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Are We Helping You Have A Fulfilling Life? How You Answer This Is Important.

Well here we are at the final question for consideration; Are we helping you have a fulfilling life? Of the three (Are we helping you be effective in your current job? Are we helping you build a successful career? Are we helping you have a fulfilling life?) this is perhaps the most challenging.

Why, for this simple reason, you have to consider what you really want out of life and how your current job is a) helping you achieve it or b) the possibility that what you are currently doing won’t remotely get you there regardless of what management may or may not do for you.

If you feel that management isn’t helping you have a fulfilling life, and you want their assistance in balancing that out, you are going to have to be specific in what you want, and how you want them to help you. This will require you to have really thought about what you want from this job. By thinking about it I mean the following:

  • What have you done to lay out your plans for possible advancement in the company? Keep in mind this question is tightly integrated with the first two. Being effective in your current role, and helping you be successful.
  • So if you’re planning on having a long-term career with the company it only makes sense you have to develop your own plan for moving within the company, this plan should include any training you feel you will need. Don’t forget to consider the possibility of relocation.
  • This also means you are thinking about life balance.

There is also the possibility that as you contemplate this last question, you realize that working for this company is not something you wish to do long-term. If that is the case, you then need to be thinking about an exit strategy.

When putting together your exit strategy using the questions we have discussed, can provide clarity around what you will want in your next job.

© Timothy A. Wilson 2016

 

 

 

 


Are We Helping You Build A Successful Career? How Will You Answer?

The second question under consideration from our discussion on exit interviews is; Are we helping you build a successful career? The idea behind this question is to solicit how management can help you be a success during your tenure with them. Keep in mind, if you’re successful so is your manager and the company. Not to mention happy customers which lead to strong sales and great profits.

Take a moment and ask yourself this; why do you think your manager would ask you this question? Could it be, they see you as someone with high potential and want to know how they can help you succeed in the company? If that is the case, then don’t you think you owe it them and yourself to have the essence of a clear plan with goals, outcomes, and metrics? Don’t be caught flat-footed. Allow me to make a simple but effect suggestion.

Many have the belief that a successful career plan requires spending hours upon hours of planning every possible step. It is true planning is required. But not on the level, some believe. Let me suggest that you think and plan in ninety-day increments. Doing it in this manner allows you provide specific areas where you manager can assist you in your career development. It allows for measurable results along with the opportunity to make adjustments.

Good and talent people are hard to find and keeping them is important to the organization. So when you’re asked the question Are we helping you build a successful career, be ready with a response along with examples of where you could use their help. By having your ninety-day plan developed, you can provide specific areas where you can use their help. Not to mention, it opens the line of communication between you and your manager. To where she is really looking to help you, and not just asking a perfunctory question.

© Timothy A. Wilson 2016


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