Recruiter’s Zeitgeist – Overcome
I am struggling.
In general, I tend to be inclined towards struggling. But, specifically, right now, I am struggling to write this newsletter. I’ve found it hard to be productive since lockdown started. I’ve found it even harder to confront the fact that I’m finding it hard to be productive because I’ve felt like somehow, for some reason, there’s extra pressure on me to be productive. To write a novel, pick up a new hobby, keep showing up to work as if nothing’s going on – ready to be a hero. Sure, it’s good to keep going, it’s good to be strong and to take this time to try new things and be productive and produce and keep going and going and going.
But it’s okay if you can’t.
It’s really understandable if you can’t. It’s really not some kind of personal failing if you need a break.
Throughout the pandemic, it’s been common to refer to frontline workers as ‘heroes’. This is certainly a well-intentioned gesture, but it may have some damaging consequences. When we call someone a hero we sort of end up distancing them from ourselves and almost making them less human. Heroes, like Batman or Wonder Woman, are super-human – they can take on any challenge, overcome any vulnerability, and even when they die it’s not permanent – they can always come back, ready to save the day again.
In reality, every frontline worker who has kept us going through this is a person just like you and me. A person who’s probably tired too and probably struggles to be productive and definitely deserves a break. Sometimes it feels like working your hardest and dedicating everything to your career is the bare minimum, rather than an impressive feat that you should be rewarded for. In an article in Psychology Today, William Sanderson points out that calling these people heroes is often used in place of actually rewarding them for the hard work – noting that ‘most underpaid frontline workers, without hesitation, would trade away the hero worship in exchange for doubling or tripling their low pay.’
Basically, being a hero isn’t always the best thing for you.
Don’t work yourself to the bone if you’re not benefiting from it – financially or mentally. You can’t always demand perfection from yourself. We live in a society that tends to value working and generating profit over everything else and where two-thirds of employees are overworking by an average of 6.3 hours a week. This doesn’t just take a toll on your mental health and lead to burnout, it also weakens your immune system. I think that the attitude of society and our working culture has to change and I believe we’re moving in that direction but until then the best place you can start is with yourself.
It can be really hard to separate yourself from this messaging and to allow yourself to rest without feeling guilty. Now, more than ever, we need to give ourselves that time. I know it’s hard, like I said, I’m struggling. But that’s okay.
TT’s top story
The folks at Celsius are probably feeling pretty heroic right now. They just raised $18.8m in an investment round led by BnkToTheFuture. Let’s all clap for them.
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So what if you’ve got resting down and you need to work on the working part?
Vogue have provided a handy list of tips on overcoming procrastination. One of their key tips is to be willing to do something badly the first time around. If you’re a perfectionist, a lot of the time you can end up putting off doing something because you’re afraid you won’t be able to do it exactly right. Psychology Today also has some advice on overcoming debilitating perfectionism and the shame that we attach to not being able to do everything.
A restaurant in Manchester received 1000 applications for one role in 24 hours
As furlough schemes come to a close, we are beginning to experience the true economic fallout of coronavirus. In an interview with the Guardian, Recruitment Director Adam Jennings says they recently received 262 applications for a role they would have been pleased to get 10 or 20 for last year. He says, “It’s really tough, and it’s likely to get worse before we see any improvement”.
In better news…
Bristol firm Upugo have moved to a four-day work week after using time tracking software to see when people are most efficient – to no one’s surprise, not much work gets done on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. Now half the staff get Monday off while the other half get Friday off. Boss Luke Sartain said they’re using increased automation to give them the increased efficiencies to do this and believes that more companies should embrace automation. We at Talent Ticker, a company that uses AI to help make your work day more efficient, agree with this statement.
App of the week
Wakie: These days it might feel like a little variety is missing from your life. If you feel the need to add some spice back in, try this app that lets you receive a wake up call from a random stranger who could be anywhere in the world. This could go well. It could go badly. Either way, it’s got to be more interesting than your alarm.
Word of the week
making a show of being morally superior to other people.
‘Following the bosses’ sanctimonious speeches about how much the company valued their hard work in these trying times, the recruiter was disappointed to find out they would not be getting a raise.’
Dog of the week
This is Tegan and in this photo she is asking to be fed some hummus. Excellent taste Tegan, hummus is good.