AnonymousDeleted UserApril 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm
This Thursday, 9th April 2020, starting at 7pm, for one hour, Bukola will be facilitating a Webchat, where she will be on hand to answer any question you may have. Ask away!
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 7, 2020 at 12:14 pm
How do you best manage staff expectations (benefits, bonuses) while keeping them motivated amidst these trying times?
How do you motivate yourself to keep going in a situation where your employer makes light of your efforts and contributions to the success of the company goals.
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm
This is a great question Chibby.
To the first question on how to motivate staff and manage their expectation on bonuses and pay in these trying times, I have always found that nothing beats transparency so be transparent about the challenges the organisation is facing, the pressures they are under and how management is working hard to mitigate this.
Also as a manager being empathetic is very critical. They need to know that we are all in this together and you have to let them know you understand the impact on them and make sure you are there as a sounding board to provide advice and counsel or if they have questions you can’t answer, then commit to helping them find it.
Lastly, you have to be fair. There is nothing as galling or grating as being told we are all taking a hit with reduced bonuses or pay rises only to find out through the office grapevine (and believe me, people will talk) that some people actually are getting bonuses and pay rises. Ensure your process is fair and to the extent possible, people are treated equally and fairly. Where there are exemptions e.g. promotions, then these should be openly communicated.
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:09 pm
In response to your 2nd question on how to motivate yourself to keep going when your employer does not recognise your efforts, I will advise you to get to the bottom of the situation and find out the reason for this.
You should first start with looking at what you are contributing- sometimes, our feeling of how much we are contributing is at odds with our manager’s expectation. If you are truly satisfied that you are operating at a high level and are performing well, then I will advise that you have a conversation with your manager.
You start by saying how much you enjoy your role and how you are enjoying the challenge but that you have noticed that it seems that sometimes what you have achieved is not always recognised and frankly ask your manager how he/she thinks you are doing.
This is why I always advise people to have regular ‘performance check-ins’ so as to make sure you and your manager are on the same page and there will be no surprises further down the line.
Leave that meeting with an agreed plan of action which I call:
What can you do more of, what can you do better, what can you tweak and do differently and what can you do less of? Also schedule a follow up in a month’s time to ensure you are headed in the right direction. Good luck!
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 8, 2020 at 2:12 pm
I am a mum of two girls and I have had to take a 4 years career break to raise them, now I am actively trying to get back into work but I have found this difficult.
How can you help and how do you advise I go about it?
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:17 pm
This is a fab question, First well done on raising your girls and dedicating so much time to them. It is a great thing.
It can be challenging to return to the workplace after spending time away as sometimes it is not easy to ignore the gap on the CV and the world of work would have moved on.
Here are my tips:
– Fill the gap: Volunteering is a good way to fill the gap on the CV and build up some skills while dipping your toes back in the world of work. Even if it is for 1 or 2 days a week. There are many small businesses or local charities that will jump at the offer of help.
– Build your confidence: This is crucial as you need to project your best self at interviews. Volunteering and meeting new people will help you build confidence as is learning new skills or taking an online course [we have some in the academy that can help]
Returner program: If you are in the UK, some organisations help people return to work. It is a program that is run for some weeks/months and they will teach you digital skills, resilience and confidence skills as well as business skills and after the program, you could be offered a permanent role in the organisation. This is a low risk way of returning to work as the premise is on understanding that you have been out for a while. Examples of companies that offer this are; Deloitte, Pwc, Credit Suisse, UBS, Morgan Stanley.
Work your contacts: Tell absolutely everybody you know that you are looking to return to work and they should let you know/consider you for suitable positions.
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 9, 2020 at 12:39 pm
My question is how do I keep myself motivated while working from home? My productivity varies from day to day and I am starting to worry it may affect my performance. Thanks
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:27 pm
This is a great question and I think almost everyone is going through this at the moment given the unprecedented times we are living in. Here are my tips:
1. Be patient with yourself. These are not normal times. I read something on instagram the other day along the line of you are not working from home, you are at home in a crisis trying to work or something like that. These are extremely unusual times and it can’t be business as usual
2. Define your new normal: As much as we live in unusual times, still try and create some normalcy out of the chaos. So have some sort of routine- wake up, get dressed, eat , exercise, work, break, etc. have a schedule
3. Utilise to-do lists: This will help give you some structure and will help measure your productivity. I always say to people to attack the big stuff first and get them out of the way and then you can clear the easier tasks. Some say get the easy ones done first and power through the bigger ones using the boost you get from achieving something. Whatever works for you is fine,
4. Minimise distractions including email. We all habitually check emails but they are a huge time sucker. Close down emails and have set times for checking them. Same goes for WhatsApp, instagram, facebook, Twitter and even Linkedin. Have set times for checking them- a good friend uses a timer and once the time is up, the apps are locked away. You can lose hours going down a twitter rabbit hole!
5. Schedule regular breaks: it is a myth that the longer we work, the more productive we are. I like to work in short bursts of focused sessions followed by a break. Get outside for a walk- it recharges you. Also ensure you have a time for logging off at night and relaxing and celebrating the day’s work. For more help on this, check out the monthly masterclass section- March Masterclass was on healthy working from home tips to boost productivity and it came with an accompanying workbook which will help. All the best!
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm
Thanks for doing this. My question is how does one go about pivoting in this season? Thanks
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:35 pm
This is a very good question.
The world has changed and we face very uncertain times ahead so we all need to be thinking about how we can pivot and adapt to the new world we live in. Truth is that entire industries may soon find themselves obsolete.
