In the past day or so, the Ex-President of Egypt has been pronounced dead… then, not quite dead…then clinically dead… and then down with a nasty dose of man flu.
At the same time Melbourne experienced the strongest Earthquake we have had in a century! This is how it went down in our house…
My Wife: ‘What was that?’
Me: ‘What was what?
My Wife: ‘Oh, nothing.”
And finally, Frankel destroyed the Queen Anne Stakes field by 11 lengths, but still manages to avoid the greatest there ever was – or will be – Black Caviar. One word for you Frankel… Soft.
That’s right, all of that happened in the past 24 hours… So what, you say… What’s that got to do with recruitment you say… Well… nothing…absolutely nothing… I say.
The point is that during that same 24 hour period 2 of my colleagues made placements and I won a retained consulting assignment. And yet, just like the major news stories reported yesterday, we’ve moved on. We took no time to celebrate our wins. No time to enjoy our success… And that is wrong.
I blame MTV, Generation Y and Social Media. Don’t get me wrong I really like MTV and I can’t do without my Twitter and Facebook… and I like most Gen Y’s… usually on Fridays and Sunday mornings. But this insatiable appetite for instantaneous information, immediate gratification and the next big thing leaves us with very little time to appreciate the great things we do as recruiters.
I’m just finishing off my business plan for next Financial Year and I want to build in a way to celebrate EVERY win. I want to find a way to thank my staff for doing their jobs well. Yes, I have an attractive commission structure, and no unfortunately, I don’t see the value in ‘ringing a placement bell’, or doing ‘a placement dance’. But I think with all the crap we put up with as Recruiters. All of the disappointments, effort and frustration that we face on a daily basis. All of the pressure, all of the molly coddling (there’s ‘phrase of the day’ right there!), all of the massaging of egos, all of the difficult candidates, all of the difficult clients and all of the unreasonable bosses. If we can’t take time out to really celebrate placements, pat ourselves on the back and recognise good work… If we can’t do that, then we are… well… a shit industry… There… I’ve said it… and I’ll say it again… If you are doing your job well – meeting realistic billing targets and making placements. If you are doing all of that. And if you are not given time and the opportunity to celebrate each placement – then really what is the point? We are a shit industry.
I know there are businesses out there that do celebrate wins – and to be honest I’m calling on you to leave comments, let me know what you do, let me know how you are rewarded… Ok ok, you have probably worked me out, so I’ll come clean… I want your help so that I can finish my bloody business plan…It’s doing my head in!!
Seriously though, we all know that life moves pretty fast (just ask Ferris Bueller). And this is particularly so in the world of recruitment. We need to find a way to celebrate the good things that happen at work – even if it just for a little while- and I’m sure we will all enjoy our jobs much, much more…
And now, an unsolicited word of advice… Always give 100%… unless you are giving blood…
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