Labor Day is an opportunity for us as a nation to recognize the hard work of Americans who have greatly contributed to our country and our pathway towards continued prosperity. The resolute, unwavering work ethic engrained in our country since its birth continues to be woven within every one of us.
While many view Labor Day as a transitional period from Summer to Fall, countless Americans remain occupied with thinking through their current employment situation, striving to transition towards a better future for their personal selves, their families and to build on a better quality of life, which makes for a happier and more dedicated employee.
Career decisions aren’t always easy, and following through with life-changing career decisions that may fall outside of one’s comfort zone is difficult yet can be rewarding beyond measure. Oftentimes, potential employees don’t know what they are getting themselves into when interviewing with a new organization, making such an imperative decision more difficult. Deciding on a new career, different co-workers and new management - these decisions garner thought, analysis and transparent employer facts to make an informed and wise decision.
SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. conveyed a relevant yet oftentimes missed truth during SHRM’s 2019 Annual Conference. “Across a lifetime, people spend almost 4,000 days at work – more than 13 years,” said Mr. Taylor. “Workplaces are where life happens.” he continued.
A career decision shouldn’t be made haphazardly. When asked about career transitions, my advice always centers on applying a premium on an organization’s history, performance metrics and, most importantly, the company’s genetic fabric. These ingredients make up company culture. Whether speaking with students entering the workforce for the first time, military members transitioning from active duty to civilian careers or seasoned professionals either transitioning within or re-entering the job market – anyone looking for their next best opportunity must pay close attention to organizational culture. And be sure that culture aligns with your values and personal mission objectives.
When people collaborate, effectively work together and foster an authentic, flourishing culture within an organization, the outcome is absolutely amazing.
This Labor Day, it is imperative that we recognize both companies and individuals focus on the culture we are building for ourselves, and the culture we are working to build together as organizations. Life offers many opportunities to serve a mission we love, sparking a common drive to wake up every morning with zealous dedication towards that purpose.