Sunday, 20 June 2010

What makes a workplace (part 6)

Professional development

  • Career path
  • Training/Learning opportunities
  • Conference/seminar attendance

A chance to learn and develop new skills, being given opportunity to use those skills, and being valued appropriately.

You do want to get paid your worth, but often your financial rewards are enhanced by other means. eg. conference attendance, salary sacrifice opportunities, stylish work shirts etc. I remember one of the places Narelle worked at had a monthly prize (she won a night for two at a fancy hotel – and yes I got to go with her!)

My UniSA and ABB colleagues will surely remember I always wanted to get team t-shirts. One thing I like about working for LobsterPot Solutions is that that idea has finally been realised :-)

Perspective

I'm sure I've overlooked some things. What do you think is important?

Having considered all that, it is sobering to realise that for probably millions of people, workplace choice isn't even an option – they just do what they can to survive. I am conscious of the privilege I have had in where and how I was brought up, the education I was given and the opportunities that have been presented to me.

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