Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a few ideas that may help.

As I reflect on the year so far, I realise I have, along with my team, embarked on a journey.

Topics for the Harvest HR Roundtables this year have predominantly been based around ‘self-help’ topics for employers to take back to the workplace.

We’ve addressed Mental Health & Injury in the Workplace, Employee Engagement, Flexible Working Arrangements and for our next session, Harvest HR Partner, Melanie Kearsey will help us to manage mindset and provide strategies on how to be more resilient in the workplace and life in general.

These topics are not chosen at random.  In the 2019 Harvest HR Index, respondents noted Health, Safety and Wellbeing as a key HR focus.

Cultivating Resilience

No one is immune to feeling overwhelmed, tired and ‘worn out’. We are all faced with deadlines and pressure situations; it’s part of life. But when it becomes all too much, we need to listen to the warning signs and employers, we need to lead by example.

When I had drawn on all my resources in an overly committed year, I was fortunate enough to take a week off for a quick escape. It was well overdue, but it gave me clarity of thinking of what the company needed and what I needed to act on, on my return. I am now so conscious of my team and how they react to deadlines and those times we have proposals or projects that put us under the pump. That’s where flexible working arrangements come into play. If someone needs to work from home they do, or if they feel they really need a day for some R & R, it’s usually granted.

Here’s a few other ideas I have recently implemented to “keep it together”:

Find your ‘meditation’

Running is my meditation.  For you it might be yoga, walking or simply finding a few minutes each day to close your eyes. At Harvest, we’ve implemented a “healthy project”. I shared my own health vision and set some SMART goals and encouraged the team to find their own wellbeing goals which we’re tracking.

Gone are the chocolate bars (well, most of the time) and in with the fruit. We’re getting outdoors at lunchtime and are taking up Yoga.

We’ve been inspired too by our friends at Cotton On who revealed at a recent HR Roundtable that they have ‘stand up’ paddle board meetings in Corio Bay!


Read, Read, Read

Just looking through articles ‘book marked’ on my PC the other day, you know the ones ‘you are going to read later’, I reconnected with a great Forbes article titled ’10 Daily Habits That Can Actually Change Your Life’, Noma Nazish.

It talks about building simple habits for a happier and more productive life:

  • Create a morning ritual – exercise, healthy breakfast, writing in a journal.
  • Remember, 20% of the tasks yield 80% of the results!
  • Learn to single- task. Did you know only 2% of people in the world can multi-task successfully?
  • American Author Jim Rohn, says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Choose wisely!
  • Really pay attention to what others have to say, it’ll make them feel valued and may give you a fresh perspective.
  • Social media detox. Switch off your phone and laptop for a few hours to reconnect with the world around you.

Learn, Learn, Learn

It’s important to learn ways to positively engage with challenges, both on a personal level and as an employer. People make mistakes, sometimes you do need to give (or receive) negative / constructive feedback but it’s important to heed the advice but not necessarily take it personally. I love learning and I’ve been open to hear the recommendations and advice of others; which has paid dividends in the growth of my company and the contemporary offerings we continue to add.

In the words of Mel Kearsey, owner of Bloom Development Solutions …

It is not what happens to us that affects our experience, it is what we think about what happens to us that affects our experience

Life throws us challenges and curve balls.  And whilst I feel I somewhat ‘have it together’, I am really looking forward to our October 2nd, 2019 HR Roundtable, because I think we have really nailed the topic – Cultivating Resilience – this event will be a sell out!  Book now!

Maree Herath

Director - Harvest Talent Recruitment & People Solutions

With over twenty five years working in recruitment, Maree has significant global experience recruiting for some of APACs leading brands across Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

Returning to her hometown of Geelong in 2009, Maree established Harvest to bring best-practice talent acquisition and Executive search to the Geelong and South West Victoria regions.

Today, Harvest is a well-known player in the Geelong talent recruitment, Executive search and human resources field with strong experience in placing some of the region’s most difficult to fill roles.

Maree’s focus is on strategic account management and business development, but has a particular soft spot for recruiting across:

Executive search;
Oil & gas and petrochemicals;
Manufacturing and logistics;
Resources and energy; and
Life sciences.

Harvest Talent Recruitment & People Solutions

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