Wednesday, June 29, 2011

1 Hour, That's All

If you had an hour to tell your employer what you wanted next year to be like what would you say?

Bruce Clarke knows. As president and CEO of CAI Inc., a nonprofit human resource management firm in Raleigh, Clarke writes a column every Sunday in the Work section of the News and Observer. Last Sunday he talked about an hour conversation that could change your work and your life.

The hour isn’t a performance review. It’s your opportunity to talk with your manager about where you think you are and where you want to go. Why do you stay with the company? How can they make the things that keep you there better? If you need to move on to another opportunity how can they make your transition a positive one?

The objective in any workplace is to get everyone pulling in the same direction. That objective has never been more important than it is today.

Are you willing to show the initiative that it takes to look and plan ahead for yourself?

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