1. Everyone should do a skills assessment: what are the skills you currently have and are they relevant and in demand and will they REMAIN relevant and in demand?
2. What are the skills that will be needed in the future? Deloitte did a brilliant report on the Future world of work which I recommend to everyone. Do you have those skills and how can you acquire them?
3. Which industries/companies/job roles will need my skills- the ones I have now and the ones I will acquire and what are those jobs?
4. How do I position myself NOW to be in the running to work for in those industries/for those companies/doing those job roles?
5. Who in my network can help me and what can I do to build/maintain the relationship.
Ask yourself all these questions, come up with a plan and get to work TODAY. That is how you pivot. You don’t wait for change to happen to you, anticipate the change and move accordingly.
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 9, 2020 at 4:50 pm
I have two questions for you;
1. How are you balancing career, family and stretch Academy?
2. Did you have a career mentor at the early stage of your career?
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm
In response to your 1st question- the honest answer is it is not easy. I don’t even pretend to have it all nailed down. Sometimes, I drop some balls as you would when everything is a juggling act. However I have learnt over the years that I am not a super woman neither do I aspire to be one and so I acknowledge my limitations and receive help when I need it.
My husband and I operate an equitable household so we both do everything [he does more sometimes]. I lean on my friends for help.
At work and with STRETCH Academy, I am supported by a very good team of people who understand my vision and my sometimes crazy demand for perfection and do their best to deliver the outputs.
I also don’t rest as much as I should- it is a personality flaw! But I am trying my absolute best on this and I try and schedule time to relax, watch TV, hang out with my friends and exercise. I love to cook- strangely it relaxes me and one of the good things from this awful period is that I now have time to cook everyday and I have people who will gladly eat all I cook!
In summary though, it is not easy and no one can do it alone. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for and receive help. It is a sign of strength not weakness.
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:47 pm
In response to your 2nd question, yes I was fortunate to have a mentor at the early stages of my career and it was an absolute game changer. She was worth her weight in gold and she actually taught me a lot of the things I know today.
Mentors are invaluable and if you need help attracting one, we have a free resource on our website that sets out the steps to help you attract good quality mentors. Check out https://www.careermasterclass.org/downloads/ to get it.
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm
Thank you for your time today, I appreciate the advice shared.
As a follow up; how does one transition from a IT technical role to a IT managerial role? Can you share a 3-5 year plan for such transitions?
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 7:58 pm
Hi Ola- it was a pleasure chatting at our session earlier today. In response to your question on moving from a technical role to a managerial role, this is something you need to carefully plan for and execute.
1. Make your intentions known: You should have a conversation with your manager at your appraisal that this is your medium-long term career aspiration. So many people do not define and communicate their goals and are disappointed when they don’t meet them. You need to definitely let your manager know.
2. Agree a time frame: Agree a timeframe with your manager the time frame to move into a managerial role. You should also agree the actions you will take and more importantly the actions he/she will take to help you get there. For example, if IT managers manage people, he/she could start by assigning one or two juniors to you and coach you in managing them.
3. Get a mentor: Get yourself a mentor, preferably someone who is/has been an IT manager as they will be able to teach you the ropes and advise you on how to achieve your goals based on their experience
4. Look at job specs: Look at the job descriptions of an IT manager. What is required of them? of the skills and attributes required, which do you currently have and which will you need to acquire? this will then form the basis of your development plan
5. Constantly review your plan: As I said upthread, don’t leave progression check points until formal appraisal season. constantly check in with your manager, ask for feedback and improve on any negative feedback. Check if you are heading in the right direction and if the timeframe you agreed still holds.
I am confident that with these steps, you will be on your way in no time!
For more help, download the career planning workbook which is a free resource on our website and it will help you come up with a robust action plan: https://www.careermasterclass.org/downloads/
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Great to see all the questions coming in! I am getting ready and we will start promptly at 7pm. Keep the questions coming and see you soon
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm
My question is; how do you know what salary your skill set can command and how do you negotiate for it?
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm
This is a brilliant question!
First, if you are in countries like the UK, US, Canada, Australia etc.. there are online resources that can help you determine average salaries and pay scales for different roles and different industries.
Also, specialist recruitment agencies conduct annual anonymised salary surveys which they then aggregate and publish and this usually gives a good indication of average salaries per grade per industry.
These resources are very good data points as you will always need data to support your negotiation. It is not recommended to go in to negotiations without data.
So my top three tips will be:
1. Market research as above to give you a comparator for where you are in comparison to what the market pays for similar roles, in similar industries. You need to spend time getting this right.
2. Back up your ask: provide evidence of how you are performing in your role. Feedback, recommendations, awards etc will all support this. If there have been concerns about poor performance or under performance, you should address this before making the ask.
3. What is your red line/compromise point: If you don’t get all of what you want, what are you willing to compromise on? I have advised people who have not gotten all they want in monetary terms but have been able to negotiate on other non monetary benefits. Conversely, also be quite clear on what you will not accept.
In summary, do the research backed by data, have all the evidence to hand, decide on red line/compromises and negotiate confidently.
AnonymousDeleted UserApril 10, 2020 at 10:04 am
Thank you so so much. I really appreciate your support 🙂
MemberApril 10, 2020 at 3:15 pm
You are welcome!
MemberApril 9, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Thanks all for the great session and all the insightful questions. It has been enjoyable and we will probably schedule another session soon. We will leave this thread open for a few more days to allow for comments on my responses and we will then close the thread next week.
Hope you all found it useful and see you on the next one!
In the meantime have a great Easter if you celebrate and be well
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