Work-life Balance

The Career Countdown

3, 2, 1… Let’s make 2018 the most successful year yet!

The New Year is a bit like birthdays, it’s a time to reflect on where you started and how far you’ve come. What did 2017 bring you? Did you achieve everything you wanted to do? If not, that’s okay too… That’s what 2018 is for!

I’m going to share some tips with you on how to make this New Year your most successful year yet.

Let’s get that countdown started!

10. Map out your plans

The first step is to know what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. Write down what your perfect life would look like and the steps to make it happen.

9. Mix and Mingle

Networking is a great way to put yourself out there. Meeting new people outside of your social circle can be hard for most but you need to get out of your comfort zone. Networking is a fantastic tool that helps to broaden opportunities and opens your mindset to new possibilities.

8. It’s all about presence

Do you have a skill or passion that needs to be shared? Are you an expert in your industry? Share your career journey through a blog, social media posts, video blogs or webinar. Offer to mentor others and share your experiences. If you are newer in the industry or just starting off your career, get involved in a mentoring program where you can learn from your peers in the industry. Take advantage of leaders who are open to taking the time to help you grow and develop.

7. Early bird gets the worm

Get up and do the things that make you feel great first thing in the morning. No work allowed. This is a time for exercise, journal writing, reading, meditation, painting… Anything that will get you motivated and feeling fresh for the day ahead.

6. Stay fit

We all know about the benefits of staying fit and healthy. If you don’t like exercise, you should try to find something physical that you enjoy. Swimming, hiking, dancing, boxing… Add this into your everyday routine, in the end it won’t feel like much of an effort to keep it up. You’ll look and feel good too – and there is nothing better than a confidence boost!

5. Make it happen

Stay focused and don’t worry about what others will think or say. After all, this is your journey. Be aware of what’s going on around you, look, listen and see if opportunities arise. Then back yourself and grab them with both hands!  

4. Listen

To make opportunities happen for yourself, you have to be aware of your surroundings. Listen to what is happening around you. Your manager may be struggling to complete a project - this could be your time to shine by offering to help. Always be willing to take that extra five minutes to support the people around you, you never know where it could lead.

3. Deadline your goals

“A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” ~ Robert Herjavec

Most of us need a deadline to keep our goals on track. We all need something to strive for, so make sure you create a timeline. It’s important to make sure you set realistic targets; otherwise you’ll ultimately let yourself down in the process and be stressed trying to complete your goals.

2. Show Initiative

In your plans for success, one of the most important traits you can have is initiative. Initiative is the “ability to assess and initiate things independently.” Without asking what you can do for others take a step back, look at what’s needed and offer to do that task. This is also important for managing upwards, understand your manager’s needs and expectations. By doing this you’ll be prepared in advance and can anticipate any questions or tasks your manager may have. Wouldn’t it be nice to say, that you’ve completed the task before they’ve asked?

1. Reward yourself

Most importantly, make sure to reward yourself for all your efforts. Every time you reach a new goal, acknowledge it. Give yourself that well deserved pat on the back and reward yourself something. You can start with a small treat or gift at first and then progress to bigger rewards as you tick your goals off the list. This process will ensure you stay motivated, push you to keep going and ultimately achieve your goals!

I hope 2018 is your most rewarding and successful year yet!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life. Contact Lauren directly at lauren.stuckey@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Silly Season Stress

Making the most of the festive season in the workplace

The holiday countdown has begun! And for most, this is the time when stress at home and in the workplace starts to mount… Between shopping for presents, planning catch ups, busy work schedules and work parties, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed during the Christmas season. Workers can encounter increased symptoms of perfectionism and social anxiety throughout this time of year. This means managers must remain on high alert and be conscious of their employees.

The term ‘stress less’ is much more easier said than done for most, especially in the workplace. Sometimes the festive season can increase stress on workers, due to ongoing demands to finish in time for the break. This is a good time for managers to introduce the conversation around a positive work/life balance.

It’s a good idea to implement beneficial levels of support during this time, particularly on a more social level. This could be checking in regularly to see how employees are going and thanking them for all their hard work throughout the year. When showing your appreciation and giving thanks don’t just send a generic email to everyone, but actually reach out face-to-face. Employees will appreciate the gesture and reward you through their work.  The ‘just get it done’ culture is not appropriate in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Extra support should be administrated, whether it’s cutting workloads or extending deadlines to the New Year. An alternative, is hiring additional temporary staff to take on extra work if deadlines cannot be altered.

