Work and the Workplace: Be Part of the Narrative

Christine Johnson on

“Let me be part of the narrative in the story they will write someday.”- Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton, An American Musical

Spring often means starting new and growth.  And for me as a consultant, I took this opportunity to redefine what I do and why I am doing it.  Read my narrative and see where my definition and your definition of the meaning of work intersect.

I have redefined my business Cued Forward to focus on both sides of the employment equation – Employers and Job Seekers – and the impact both have on creating great workplaces. Between my own passions and changes in the definition of work (ie: gig economy), it just made sense to me.

Needed a Funnel, Not a Colander

“To thrive, all businesses must focus on the art of self-disruption. . .  All disruption starts with introspection.”   – Jay Samit

For my new work, I am focusing on helping small businesses and nonprofits who have a limited HR department or no dedicated HR staff and want to make their workplaces great for the current and future employees.  Discussions, training, consulting, mentoring, sock puppets, whatever it takes.  I want to help move these organizations forward.

My “sweet spot” for job seekers is mid-career professionals who have not updated their resume in a long while or who have been in a role for years that they are not comfortable with the thought of interviewing again.  It is tough to move out of your job comfort zone (or find one for that matter).

Stop the fluff conversations about work

I also want to start a dialogue between these two groups so that what workplaces want in job candidates is more aligned with what candidates are seeking.  Why not be more aligned?   When over 50% of employees say they are looking for a new job, I feel facilitating these conversations can help.

I believe that job seekers who understand the world of today’s work make better employees.  And better employees make businesses more productive and incentivized to improve their workplaces.

Are you ready to take some action?  Here are three options to get you started:

  • Reach out to me to chat about your job search needs or your organization’s struggle to find a balance of a great workplace and great employees.
  • Join in the workplace conversation! Follow us Cued Forward on Twitter , LinkedIn, or subscribe to our mailing list.
  • Talk with others about what makes workplaces great or read this piece on fantastic workplaces.

“The culture of a workplace – an organization’s values, norms and practices – has a huge impact on our happiness and success.” – Adam Grant

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