Different ways to learn on the job

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We hear a lot about learning & development in the workplace, and it’s something we look forward to (or at least I do). And if you’re really lucky, your company may have a special allowance or is well-known for providing training opportunities.

But most of the time (at best), it’s a once a year course everyone gets sent to, someone who comes to give a presentation to the team, or a compulsory online course. Not that exciting and certainly not that personal… Continue reading

What is the work life balance?

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The work life is balance is a concept that is constantly being sold to us. In particular in today’s context of increased pressure and burnout, we are all running after it as if it were some sort of treasure. Countless articles are out there telling us how to find it, in fact I myself wrote one a few years ago.

When we interview, we want to know what the work life balance is like at the prospect employer’s. Companies that are under fire for toxic cultures are criticized for their lack of work life balance. And I even heard that you can be asked questions to test your work life balance, or should I say, how much overtime you will work. Shocking, but true!

But one day someone said to me, “why does it have to be so binary? Isn’t it just about balance in general?” and that really got me thinking…

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How to make sure employees are engaged and committed?

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Employee engagement is a huge buzzword nowadays, right alongside company culture. A simple Google search reveals a first page full of articles with tips.

A lot of companies are out there battling to win  “best place to work” and rightly so. After the big tech companies set the example with their fun workplaces and flexible policies, and the rise of platforms like Glassdoor, companies can no longer hide their culture from the public eye.

And it’s not just millennials looking for environments in which they will feel at ease. The job market is more competitive, people know to expect more benefits than before, and are more demanding. With both parents working, the rise of the gig economy and a more flexible workforce, companies know they have to do more to attract prospect employees. But that’s not all, once they’ve joined how can they ensure people are engaged and committed to the company? Continue reading

What does it mean to be a (good) manager?

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Over the years I’ve had a variety of managers, ranging from good to mediocre to bad. When I was able to take a step back, observe their behaviours, and ask myself what they were doing well or what they could have done better, it was an eye-opening experience and an opportunity to learn. So when I finally became a manager, I was of course apprehensive but also excited to see what I could apply and how I could become the manager I wish I had. Continue reading

Letting work encroach on life

falling-asleep-at-desk-woman-her-grounbreaking-see-share-onToday I’d like to talk about what happens when work takes over your life. By that I mean more than working long hours, I’m talking about when work starts to ruin your social life, your relationships and your health. When it changes you, to a point where you’re not who you used to be. What can we do about this, and how can we prevent it?

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#agencylife – prep school for adults

AMC_MM_7B_Promo_EveryEpisode_NostalgiaI recently resigned from my job in an agency after 6 years. You can read more about how and why I made that decision here.

It’s been an incredible journey, and I wanted to reflect on exactly what it’s like to work in an agency, because it’s certainly different to anything else I had ever experienced. In fact, before I worked at Weber Shandwick I didn’t even know agencies existed! (such a novice…)  Continue reading

How to know when to quit your job?

150108170001-no-raise-i-quit-1024x576I’m pretty sure that at least once in your life you’ve thought to yourself: “that’s it, I quit!”

If you haven’t then you are one of those very fortunate people who gets to do a job they love, or else perhaps you’re delusional… Just kidding!

More seriously, I don’t think there are many people who have not gone through a difficult time at work, or considered their career options, without thinking about quitting. It’s natural and perhaps even healthy to question your choices every now again. But it begs the questions of all questions (sort of like knowing who is “the one”): how do I know when to quit? To answer that, I’d like to share my experience.

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