Here are some tips and tricks for Managers to implement during the silly season:

  1. Communicate regularly with employees: adopt a “door always open” approach, remaining approachable to all employees at all times.
  2. Monitor workloads: regularly review workloads to ensure individuals aren’t handling excessive amounts of work on their own. If so, assign others to assist or if possible hire temps to take on some of the load.
  3. Don’t see stress as a weakness: stress shouldn’t be regarded as a downfall of your employees. Encourage open discussions with your team regarding pressure sources and take action if required.
  4. Be aware of change: no matter how big or how small, change always has an impact on employees. When change occurs, stress can follow. Ensure you are transparent about change with your employees and walk them through step-by-step.
  5. Share your plans: if appropriate, be open with your business strategy and share plans for the upcoming year. Let your team look forward to the New Year with you.
  6. And finally, but most importantly, encourage festive cheer! Be open to decorating the office, putting a tree up and a Secret Santa. This way your employees will look forward to the upcoming festivities but also enjoy the Christmas cheer around the office.

 

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on shannon.lippert@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

What Did You Do Last Summer?

Sun, parties, holidays… That’s summer to most people, what if you have career goals to achieve?

Do you want to have fun this summer without jeopardising your career aspirations? Well you can! The ‘party season’ is the prime opportunity to get out and join professional networking groups whilst having fun. A good place to start is to look outside of your professional circle, focus on hobbies that interest you. You will meet people that share similar interests, these people could become long term, professional contacts and friends.

Support a cause close to your heart, Volunteer at charities that will help to make a difference to others in need. Or attend charity events, you will not only feel great that you’re making a difference, but meet amazing people in the process.

Do it digital, online meet up platforms such as meetup.com bring the network to you! There are so many different groups to choose from, whether its language groups, art, culture or business groups, you can find it here. You can even create your own!

You can mix business with pleasure, I find as long as you’re armed with a plan of what you want to achieve in the holidays, then you’re on track to having your most productive and fun summer yet!

 

About the Author – Matthew James

Matthew James started his recruitment career in early 2016 at PKL Recruitment. Since then, with the training and support of both internal and external coaches he has built the confidence and skills to provide a personal service to his clients and candidates. Matthew prides himself on building relationships and embarking on a journey with his candidates to ensure a stress free and seamless process. Contact Matthew directly on matthew.james@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Burnout to Bliss

Invest in yourself and reap the rewards.

There are only 24hrs in a day, how many of these hours do you spend working? When it comes to your well-being something’s got to give.  Investing in you is imperative for your personal and professional achievements and life. If you’re feeling exhausted, stressed, unmotivated, loss of appetite, these could all be effects of burnout.

So how do you prevent this?

Analyse your daily routine. Break down your day and see how much time you spend on your own well-being. If the answer is not much at all, then introducing a new daily routine that includes some time out for you, this will help your mood, energy and concentration.

Take a break. Take your full hour lunch break outside, or if you prefer a few smaller breaks, do whatever will help recharge the batteries.

Schedule in a fitness routine. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and burnout; this keeps your body fit and healthy too.

Have a solid morning routine. No sleeping in allowed! The reason successful people get an early head start is to take some (precious) time out for themselves. The key is to not check emails or answer messages, this should be your time to exercise, meditate and write in a journal, do what motivates you most.

Sleep to succeed. As well as a morning routine, it’s a good idea to have a sleep routine that will allow you to get adequate rest and help you to wake up fresh as a daisy. By getting the sleep you need this will set you up for the next day ahead and support you in your goals.

As Arianna Huffington says “We are literally going to sleep our way to the top.”

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on shannon.lippert@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

New (Financial) Year, New You!

Because sometimes you need to push the reset button

You may have already made your new years resolutions in January; however I find that the new financial year is a great time to re-evaluate your career and push the reset button on your goals.

Here are my top 10 new financial year resolutions for 2017-18:

1. Update your resume

Even if you’re not looking for a new job, It’s always best to keep your resume current; it’s easier to update as you go along!

2. Clean up your online profiles

Are you comfortable with a potential employer seeing what’s on your Facebook or Instagram accounts? It’s a good idea to think about what career you’d like to get into, ask yourself what’s your personal brand and the image that you’d want to portray?

3. Make a wish list

What are the companies you’d like to work for? Do your research to see if the culture and values match you.

4. Widen your skillset

Taking action when it comes to your own training and development can open up plenty of doors. It’s as easy as taking short courses, webinars or workshops. Because you can never have enough skills.

