It is that time of year where everyone writes a “my predictions for [insert niche area here] 2010” story. These articles and blog posts are great but rather than write up another list about the same things many of us have already heard or written about (eg. More about social media, mobile is coming, etc….) I wanted to reflect on something different (I sense a theme for my blog posts this year developing – updates next post). Whether you are in a company that employs 1 or 100 000 people, as professionals we all have certain tasks that we need to do to be successful in our jobs. The jobs we have have their ups and downs but they make up a large portion of our day, our time and our energy. Ideally we should enjoy what we do and if you are in a job to just “pay the bills” it does not have to necessarily be a bad thing.
If you are doing the same task day in and day out, it runs the risk of becoming monotonous. Yes you will become an “expert” in what you do because you do it day in and day out, but there is the inherent risk of losing your passion for what you do – I am not sure but if I had to do the same thing every day it would likely damper my creative thinking and spirit. But wait a second, in my role I do have similar tasks that I complete each day – work out our resourcing needs, search for and identify candidates, lots of search, lots of talking to people, the list goes on. Even though I do the same tasks I have not lost any passion or want to do my role.
I love what I do and I am successful at what I do. Since I started recruiting in 1999 I have seen many Recruiters just going through the motions, but that does not have to be the case, I think we can all add our own individuality to our jobs in some form. I think one of the reasons I enjoy my role as much as I do here at Oracle is because my management team has allowed me the flexibility to be creative in my role. I invest a large portion of my day doing the core things that I have to do to get my job done, but I also have outlets that let me not only be creative but also help the company by finding new answers and ways of doing things.
It does not matter what your outlet is – but if you can find one that helps both you and the company at the same time I think that creates a great energy. It could be tweeting a message or posting a blog article. For me writing is a great outlet. There have been times when I have been stuck on a problem with no answer in sight, looking at my laptop for ages – what I have done is put on my running shoes, turned up my iPod and in that run when I step away from the problem more often than not the solution has ‘popped’ into my head. When an idea hits you, go with it, if you can’t attend to that thought straight away – write it down and come back to it. Your idea may not be the traditional way you do things, but look into it – you may have something.
Candidates have access to more opportunities now than ever before. To attract and retain the top levels of candidates I think companies and managers need to embrace the individuality of each person (within reason). I think the days of managing teams with a ‘it’s my way or the highway’ approach are on their way out. Yes there are guidelines/ processes in most companies and yes employees need to work within these guidelines, but being in the corporate world does not mean you cannot express your individuality and let that flow through in your job.