In our last blog, we discussed the challenges of managers’ unconscious proximity bias, and the five questions managers should ask themselves if they want to redress the balance.

This time, we want to look at the flipside, and see what we can do to help ourselves succeed in this new hybrid working world.

Many of you may be already feeling the impacts of proximity bias; a bit stuck in your role, feeling ignored, like you are waiting around for a promotion or pay rise that seems just outside your control. Or possibly you’re suffering from the effects of burnout. Some teams have been running too fast for too long, with not enough attention being given to their wellbeing. 

The pandemic has caused many people to re-evaluate their lives, and how work fits into this. Many of the things we’ve recently experienced have shown us the importance of quality of life.

The result of this is what’s being termed as the “Great Resignation” and it’s currently everywhere in the media. Many employees are now looking around, or actively applying for new jobs. Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index survey found 41% of employees are considering leaving their current employer this year and 46% say they’re likely to move because they can now work remotely. 

So now is the perfect time to take charge of your own career, and in the words of the band, The Clash, ask yourself “Should I Stay, or Should I Go?”

If your answer is “Stay”, as movement in the workforce happens, new opportunities within your own company will also appear. Fiona Cameron recently ran a career development workshop for Nua Training, and started it off with the very challenging, but true statement

“No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility”

It’s therefore up to us to seize the opportunities and make sure we are noticed by the business and considered for new roles or projects… if that’s what we want of course. 

Here’s our top 5 tips to help you take control of your career:

  • Begin by being clear about what you want, what are you good at, and what’s your plan?
  • Develop a specialisation in areas that are important to your organisation or industry.
  • Get out of the shadows by owning your work. Take on more responsibilities and volunteer for interesting projects.
  • Track your accomplishments so you can prove your worth when you need to.
  • Build your network and get yourself a mentor or sponsor to help you to develop and build your credibility within the organisation.

 

In the words of Joel Brown who built addicted2success.com, the #1 motivation site in the world:

“Whatever you do, just don’t stand still. Make the changes you need today, so you can live the life you want, tomorrow.”

 

Tony Lamb is a Director of Nua Training and has been leading hybrid teams for over 15 years. If you found this article useful and would like to know more about how to transition your teams to a new hybrid working model, contact us at tony@nuatraining.co.uk

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