5 Strategies to Thrive in a Changing Environment

The world has changed, and as a result you must reassess, step up, and learn how to adapt to a shifting environment.

Change is coming at us from all angles and we’re expected to adjust in order to survive. How well we do so, will determine how we move forward in the future. To help you navigate successfully, here are 5 strategies which you can adopt to not only survive but thrive in this new changing environment:

  1. Breathe

Never before have people had to face this extent of turbulent change at such high speed. With every new development, more changes arise which we must adapt to in order to survive this crisis. It has never been more important for us to just breathe. We know change can cause anxiety. Recognizing the need to simply take regular, gentle breaths is a key technique for calming your anxiety and stress levels caused by unexpected changes. Here’s a quick breathing exercise you can use at any time during the day to help you practice breathing:

  • Close your eyes and then your mouth
  • Inhale quietly through your nose and count two four. One, two three, four!
  • Hold your breath and count to seven. One, two three, four, five, six seven!
  • Exhale the breath fully from your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. One, two three, four, five, six, seven, eight!

If you make sometime every day to do this quick exercise at least once, we guarantee you will feel better.

2. Adjust your mindset

The initial step to effectively handling change is to assess your mindset: Where are you, how are you feeling and what do you need to do to not only survive but thrive in this unpredictable environment? Do you have the willingness to push traditional boundaries, ask yourself tough questions, and challenge your current mindset to help you make a shift to a higher level? You can either choose a warrior or a victim mindset. Which one will it be? Will you adopt a warrior mindset which means that you will face every obstacle head on and fight to your very last breath or choose to become a victim and see everything as a problem with no solutions.

Whether you choose to have a positive or negative mindset will determine how well you adapt to a changing environment.

3. Change your habits to stay productive

Productivity remains critical even as we are faced with such rapid change.  Where you work may have changed but the work itself probably hasn’t. Your employers and leaders still expect you to deliver and produce results. Living and working in this “new normal” requires you to examine your habits and determine whether they support you in this current environment. Real change happen when you do things differently and so transforming habits which are more aligned to your current reality will help you accomplish your daily goals.

Highly productive people who accomplish a lot each day aren’t exceptional, they’ve just learnt to master their daily habits which transforms their lives for the better.

4. Create and innovate

Allow your creative juices to flow. Change especially the difficult ones sometimes have us withdrawing into ourselves and not wanting to do more that the status quo. However, if we choose to view change as an opportunity to do things differently, this opens up a world of new possibilities. We can choose to create or recreate ourselves as well as various aspects of our lives. History has shown that many new innovative products, technology and companies are created during crisis times. Use this period to get creative or find innovate ways to develop yourself, bring new ideas to life or make changes to certain processes which may need an overhaul. Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and used this time to ignite your innovative side.

5. Focus on execution

What is the difference between individuals that succeed and fail? One action word, execution. You can’t not execute and expect to thrive through change. There are profound shifts happening in the world today. Showing up every day and taking action consistently will make a difference in how you overcome what is thrown at you in your environment. When we are able to constantly achieve goals and targets we are more likely to feel accomplished and less uneasy with changes which we may be going through. Keep your focus on what you can control and make happen and that will definitely improve your ability to maneuver against changing times.  

At this crucial time, take some time to consider what is happening in your world and what strategies you may need to implement to cope as easily as possible. Hopefully the ones shared above will spark some thought, idea or action.

How to transition to a Remote Workspace Successfully

Welcome to remote working.

Remote work will now become more common and acceptable especially in light of current global events. This style of working is new to many as most of us are used to working our normal 9 to 5 jobs. Getting used to this new work approach will require some adjustment and the adoption of new working techniques in order to continue providing the necessary support required by our various organizations.

So here are some quick tips on working remotely which may be of value to you as you transition to this sort of workspace right now:

  1. Keep to your normal routine. It’s important to start your day as you usually do. Wake up at your normal time, have your morning coffee, exercise, shower, eat breakfast, get the kids ready, get dressed. Whatever your daily routine may be, you’ll find this helps get you motivated to tackle your work faster, just like you would if you had plans to go into office.
  2. Schedule your day. Create a To Do List for the day and breakdown your tasks in short intervals. As you complete each task, check them off so you can track your progress throughout the day. Your schedule should also include time designated for calls and checking emails.
  3. Tackle the big tasks first. “Eat the Frog” first thing in the morning i.e. do your hardest and biggest tasks first thing in the morning when you’re more likely to be focused. So whether it’s completing that proposal, providing feedback to your boss on a difficult matter etc., get it out of the way because chances are you will end up procrastinating it the whole day if you don’t.
  4. Prepare your meals in advance. Cooking our own meals more frequently will have to now become the norm. Most of us are used to picking up lunch on the go. However, working remotely does not always provide that convenience. So it’s important to prepare your meals and snacks in advance so that’s it readily available when you need it.
  5. Take regular breaks. Make sure you schedule in time for breaks away from working just like you would in the office. Don’t miss out on your usual coffee/water breaks, lunch time outdoor walks, chat with a friend or afternoon snooze. Taking that needed break will give you that boost needed to continue to tackle your tasks especially in the late afternoon.
  6. Collaborate with team members via technology. There are various free tools available which can be used to collaborate with teams remotely. Popular ones include WhatsApp Conferencing, Zoom and Skype for hosting of video conference calls, Slack for sharing and updating team members on status of projects and tasks and Google Docs for creating various documents. Making use of the various apps effectively should assist with keeping your work up to date.
  7. Keep communication with your team open and constant. Provide regular updates often and in a timely manner to your Manager and team mates. Remember you’re no longer a few paces or office doors away so giving feedback promptly allows others to know what you’re working on and how this impacts their own tasks.
  8. Cut yourself some slack. You’re new to this and still getting the hang of working in this new work environment so it’s expected that you might not be as efficient as you are normally are. Take it one day at a time and see how best you can quickly acclimatize to working in a remote setting.

