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With the December Holiday season in full swing, we all prepare to turn our calendars to a New Year. Many people prepare for travel to visit family and reunite after weeks, months, or even years. A common conversation that occurs around the holiday dinner table often starts with “So, how’s work?” or “are you still at such-and-such a company” or maybe even “did you get that big promotion you were taking about at Easter?” – it’s a way for us to catch up on the daily lives of those we don’t often see daily.
In my family, this means a lively conversation filled with an eclectic combination of job duties, supervisory responsibilities, general business knowledge, and even some fresh and exciting opinions from the millennial PhD Student in the room. Our experiences, education, and career paths vary widely and often, set the tone for eclectic storytelling and contributions within and between the generations. Our stories, building proportionately with volume, become candid and often segue into various other topics, which will undoubtedly surround the world of work. While we’re enjoying our time together, it seems, conversations around our careers, achievements, and upcoming potential for accomplishment are common topics.
While we pass the buns and the gravy we may also pass a bit of industry knowledge or previously unconsidered perspective. Perhaps we’ll receive a bit of wisdom or encouragement to make a change in the coming New Year. Or maybe even ignite a competitive spark which may have faded with tenure. Whatever the dynamic may be, the subject matter is ultimately not unique and will likely push the consideration for employment change – in some capacity or another.
As Recruitment Professionals, we have a saying “if nothing changes, everything remains the same”. Career transition and/or relocation are often the biggest decisions people make – observed at a seasonal high immediately following large family gatherings. Career coaches and influencers are around every table and in every living room – often more influential than those we meet while on the job. When we return to regular office hours and the routine of our individual roles, an element of reflection is predictable. This individual contemplation is as unique as the lines of a job description. For you, it may be investigation into your team’s dynamics or perhaps turning the mirror on your own performance, management style, or workplace contributions. Whatever the result, the initiation was likely stirred from a comment made around the holiday dinner table.
All the best in this upcoming Holiday Season, travel safe, and may your days be Merry!