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As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, many of us are taking opportunities to reflect on our lives. In new year's resolutions, we commit to self-improvement in the new year. Maybe you're someone that is drawn to an all-encompassing, passion driven career.  Perhaps you're someone who wants to leave work at work. In all cases, each of us has scope to make our lives at work better. Search now for 2019’s best employers.

People often talk about work-life balance.  The phrase is so thoroughly bandied about that it's almost become a cliché. But beneath the cliché is something deeper. Each of us can look after mind, body and soul at work. And while much of these efforts are down to each of us as individuals, a lot depends on our employers. As we go into a potentially uncertain, there's plenty that jobseekers can control and change.

Putting your best self forward on paper

In today's job market, the authentic application or CV is king. It will be read not just by your future boss, but by recruiters, hiring committees and their assistants. Brian DeHaff, CEO of roadmap software Aha! notes that gimmicks can seem desperate and juvenile.  Remember people will be sifting through hundreds of CVs. Make sure yours is front loaded with the skills and experience needed, and that spelling and grammar are perfect.

If you can, ask someone reliable to look it over.  Sentences should be clear, and your CV should be forwarded with a short paragraph explaining your fit for the role. Our knowledge base has great advice for brushing up your CV. And our innovative job-matching service means we can match jobs to your CV that you might not have considered. Sign up now to open new doors in your career.

After-hours communication

Smartphones are amazing things for keeping us connected.  In a work context, employers and employees alike can feel the push for constant productivity. Calls, emails and texts can spill over late into the evening.  This is objectively bad - you're likely not getting compensated for that time. The best thing to do is set expectations for yourself and your colleagues as to when you'll answer emails or calls. Then, switch off and don't answer until you're working again.

If your workplace culture insists on lots of out of hours communication, try pushing back, either individually or collectively.  And when you're interviewing, remember that you're evaluating a workplace as much as your interviewers are evaluating you. You could ask an interviewer, “what's the policy on out of hours working and communication?” Read more here about the employers we work with, and their approach to great employment.

While any workplace might have an emergency come up that requires communication after hours, that should be a rare exception. France lawmakers have gone as far as giving works a right to disconnect out of working hours. We’re impressed with their commitment to helping people live their best life – in work and out. We work with recruiters that share those ideas. Search for available vacancies now.

 

Keep work at work, in your mind.

If work is causing you anxiety, it's worth looking at your own self and at your workplace. A good therapist can help with anxiety. You can uncover the root causes of it, and learn healthier thinking patterns. Medication might also help - see your GP - and exercise is proven to be a great anxiety fighter. Just like it's important to look after your body, there is no shame in looking after your mind. You, and your employer, will benefit.

Workplace issues can also lead to after-work anxiety. Poor management, bad communication, and unequal or unfair treatment at work are frequent culprits for workplace related anxiety. Speaking up about problems, individually or collectively through a trade union, can improve processes and decrease anxiety. Ask for help, it’s there for you.

When you're hunting for a new role, it's important to find out how a workplace finds and resolves issues.  A place that says that they have no problems is very unlikely!  Ask people you know and trust what it is like to work at a potential new workplace. Read our profiles on the socially-responsible, inclusive employers we work with here.

Find smart solutions for health and wellness

Flexible working or working from home can take the burden of a commute off you - and save workplace resources.  Childcare onsite, or discounted area care for children or vulnerable adults, can support workers with care responsibilities. Access to fitness facilities, high street discounts, and workplace fitness groups improve worker health.  As you search for employment that looks after the entire you, our jobs database is a great place to start.

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