As you become more familiar with working remotely, you’ll more than likely develop a routine that works best for you. The tips above however if adopted should help to make your transition to working remotely a little less challenging and smoother.

3 Quick Tips For Setting and Achieving Your Work Goals

The beginning of a New Year traditionally represents the start of new undertakings; a fresh start, new you, New Year’s resolutions and of course new work goals or targets. For most of us, this is the time of the year for setting work targets and deciding on what the best strategies are for achieving these goals successfully. It’s important to start off on the right track and lay the ground work for that success.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you when setting and achieving your goals as you kick start this year’s work journey:

#1 Get clear on what the goals are at your organization, department and team level. Having a good understanding of the priorities and objectives that your organization has for the year, provides clarity on what you will need to set clear, attainable objectives.

#2 Be Consistent – If you want to ensure that you successfully achieve your goals at the end of the year, you must aim to be consistent in your results, performance, habits, expectations and most importantly your attitude. We all have the occasional deadline that we don’t meet or a meeting that gets pushed back, but these should be the exception rather than the norm.

#3 Measure your progress – I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “what gets measured, gets done”. Keeping track of your progress throughout the period you are working on your goals will not only help you stay on top of things, but also provide the opportunity to evaluate your performance periodically and adjust your timelines if and where necessary.

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Treat talent as Customers- Why the Candidate Experience Matters

Hiring? Ensure that your candidate experience is a positive one!candidate experience

Candidates expect a world-class experience when applying for a job nowadays. And why shouldn’t they? After all, we all know that candidates bring their A game to the hiring process, so why should it be any different for the company? Companies usually undervalue the importance of the candidate experience during the recruiting process; not taking into consideration that the labor market is increasingly becoming candidate-driven. The competition for good talent is high and the impression that companies give during this process will definitely give the candidate a good indicator of the type of culture which exists and the value which is placed on employees.

So what is the “candidate experience? The candidate experience is how candidates perceive and relate with the hiring process. It doesn’t matter how good your company’s pension plan benefits are; the best candidates are more than happy to stay with their current employer or wait for other opportunities to come around if the interaction they have with you during the hiring process is terrible. As a company, if you want the best talent, you must ensure that every point of contact during the candidate experience is one which is memorable, sells your unique opportunities and has a positive interaction with your brand.

Companies at every stage of the recruitment process i.e. sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding, should continuously review and improve their process to ensure that all job seekers who may be considering joining their team have an overall good interaction and experience during this period.

Following are some key questions companies should constantly be asking to ensure that their candidate experience is the best representation of their brand:

  • What does the application process look like?
  • Is it short or too long?
  • Is it tiresome?
  • What happens after the candidate completes the application?
  • How will they know whether they’ve been selected to move on to the next step of the hiring process?
  • Do we take too long to give feedback after an interview?
  • Does our onboarding process make new employees feel welcome and easy to transition into their jobs?

Want exceptional candidates then give an exceptional candidate experience. The results will not only help strengthen your employer brand but will also impact your bottom line positively.

Contemporary Resume Writing Tips

The days of creating resumes with just a listing of the positions which we’ve held during our work life history are gone and non-existent. Times are radically changing and the practice of using one standard type of resume for every job that you apply to, are a thing of the past. A resume is still very much, one of the most significant component of your job search process.

Successful resumes are the ones which are targeted specifically to the job being applied to and can show actual evidence of past related work accomplishments. Simply stating position titles and job responsibilities, does not demonstrate your ability as a candidate to achieve results. The pace of business continues to increase rapidly and so employers are looking for persons who can either show proof  that you have been there and done that, or have the skills which can help them solve their existing problems. Prospective employers must be able to gather information on the possible value you will be adding to their business after reviewing your resume.

If you’re like most persons, you’re probably still either using the traditional chronological resume or worse have a resume which has not been updated in years. It’s time to bring it up to date and in so doing, improve your professional brand.

So let’s take a look at two modern-day approaches to resume writing. The type you use of course will be dependent on what stage you are in your career journey.

Achievement-Based Resume

In this type of resume, the focus is on past related accomplishments supported by data or evidence, demonstrating proof of your ability to do the job and the outcomes which you have been able to deliver in various aspects of the job. This type of resume is best for persons who have current related experience to the job or handled projects similar in nature in their past work experiences. In this format, you will need to summarize your achievements into brief statements highlighting the key areas.

Skills Based Resume

On the other hand, for persons without the current applicable experience or work history, a better approach may be a skills-based resume. The focal point of this type of resume is to emphasize the skills which will help an employer find solutions to the challenges they may be facing. All work experience listed on the resume should be in support of the skills listed and the value which it will be adding to the job being applied for. With this type of resume the emphasis is on the abilities you will be bringing to the table that will help propel the business forward.

Both of the two approaches are excellent ways of marketing why you would be an excellent fit for the job. Irrespective of what type of resume you choose, it should be a strong indicator of who you are and what you bring to the table. It all comes down to how you package and present yourself and in every instance you should come through shining.

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We know that writing resumes can be a little challenging. So, if you’re interested in adopting any of the two contemporary resume styles outlined, you can request this by sending an email to talentsolutionzcarib@gmail.com.