‘What Savings and Sabbaticals Have in Common’ Part of the Relationship with Business Series: Company Policies-Sabbaticals

A poll by the futures company found that 70% of people will choose happiness over the financial perks of a company when making an important career move. But Why? This report aim to find out and will lead the way to developing another foundation of the company.

As a result of an evolving millennial culture, we’re seeing an increasing amount of companies offering flexible work schedules, more part time roles (another foundation of the company-more coming soon!) and freelance opportunities. So how can the right strategy build a flexible, fulfilling and balanced career? Well this report aims to find out that too.

Ultimately, a happy work life directly translates into a happier life at home too so I guess it’s a win-win situation for everybody. But there’s also other factors you need to consider…

…Given the chance I’m probably right in guessing that the majority of people would take the chance of being given £1 today rather than saving 2 for tomorrow of the end of the month right? Well, believe it or not, this kind of thinking directly translates into how you think about your career.

For example, the overage American spends 100 000 hours of their life at work. This is more time than we’ll spend sleeping! But why should this be necessary? I firmly believe that your life starts with your family and home which is why part time work will be a fundamental policy of the company. Again, more coming soon! But in the mean time we have to consider why this is…one possible reason could be that the majority of people consider their career as a race to the top as quickly as possible and by any means they can. But why? As many people eventually find out, leadership is not for everyone. And so, with this line of thinking we should be considering on planning for the longer term rather than speeding down the high way and 110mph!

According to recent figures, the average age is 64 which means that you need to have the right mindset for planning that far ahead. To do this, consider a range of factors such as how will your education affect you getting a job in later life? Are you well connected? And is your family’s happiness more important than your own? Also, another factor to consider is that while accumulating wealth can be important, it’s most likely to happen in later life. So is there really any need to rush? Well according to Fetherstonhaugh, it’s more important to take your time and figure out something that will be really meaningful to you so you can become an expert in your field rather than being stuck in a job that you hate for the rest of your life.

In order to achieve this, consider the three pillars: transferable skills, meaningful experiences and ensuring relationships.

Picture this: You’re 40 years old and you’ve lost everything. Your job, your home and most of the people you love. You’ve been forced to start all over again. So, what do you so in this situation?

Well it’s best to have a lot of transferrable skills which can be used in a variety of different jobs for example, learning how to greet someone properly could be as useful in a retail environment as it could be in a sales environment. But that’s not all…education and is also essential which is why Zest and Fresh Kids will aim to give the full and proper foundations to anyone who believes in their policies.

While you’re collecting skills, you should also be working in different environments in order to gain meaningful experiences which is why we actively encourage staff to leave the company on sabbaticals in order to gain a different perspective of other cultures. Fetherstonhaugh suggests that this helps improve decision making skills and will make you more appealing to potential employers (not that you’d want to leave us anyway haha) The ultimate lesson from this book was don’t be afraid of failure (more on this coming soon!) as ultimately ‘de l’echec un vient grand sucess’ (could do with some help in translating the phrase please)

Lastly is enduring relationships in order to make a successful career. This also ties nicely with ‘the mastermind alliance’ as I like to call it. Essentially, this is creating a network of friends and business contacts who have a similar vision or way of thinking to you. They ultimately make you feel stronger, and more able to conquer your career goals.

In order to achieve this, consider what called your ‘basic contacts,’ these are the people who’ve entered your everyday life and could be anywhere from facebook to Linked in and everything in between. Contact them! Is might be the best decision you ever made!

The next level is the experts who could take action on your behalf. These people are really important as they could one day be a solution to a problem you have. In order to build and maintain good relationships with these people it’s important to readily offer your own expertise.

At the third level is critical colleagues. These people are important to you and may be a factor in deciding pay rises and promotions. Generally, these people are responsible for your ultimate happiness at work.

Finally at the fourth level are the champions. These are the group of people that are here to offer support and advice and could be anything from online support groups to mentors and teachers. In order to keep these people happy consider regular appreciation and good will gestures.


HBD eveybody!


Caretaker CEO Zest and Fresh Mental Health Service

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