If you’ve been doing the same role or working in the same function for a while, you may find that you’re not stretched or challenged. Take some time to think about an aspect of your role that you’d like to know more, or a new skill set that you could develop and create a plan to work on it in the coming year. This will not only make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed, it could even be a stepping stone to a new role or prepare you for your annual review.
Many staff retention surveys suggest the most important factor influencing their happiness in the workplace is the relationship they have with their manager and colleagues. It is important to know that if you want 2020 to be a productive year, focusing on your current working relationship will not only make you happier, but also place you bargaining power when your considering to move on.
The relationships we build at work are unique. They give personal rewards and enrich your professional life and potentially offer new opportunities. Take some time to either reach out to old colleagues that you’ve lost touch or join a networking group and build new relationships. Review your linked-in profile and connect with others in positions your interested, this will give you insights to new opportunities and allow others to reach out to you.
We’re often quick to offer our opinion, but how often do you really sit back and listen to what your colleagues are saying? There’s a lot to be gained from stepping back and actively listening, whether it’s in team meetings or in a one on one with a peer. Rather than jumping into solution mode, sit back and listen. By listening you can build trust and potentially identify new ways to approach a problem.
Everyone needs to feel appreciated and valued at work, but with so much going on we can’t always expect to be validated by our colleagues and managers. That’s why it’s important to take time out to give yourself some credit. If you’ve just finished a project or done something beyond your usual skill set, take a moment to pat yourself on the back and acknowledge how far you’ve come. Consider publishing these on Linked-in, nursing awards or a nursing journal.
There’s a lot that can be gained from having a role model, but it’s not something that many of us seek out. A role model can help you explore new ways to develop your career, focus in on skills that you need to develop or give you advice on how to deal with difficult issues you’re facing in the workplace. A role model can be someone you’ve worked with, a manager or even someone independent that you’ve been introduced you. If no one comes to mind, perhaps tap into your connections to see if anyone can recommend a mentor that?s right for you.
There isn’t any surprise that this is a popular resolution, however rated very low amongst healthcare professionals as an important contributor in making them happy at work. Therefore, is has been placed as the final potential objective for 2020. If it is your new year resolution, it is important to know the consequences when monetary value is used as a motivator. Moving onto a new employer locally can support this resolution, but don’t expect a significant increase to your pay check. This is the same for a promotion within the same organisation, but will support an increase in pay in the long-term. If you’re not prepared to leave your current position, then overtime, bank shifts and joining an additional agency to gain more shifts can be an option. If you have the flexibility, two popular ways to increase your salary is to work overseas in which many healthcare professionals see an additional 50% increase in salary (depending on the destination) and working for a Travel Nurse or agency nurse, if you have the flexibility and freedom to travel to find the work, it could be good option to boost your pay.