At the end of the day, employees and employees alone, are responsible for their own career management and balanced lives.
Organisations, however big or small, good or bad, are inherently designed to get as much as they possibly can out of their employees. If an employee is not in the frame of mind to take control of a work-life balance they want to lead, then someone else will do it for them. And chances are, their ideas of ‘balance’ won’t align.
This idea was explored by Nigel Marsh in his Ted Talk, How to make work-life balance work.’ He spoke very frankly about the intentions of organisations, and why an employee needs to take responsibility for the career and drive the work-life balance they desire.
Unfortunately, our experience indicates that the majority of employees have not grasped that responsibility and are under-equipped to do so. This lack of direction means when unexpected change arrives, many employees are unprepared to take the next step.
Acknowledging this, organisations hold the responsibly to facilitate the growth of their employees and help them to procure clarity around the boundaries and goals they aspire to. Employees need a program to help develop the skills and insight required to accept responsibility for their career management, empowering them to take control of their career’s future direction. This program needs to assist an employee in:
- Identifying their career values and interests;
- Marrying these with a career plan;
- Identifying a future career path; and
- ‘Buying in’ to the concept, and accepting career management as their responsibility.
Empowering employees to take responsibility for their careers and pursuing a healthy work-life balance will:
- Improve employee satisfaction;
- Boost productivity and morale; and
- Ensure employees are better able to manage the effects of change.
Inspiring your employees to recognise they are in complete control of their future might seem too obvious; a non-issue. But, as Nigel Marsh urges, “It’s the small things that matter. Being more balanced doesn’t mean dramatic upheaval in your life. With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life.”
To find out more about how our career transition services can help your employees prepare for future success, contact us today!