5. Network

Sign up for networking groups, get you out there! You never know who you might meet. If it’s an industry-related group this is your perfect opportunity to ask questions about a career path that interest you and what you need to do to get there.

6. Find a mentor

Everyone needs a mentor, they provide the guidance, support and experience to help you to perform better at work.

7. Create a 5-year career plan

Whether it’s creating a vision board, making a list or timeline, It’s always good to get clarity on where you’d like to see yourself in the next 5 years and the steps you have to take to get there!

8. Stay fit

Exercise lowers stress, lifts your mood and keeps you healthy, need I say more!?

9. Do something scary

Yes, you read correctly! Do something scary… That means, get out there and push yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing, this could be; public speaking, meeting a new group of people, participating in extreme sports or volunteering. It’s an amazing feeling to get the heart pumping and push yourself to achieve something that you’re most afraid of!

10. Make time for play

Last but definitely not the least, in fact it’s my top resolution goal. We get so caught up in achieving, succeeding or working that we forget to have fun while we accomplish our goals… Go the beach, catch up with friends or family, play sport, do what makes you feel alive. Because, life’s too short to spend it stressing about the future!

About the author - Rachel Stefanovski

Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au

 

 

 

Celebrating Women Around The World

“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits.  The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities” – Adrienne Rich

On the 8th of March, 1908 15,000 women gathered in New York to march for women’s working rights, previously known as International Working Women’s Day. Today we call this day International Women’s Day. Nearly 110 years has passed since this march for women’s rights. As women we have came along way, but we still have a long way to go!

“Despite aspirations for more women in senior leadership roles, progress over the last 10 years has been slow. While in 2011-12 women represented close to half of the labour force as a whole (46%), and 45% of Professionals, women remain under-represented at senior levels within both the private and public sector.” – Australian Bureau of Statisics

Flexibility, when it comes to decision making and clear communication are just some reasons why women excel in leadership roles. Female leaders are renowned for being able to break down barriers through empathy and understanding; inspiring change within their teams they make great role models and positive influencers, especially in female dominated industries.

Running a company is a function of leadership, not simply gender. My goal has always been to create an inclusive and diverse workplace that exceeds expectations through creative recruitment solutions.  I have endeavored to lead by example, be a role model and believe in people. A role model? I lead by my ethics, values and pride. I was 25 years old when I started PKL Recruitment and I will never forget when I went to my bank manager to discuss my business plan.  He told me I was dreaming, 75% of small businesses went broke in their first year. PKL is still going strong 21 years later!  

Don’t be afraid to go outside your boundaries, failure is success in my eyes. Believe in yourself, your capabilities and your worth. Share your experiences and support other women through encouragement, mentoring and camaraderie. Anything is possible you just have to find a way to make it work. 

Seven years into running my business, I added a logistical challenge and moved 500kms from my head office when I married my husband who is a farmer. As a distant MD and mother of two young children the business continued to flourish as a result of collaboration and empowering my then, all female management team to step up and let them take the lead. 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and progress towards gender parity acknowledges the significant impact women make in business and our community.  We each have an important role to play in inspiring change amongst our peers and encouraging the younger generations to do the same. 

 

How are you supporting women in your community?

Sources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com https://unwomen.org.au 

 

About the Author – Phoebe Lane
Phoebe Lane is the Founder and Managing Director of PKL Recruitment. Phoebe founded PKL Recruitment in 1995 with a vision of creating meaningful differences to the lives of candidates and clients. PKL Recruitment is focused on producing high quality placements that benefit both the candidate and the client. Contact Phoebe today via LinkedIn or phoebe@pkl.com.au.

Can Mums Really Have It All?

Have you been thinking about returning to work?

Is your maternity leave almost over or are the kids getting to the age where full time school is just around the corner?  You’ve decided it’s time to get back into the workforce once again or even for the first time in your career.

The decision to return to work doesn’t have to be stressful. There are workplaces ready to welcome you and discuss flexible working arrangements which can be very exciting!

From one mum to another, here are some pros to returning to work:

Flexibility: part-time and flexible working arrangements can offer the opportunity to balance your professional career and responsibilities at home.

Career continuity: whether you return to work in your previous role, or begin in a new organisation or professional path altogether, flexible working hours offer consistent career development, improving your future career growth opportunities.

Satisfaction: being around adults and having the opportunity to socialise with colleagues and be part of work events and projects will be exciting. Some mums may also feel motivated to be financially independent. Having a steady stream of income will provide a sense of achievement and the ability to plan for the future!

