Delegation of authority is meant to be empowering. It is intended to motivate and not create an overwhelming process that leads to confused, overworked staff struggling to navigate through everyday tasks with unclear guidance. This should be our mantra to success.
I've been one in the past, and I've definitely met a few throughout the years. That week I was on sick leave but still volunteered to work from home and ended up working overtime daily without anyone asking me to do so, and without anyone praising me for it, it will always haunt me.
A disclaimer that this is definitely not a politically correct article is almost necessary here. Despite starting off with the best of intentions not to offend anyone, it might end up offending half of the workforce, including the one who wrote it. Yes, maybe I see myself in some of the behaviours below, but that is as much as I'm confessing today.
It keeps happening. Employers claim they cannot spot a suitable candidate within a pool of hundreds of applications while candidates complain they are not even given a chance for an interview even though they know to their core they tick all the boxes in the job description. Too many options and skills diversity in a market more competitive than ever as opposed to a constant nagging that “we cannot find the right people”.
Below are three of the toughest mind battles people are facing while pursuing a new career path along with an honest effort to deconstruct them and put them in their real dimension. In other words, this is an insight in all the conversations that take place in my head:
Work-life balance. Sounds great, feels comforting and seems achievable, right? You wake up in the morning fresh from an 8-hours sleep, jog with your dog, take a shower singing Sinatra, enjoy a homemade breakfast with your family, put on your flawlessly ironed work clothes and head to the office. And only after you have joyfully greeted your colleagues and prepared a hot cup of coffee do you check your emails and get on with your daily tasks.