3 Career Lessons From A Staff Audit Exercise
My passion for HR and helping to impact peoples career is what initially made me discover my writing skills. My articles are always personal experiences because I feel I can relate to what I am telling people. The past few weeks for me have been adventurous, fun and very educative.
There is a saying that ‘Experience is the best teacher’ which is mostly true. A lot of times I see articles on helpful tips and advices for people trying to build a career for themselves and I feel that they are too much because a lot of people know what to do. I have realized that not only fresh graduates need to read this kind of articles. We conducted a staff Audit for a client and I would try not to be too descriptive of the people so that some people won’t start guessing who the client is. Here goes my advice, lessons and tips from the whole exercise.
Have a VISION and PLAN for your career and make sure you follow through
You may think this may sound cliché but the truth is that most people don’t follow through. I met people that have worked for this same company for 8 SOLID years and they are still in the same people meanwhile some that started in that same level have been promoted to manager levels and they are still in the same spot. As someone who has a vision, you need to have a plan A and B. Ask yourself that if I get this qualifications and I am still in the same level, what are my backup plans? What skills do I need for my backup plan to work? Have a 10year plan for yourself and break it out in 3years. Have a milestone you ought to have achieved every year. What are the extra qualifications or things you need to learn before then. We met someone who has worked for 5-9 years and have not added anything to themselves.
No EXCUSES please!
Throughout this exercise, I was just tired of hearing all sorts of excuses. I met people who had the perfect excuse for why they have not been promoted in a long time. Excuses why they have not improved their qualification. Excuses why the organization is to be blamed for them not performing well. Some people will claim that it’s because of family problem and money that they haven’t gotten the needed qualification and we later realized when we checked their files that the company actually reimburses them for every dime they spend on the relevant qualifications. Some people who didn’t pass their paper were reimbursed but they still sat in front of us with excuses.
Work with passion
If you don’t love what you do or if you’re frustrated and disgruntled with the entire system/policies of the organization or industry and you discover that you’re struggling with staying loyal to the organization, its better you start looking for another job or start your own business. I feel that in this world with so many opportunities, one of the worst things you can do to yourself is to continue suffering in silence for years when you have the power to change it.
This kind of experience these past few weeks is more than I can put down in one single article but this is just a summary for now. I have more points but I decided not to make it too long.
I wish you the best in your career!