The New Year can signal the start of some sort of change for many of us. A time for resolutions for some people and for others it often brings a new sense of determination or the desire to try something new.
In our home life this might mean:
Sometimes these are big changes and sometimes only small, but there is certainly something about the New Year which makes this a time to start ‘something’.
This can equally apply to our work life.
Sometimes when we are working with clients we can get bogged down in paperwork and meetings. Sometimes we feel as if we have been using one approach forever and haven’t made any real measurable progress. Sometimes we wake up one day and realise we are just part of a system which isn’t making any bold attempts to think outside the box and try something new.
If you feel like this it might be a good time to make a change, even if it only starts as a small change, and there’s no better time than January to make that change.
Last month I talked about the issues we can have taking a break from work (link previous article to keyword) but, how taking that break can mean you come back more focussed and determined than ever and ready to try something new.
You don’t have to be a manager to create change - we can all do this.
You don’t need extra funding to try something new - just a new way of thinking.
So where do you start?
Here are a few things to think about:
Your desk-based tasks:
Your working day:
If you are a Support Worker, you may be working with a variety of clients including:
What could you change about the way you work? Do you know enough about the client group you are working with or the individuals themselves? Can you find out more? Can you improve your knowledge in an area that will benefit your clients?
Give yourself the once over with regards to your approach. Are you tactful, sensitive and positive? Maybe the change you need to make is something like trying to turn up on time for appointments, or your organisational skills?
One of the key skills needed to be a successful support worker is your ability to relate to and understand people from all backgrounds. If you can’t do this yet, there may be some areas you need to make changes.
Even if you can only make one small change, it is an important start to the process. Sometimes we get so caught up in a system or a routine that we don’t realise there is a much better one out there that we haven’t tried yet!
Let’s make January a time for positive change – let us know how you get on!