When you spend a lot of time telling students and postdocs that it’s important to find work and workplaces that align with your values and are healthy, you’re met with a lot of skepticism that such places even exist.
The Gallup State of the American Worker poll says that employees find the most important recognition comes from their manager. Then everybody started recognizing each other, and it was pretty neat.
I read once that career development professionals report some of the highest levels of job satisfaction. But when you’re a career development professional, in a small office, you’re in danger of burnout from all the invisible work you’ll need to do to do the work that is expected of you. Our office has been constantly tackling the creep of ‘invisible work’, and I thought I’d talk about it.
If a university career center can’t model a healthy, high functioning work environment, who can? When I became director last October, one of my first goals was to establish an office-wide telework policy. The entire team threw themselves into defining goals and troubleshooting how to make it work. 8 months later, its a work in progress, but it’s working rather well.