you give me a call on +44 7838 206602 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.