FOR YOUR WELLBEING: Sit less, move more. Set a timer as a reminder to move hourly. Take a break to walk around the block, the lunchroom, to the restroom (whatever). Take regular stretch breaks! “Studies show that frequent, short rest breaks help combat fatigue and discomfort and have a positive effect on productivity.”
FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE: When others talk are you simply waiting for the pause so that you can talk or are you truly listening for understanding and connection? When you write, do you leave time for rewrites, edits and input from others? Try this…when you listen, practice good “attending skills”…make direct eye contact, nod, affirm with a yes, track what is being said, and reflect back what you’ve just heard.
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY: Self-awareness “of culturally learned assumptions” is the first step. Your life experience is unique and has been shaped by your gender, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic background, etc. Working effectively across differences will depend on awareness of your own biases and ability to interact with others in humble, respectful, curious, and flexible ways.
FOR YOUR FUTURE: Do something unexpected! Prepare a briefing note, executive summary, report, or paper on something important that your boss did not ask for and was not expecting. If what you create advances a project or idea, is helpful, simplifies, saves time or improves something, you are likely to make others take note of your abilities and initiative.
TO REFLECT: Your answers to these questions may help you identify what you are passionate about. The Buddhist idea of “right livelihood” is a powerful one. When work is meaningful, personally relevant, and an expression of our deepest values and interests it doesn’t feel like work at all. Thinking deeply about what you would love to do if you could do anything might help you take the first steps to realizing your professional dreams.
FOR YOUR FUTURE: If you have ideas about how to improve, streamline, simplify, save or raise money, expand inclusivity, create a happier client or culture, improve productivity and/or morale, or any other positivity generating “ideas”, pitch them (briefly but succinctly, and with passion) to your boss… and (if you get the green light) to your boss’s boss. This is a tried and true method for expanding your influence and reputation (and bringing light and joy to your workplace and clients). (Case in point: This learning platform got started with a simple pitch to the big boss.)
Focus Groups on Learning Opportunities
Learning and Development within Central Human Resources is listening to…
- for your future
- for your community
- career development
- spotlight back to school
- michelle bautista
- leader as storyteller
- terrie moore
- kathleen valerio
- career story
- tom holub
- owning your career
- doing your job
- professional development
- take 5
- elizabeth wilcox