News and commentary from the world of work
At Work Horizons our job is creating a service that helps people find work that they find rewarding and fulfilling. But we are also interested in the wider world of work and employment; here are some recent thoughts and ideas posted by the Work Horizons team.
In his new book, Rob Ball asks, How often do you hear people say things like, ‘If only I hadn’t done…’ or ‘I wish I had done…’? How often is this person you?"
Modern life can be extremely complex. Job interviews can feel the same. So it’s worth spending a few moments making things simpler for yourself the next time you prepare.Here are a few practical ideas to “spring clean” your approach and to succeed at interviews.
‘Perfect’ is probably not a word that many people would use to describe their life, love or career. But it can be a useful acronym to help you achieve balance and get the basics right: Purpose, Exercise, Relaxation, Focus, Eating well, Correcting and improving Thinking
Today, Tuesday 29th January 2019, Birmingham-based business, Work Horizons, is launching a new online service that will help people who aren’t just looking for a new job, but want to shift their career to be more fulfilling and to give them real purpose.
This interview is reproduced with the kind permission of Transmit Start-Ups, where Ralph Savage is an advisor, helping people to obtain start-up loans. Deborah Witcomb launched her self-employed business in February 2017 so we thought this would be the ideal time to have a chat with Deborah and discover what her first year in business has been like and what she has learned from it to date.
Given the current economic and political uncertainty, many employees will prefer to keep their heads down, work harder and hope for the best. However, when current research shows only a third of people are motivated in their current role, it may be that making the leap and embracing self-employment could provide the motivation to succeed and to achieve a different kind of security.
If the current advice - switch everything off, do nothing for work, and then return to the office fully refreshed, recharged and raring to go - doesn’t work for you, then it’s simply going to cause you greater stress than if you’d previously agreed to check emails once a day, or spend some time writing up a report.
Despite the competitive advantage that organisations gain when they employ people with different attitudes and varying backgrounds, some employers prefer to recruit in their own image. They feel more comfortable with ‘a face that fits’, effectively building a business where everyone thinks and acts the same. If you are offered a job at a place like this, on the basis that you are a good match for their culture, it pays to reflect on the downsides.