5 of the Best Tips to Manage the Stages of Your Employment Cycle

5 of the Best Tips to Manage the Stages of Your Employment Cycle

Employees can go through 7 stages in their tenure at an organisation. Identifying where you are in the cycle can provide incredible clarity for your career, your development and your mindset at work.

The 7 stages are:

  1. Excited / Optimistic
  2. Out of Place
  3. Lots to Learn
  4. Comfort
  5. Seeking More
  6. Not Seen or Heard
  7. Planning Next Move or Exit

To gain the best insight into your future plans, assess where you feel you’re at in the Employee Cycle. Take the following steps to gain more clarity and focus about your career and work life.

  1. Identify the stage you’re in
  2. How do you feel about the stage you’re in? Are you currently in the ‘Seeking More’ stage, feeling quite frustrated, overwhelmed and confused? Are you feeling you’re not sure where to turn to clarify what this seeking more stage means for you? You know you’re feeling restless but unsure what it is?
  3. Managing the stage you’re in requires some strategic action, thought and planning. If you’re seeking more, consider discussing your restlessness with your manager. Seek out training organisations in your field and consider study as an option to add new qualifications to your experience. Investigate whether you would consider changing roles or even professions entirely!
  4. Tap into a toolkit for each stage. Strategies for the ‘Out of Place’ stage, may require you to be more vulnerable than you’ve previously been. Ask more questions, seek more guidance and garner support from colleagues as well as your manager. Attend any relevant industry events to gain more insight into your organisation. Take advantage of any available manuals, training guides or company programs that may be available.  Ask! Forming key relationships in this stage is crucial to assist in minimising the overwhelm and confusion of this phase.
  5. Strategically plan your work experience and tenure at an organisation. Armed with the knowledge of the employee cycle, plan and prepare your career path. Consider the timing of each cycle, take advantage of each one too, to learn and grow, as a professional and as a leader.

Wanting to go deeper and know more?  Contact Dione McCurdy today for your free Discovery Call.

Stop Doing! 10 Things You Can Stop Doing for a More Productive Day

Stop Doing! 10 Things You Can Stop Doing for a More Productive Day

We hear so much about re-designing our work day to fit everything in, but have you considered the things you could stop doing? Yes, you heard me……Stop Doing. When we’re amongst the detail and particularly when we’re feeling overwhelmed, the thoughts go to how am I ever going to fit it all in? We often don’t take time to reassess just our ‘Business as Usual’ tasks.  These task become automatic. They often are just labelled, ‘That’s just how we do it, we’ve always done it like that’ or ‘Oh that’s busy corporate life for you!’. 

Considering the concept to stop doing some tasks requires a good hard look at your daily to do, your weekly and monthly, your routine and your habits. It’s time to do an audit, look at what is really needed, question what’s the purpose of your tasks and alleviate some stress and overwhelm. Who really looks at that 10-page report you produce every month anyway? What can you stop doing? 

Stop, Audit, Review, Restructure………. 

  1. List and audit those weekly and monthly tasks, reports and processes – what is their purpose? Who utilises them? Are they still needed?
  2. Stop allowing others to dictate your diary. We all need to work in a flexible environment, of course things do pop up, but don’t allow the usual, demanding colleague or staff member hijack your diary. This not only teaches them that your time is precious too but also to respect your boundaries.
  3. Stop working weekends, particularly if it’s impacting your family time. Some projects require extra hours but working weekends to catch up or it’s a normal practice, is not respecting your own boundaries or your family’s. By stopping some tasks and restructuring, weekend work won’t be needed!
  4.  Stop putting up with staff or colleagues who don’t take ownership for their own responsibilities.  Are you that ‘team player’ that jumps in when a colleague hasn’t stepped up and you just find it easier to do it yourself? Stop it! Inform your colleague this is no longer an option for you.  These courageous conversations can be a game changer.
  5. Stop attending unnecessary meetings. Next time that meeting invite pops into your calendar, ask a few key questions to ensure you’re the right stakeholder to attend, it’s a good use of your time right now and can you delegate to a team member.
  6. Release control. Are you a micro-manager? Empower your team with trust and enhance engagement. Stop thinking you need to check every piece of work that goes out the door. Set expectations. Use empowering language, so staff know they’re trusted to own their tasks and their mistakes, but you have the faith in them.
  7. Stop trying to help all who stop by your office or desk. It’s great to be helpful, be a team player, collaborate on tasks and get the job done. When these constant interruptions or demands are being frequently requested from you when it’s a task when you had in a role 12 months ago, it’s really time you passed on your knowledge once and for all and move on.  
  8. Stop scheduling meetings on times or days you’re either already managing a full diary or it’s at a time you’re not at your most creative or engaged ie. After 4pm or if you’re really not a morning person, no meetings before 10am!
  9. Stop the morning rush. Not having your morning routine organised so you’re rushing around flustered even before you’ve reached the office contributes to feelings of stress and overwhelm. Reassess your morning routine, discuss it with your family so they also are on board and plan together.
  10. Stop staying behind that extra 2-3 hours most working days – this equates to 10-15 extra hours a week! Stop doing, audit your day/week, review what’s really needed and restructure for a more productive and fulfilling work experience and those extra hours won’t be needed.  Work smarter not harder!