When having the conversation with your manager, remember that doing what’s best for you and your family is important and realising that with forward planning and an open dialogue of expectations with the team, you can have the best of both worlds. 

Are you ready to take the step into a flexible working routine?

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life.

Perfect The ‘Balancing Act’ And Integrate Your Work And Personal Life

Advice on how to successfully manage work and personal life.

Work-life balance is a concept that we hear almost daily. It means different things to different people, with the common conversation based on achieving the infamous ‘balance’. 

But is work-life balance really achievable? 

Although it can be challenging, it is achievable to live a balanced lifestyle where both work and personal commitments are successfully managed. The difficulty in pursuing work-life balance may lie in the use of the word ‘balance’ to describe the situation. The word ‘balance’ implies a precarious juggling act with the slightest wrong move tipping the whole situation into chaos. 

Would ‘integration’ be a more appropriate word to describe managing work and personal commitments?

Integration reflects two or more aspects working together to achieve a common goal rather than a risky, balancing act that can sometimes be an uncontrollable seesaw relationship.

If you think of the situation as integrating two of the most important realms of your life, it may help you in successfully achieving ‘balance’. Integration encourages initiative and making deliberate choices. 

The key to success in work-life integration is deliberate choices. This means making sometimes challenging decisions of what opportunities you will pursue and what you will decline in order to successfully manage work and personal commitments. 

I’ve spoken with our recruitment consultants, who have integrated a successful career and personal life and here is some advice as to how we integrate our work and personal life at PKL Recruitment. 

Define what success looks like for you

What does success mean to you? Do you rely on objective metrics such as your job position, financial security or providing the best you can for your family? Or do you focus on the subjective, such as the satisfaction of solving challenging problems at work, the joy of collaborating with a clever team, or how happy you are at home?

It is important to understand what success means to you. It will never be a concrete idea. Your success will most likely change and evolve as your life changes with new roles or changes to your personal life. 
With your definition of success, you will begin to find it easier to prioritise the activities that will help you reach your goals and those that are not productive and may cause unnecessary stress or pressure. 

Build a plan and schedule time

One of the common activities that our recruitment consultants do to help them integrate their work and personal lives is planning. Planning your day and week is crucial to managing your time and will give you the opportunity to say no when needed. 

A flexible calendar with scheduled work and personal events such as client meetings, gym classes and regular exercise, reading time or dinner with friends is a great habit to manage your time. It will give you clarity as to where you are spending most of your time. If events are scheduled and planned, there is a higher likelihood that you will attend and successfully manage all your commitments. 

Proactive scheduling of both work and personal events allows you to plan time to recharge and enjoy life. Once you have focus and clarity in your schedule, you may even notice a reduction in stress levels. 

When we think about effectively integrating work and home life, it can be difficult. Life happens and plans can change, altering schedules and allocated home or work time. To achieve integration and successfully manage your commitments, flexibility is the key. Be flexible at blending your work and personal lives and you may eventually find that these two components of life aren’t so separate after all. 

So what are you waiting for? Start making deliberate choices, defining success, planning and reward yourself today!

About the Author

Rachel Stefanovski is the NSW State Manager for PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW business support and onsite divisions. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. 

If you would like more information about PKL Recruitment and to explore your opportunities as a recruitment consultant, contact Rachel today via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au.

Perfect The Balancing Act

How to get the most out of school holidays  

When it comes to planning for your children on school holidays, you can experience mixed emotions. You may be excited that you have the opportunity to spend more quality time with your children, or slightly anxious about organising activities while you are at work. 

School holidays can become challenging when you receive 4 weeks of annual leave per year, and there are 12 weeks of school holidays per year – between yourself and your partner, it is not enough.

Here are some of our best tips for our PKL Recruitment working parents on how to prepare for school holidays and perfect the balancing act: 

  • Plan ahead – consider your children’s interests and start planning holiday day camps or clubs. These are a great way to keep the kids entertained while you are at work 
  • Ask for help – grandparents, family members and even neighbours and friends are often delighted to help out and spend quality time with your children, even if it is 1 or 2 days per week 
  • Take a day off or seek flexible work arrangements – if you are unable to take the entire holiday period off, schedule annual leave days during school holidays, or work from home if possible, so you can relax with your children and ensure that they get to spend some time with you.

There are many more options out there to help working parents perfect their balancing act when it comes to school holidays. We would love to hear what our readers do during school holidays with their children! 

PKL Recruitment specialises in permanent and temporary recruitment for business administration and office support positions across a wide variety of industries. We can help you find a job flexible enough to suit your family and career aspirations.