Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? I think it can happen to all of us when things get really crazy at work, or over the holiday season when there’s lots to do and so many people to see. It can even happen to us simply in day to day living.
Sometimes you can feel like you’re running on empty in your career, too. It’s a shame we don’t have a little light that goes on (like our cars do) to tell us when it’s time to refuel. Or do we? If you’re paying attention to how you feel – to your energy level, your engagement level – you probably know when it’s time. The question is, do you act on it? In my experience, many people know the warning light has come on and don’t do anything about it.
What happens in organizations when they find a way to unleash the potential of employees? I’m sure you have some examples you could share. I’m fortunate in my experience to have seen some terrific outcomes as a result of internal career development initiatives.
Just last week I was working with a group of employees ranging in position from quite junior to supervisory, in age from 20 something to 50 something, and in tenure with the company from 1 year to more than 15. From the outside looking in, you might wonder how a group this diverse could find value in the same delivery material when they’re all at such different career stages.
Where did this year go? I’ve heard many just lately ask this question, with Christmas and another new year just around the corner. Time goes by so fast.
If you’re feeling the year has passed you by without achieving some of what you’d hoped or planned for, it’s not too late. There are still some things you can do before the end of the year to manage your career.