For many, the onset of COVID resulted in a major disruption in both personal and professional lives. Some lost their jobs, others had to move their offices and their children’s schooling into their homes. The stress and toll on financial, personal and mental health will be felt for a long time.
Many companies found themselves scrambling to pivot business functions and procedures from an in-person world to a more virtual world. Employees are learning how to operate in new ways, and many corporations and individuals alike are experiencing pivot fatigue.
What is pivot fatigue? Many of us pride ourselves on problem-solving and being able to change direction and course in an agile manner, making any transition as smooth as possible. We put these skills to good use when learning how to successfully operate from home, meeting the needs of our clients and customers who may have been more accustomed to more standard, in person, methods and practices.
Spring is in the air, and along with blooming flowers, I’m catching scents of “hope” and “healing”. The events of the past 12 months have been unprecedented (are you as tired of that word as I am?) and I think we are all anxious to return to something that resembles our lives before the pandemic.
If you’re anything like me, you may feel as if you are awakening from a long slumber; albeit not feeling exactly well-rested. Perhaps, like me, you are just plain worn out.
The good news is that, for me, there are certain times of the year that signal a time for rejuvenation and growth, and Spring is one of them. So, I’m grabbing onto the “hope” I feel in the air and plotting my next steps.
I was listening to Alanis Morrissette’s song “Ironic” this morning. Singing along, I found myself thinking; some of these situations really aren’t ironic but examples of Murphy’s law in action.
“Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face” – Alanis Morissette
If you are seeking a promotion, looking for a job change or are considering a total career change, now is the perfect time to gain a professional advantage by enhancing your skills and qualifications to set yourself apart in today’s competitive business environment.
Online opportunities have made it easier than ever to brush up on skills you need. Where do you start?
Undoubtedly, AI and automation can drive job creation and business growth. But they can also displace entire job categories. According to a report by McKinsey, about 60% of occupations could be automated.
When it comes to your career development, you shouldn’t leave anything to chance. A good way to future-proof your career is to stay one step ahead of the tech industry.
Instead of wondering whether a robot can do your job, it’s better to ask yourself how you can help a robot do its job.
Show Your Value in New Ways
Your role will eventually go away if your job is doing something reproducible or algorithmic. Take a closer look at the tasks you perform now and how you perform them. Be the one who will suggest automation improvements.
COVID-19 has everyone’s attention. Communities are pulling together to help try to control the spread of the virus. Elected officials are making the best decisions they feel they can make at this time to protect their communities. Schools are closing to try to squelch the virus’s spread. Neighbors are offering a lending hand with childcare or a hot meal.
In light of businesses, schools and organizations temporarily shutting their doors, many people are facing job uncertainty. Theme parks, restaurants, bars, hotels, convention centers, travel – there will be no industry left untouched by current events.
Companies that are able to set up work remotely are doing so. Unfortunately, other companies are having to suspend or lay off employees until the economy takes an upward turn.
We have many qualities within us that make us unique. How we approach situations, problem solve, learn, apply that knowledge, prioritize tasks and manage our time. Our unique abilities affect every aspect of our lives. Read more to discover what makes you unique and how to apply that to the job of your dreams!
Steven Covey once said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply”. Active listening is a gift. The more that we stop and fully engage in meaningful conversations, the better our relationships will be.
In order to be competitive in your field, it's important to stay on top of news, trends and developments in your industry. By actively working to expand your knowledge on a regular basis, you show your employers that they are getting the best you at all times. Even if your professional life doesn’t require it, continuous learning can be beneficial for anyone – feeding your curiosity and learning new skills can result in feelings of personal satisfaction and growth.
Personal development can be fun! In addition to reading news articles and listening to podcasts, you can attend classes, seminars, webinars, and enroll in online courses. All of these will enhance your skill set and ensure that you are up to date on the latest information available.
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