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How To Protect Staff From The Dreaded Phrase “I Give Up”

I quit post it note Sometimes in life, we don’t stick with things. It can be hard to admit especially to ourselves. I myself have started and given up on numerous projects from the untouched guitar in the corner of my room to DIY projects which get left by the wayside. Trivial pursuits like these, however, have little to no effect if abandoned. The world probably doesn’t need another mediocre guitarist! Trouble starts brewing when the same recursive pattern translates into the workplace. Employers look to recruit those with the best ideas and a thirst for innovation. Then a while down the line those high achievers can lose sight of the big project and get bogged down with the day job. Robert Kelsey tackles this fuzzy subject in his enlightening book Get Things Done: What stops smart people achieving more and how you can change. As someone closely involved with the world of Recruitment in Leeds and Bradford I  often wonder why a smart driven hard working individual would become suddenly less effective. How does someone with seemingly infinite drive suddenly leave all priorities in the dust, procrastinating and stalling plans? According to Kelsey, it definitely isn’t because they’re lazy. The answer lies simply in how their brains are wired. Any factors such as the fear of failure or simply their personality type may lead to procrastination at the workplace. Kelsey, once a financial journalist, city banker and then ultimately a PR man, claims that the act of being productive can be learnt. The difference between an overachiever and underachiever as understood by the top recruitment agencies in Leeds and Bradford isn’t just their qualifications or skill set, it’s the simple belief that something can be done. According to Kelsey,

“If you’ve got low self-esteem and poor confidence you’ll likely have a fixed mindset about your own attributes, saying things like, ‘I’m great at this but bad at that’…rather than see it as part of the learning curve and trying again,”

The Solution?

Simply reprogram your mind to have a better perception of yourself. Kelsey suggests maintaining a diary which details the way you feel about your job, the events that occur around you and the manner in which you respond to them. Evaluate these scenarios and understand what could have been done differently. Good Recruitment agencies in Leeds and Bradford like ourselves are reinforcing this and helping employees reach their goals. Imagine yourself in 10 years. Where will you be standing in your career? Don’t be afraid to dream as big and brave as you can. Don’t fret the how right now and focus on the what.  Once your goal has been established retrace your steps, think backwards and understand how you can create a path that will lead you directly to it. This breakdown will allow you to understand just what objectives you need to meet tomorrow to have that dream job in 10 years. Demystify the ultimate goal and make it concrete. Once the fear of failure isn’t clouding your mind, your goals will start seeming believable and achievable. Living on the other side of the coin isn’t easy either if you’re the employer or a Recruitment agency in Bradford or Leeds with employees stuck in a rut. You need to find out what personal goals of employees align with the business’s long-term goals.
Mark Gill

By Mark Gill

Recruitment Director with a proven record of providing world class hires at all levels of office and management positions within the Leeds Bradford region. We use our unique Headway Recruitment Platform incorporating psychometric testing to find the top candidates. If you want access to the full local talent pool get in contact with the team at Headway. We help companies achieve growth through our unique approach. This ensures the candidates we place are the perfect fit. Companies are then best placed to get the best from each individual as they understand their motivating traits. Proud to be recognised as preferred supplier for several businesses in the Sunday Times top 100 firms to work for.
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