Employee retention is one of those things that keeps talent managers and leadership teams awake at night. And for good reason. The other day I caught a SiliconBeat article about tech worker unhappiness despite the wage and hiring boom we’re experiencing in Santa Clara County—the strongest job market in the nation—with San Francisco-San Mateo area the fifth-strongest. Cities still struggling with unemployment and under-employment might think us spoiled and entitled, but if you scratch the surface and explore why tech workers are feeling restless these days, it might reflect a canary in the coal mine for non-tech workers as well. Among the key findings of the TINYpulse survey of 5,000 tech workers:
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I was reminded of my 15-day rule for moving beyond setbacks from a former conference attendee who now uses this process for managing her perfectionist tendencies. She credits it for helping her to release, learn, and get closure on the emotional aspects of professional setbacks (it has always served me well). So, I thought this might be a good time to review the original post and convert it to an infographic.
The tension between deciding when to challenge a status quo and when to adapt to one certainly does keep life interesting. However, we hear less about the art of managing the creative tension associated with stepping up and outside our comfort zones—navigating an unfamiliar terrain that is oftentimes strewn with roadblocks, boulders, and pot holes—with that of getting along, being liked, and fitting in.
It's probably no coincidence that the same weekend I decide to prune my yard's over-grown bushes and pull weeds I also officially launch my newest training course Seeding Change: 60 Day Reinvention Challenge.
We all have a preferred means of managing our time. There are Planners and there are those who put things off until the last minute--the Procrastinators. A colleague of mine likes to think of himself as a mix of the two, but most of the time he’s a procrastinator until a looming deadline kicks his backside into action. I know others who plan everything out in scrupulous detail until they hit a speed bump and discover the importance of building in some flexibility.
Over the years I've had the greatest of opportunities to partner with some amazing folks, and as a Change and Transformation consultant and coach, this means that I’ve experienced different leadership and work styles. It still surprises me, though, when business leaders and managers fail to leverage the “unpolished gems” quite often right in front of them, under-utilized professionals who represent untapped potential.