Individuals and companies are benefiting from the massive transition occurring in work models. Study after study in the past two years supports the positive effects of a hybrid or remote work model in the areas of productivity, job satisfaction, talent retention, mental health, economy and even the environment. Of course, there are two sides to everything – many beautiful flowers have thorns. Whatever the reason for the desire for a different model, now that we've seen it, we
The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Yet people still believe others have found more satisfaction, rewards, or personal fulfillment in life – which increases desires and jealousy when the individual doesn't believe they have those things. It is only human to make comparisons, although crossing the line into feeling undervalued or worse, worthless, is obviously unhealthy. Focusing on supporting confidence and maintaining self-esteem in both yourself
Whether a review is about personal performance or the quality of a product, its only as good as the time put into creating it. The familiarity of book reviews belies their importance. The short posts following a product description on a store's website may do the opposite – not give enough information so as to be valuable. What is the balance when writing or looking at reviews? How much depth is needed? Does the expertise of the writer matter? And, perhaps the most important
As opposed to being fulfilled in sleep, career dreams or aspirations may reveal or influence career decisions or journeys. Practitioners need various theories and tools at their fingertips when considering clients' dreams while providing career related services. Yes, it would be interesting to explore the meaning behind a client's nighttime dreams about work, and it may be even more productive to explore career aspirations.
~ Melanie Reinersman, editor@careerdevelopmentallia
Most people know the quote “With age comes wisdom” but few know the five words that actually follow: “...sometimes age comes alone.” Perhaps Oscar Wilde doesn't want to sound too smug or too optimistic. With this in mind, it is probably best to encourage all career development professionals to assist their clients in gaining wisdom, especially about themselves. Don't forget, Wilde also said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A., insights@c
Marie Kondo, the organizing consulting and author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” emphasizes the rule to keep only those belongings that “spark joy.” Is it possible that her rule could apply to jobs? Work can spark joy if it involves active engagement, positive connections, and excitement for the future. Hopefully, we want that for ourselves and our clients! So, what are you going to do about it? Engage more? Change jobs? Visit a career coach? I wish you much joy
Geography. It is my weak subject. (You remember those blue pie pieces on the Trivial Pursuit board – well, I was usually missing those!) I am now purposely trying to learn more about world geography through practicing on quiz apps, watching Jeopardy, talking to world travelers, and traveling. I know I will never be an expert in world geography (does Jeopardy allow “phone a friend”?), but I also know I will always have something to learn. What do you still want to learn and ho
The definition of sustainability is the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed (dictionary.com). There is no ego is sustaining yourself. What good are you to your clients if you cannot uphold yourself? How can you model positivity about life if you don’t confirm your own needs and strengths? Make the decision and take the action now so that you are well-sustained for your future.
~ Melanie Reinersman, email@example.com Photo by Gautam Kri
You know the saying, “Growing old isn’t great but it beats the alternative.” Now is the time to recognize the societal norms that affect us, our language, our perceptions, etc., about age and work. If everyone can work toward an attitude change, then everyone can work – regardless of age. ~ Melanie Reinersman, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Annie Gray on Unsplash FOCUS ON: Ageism and Older People Identifying ageism for what it is is the first step in changing a