Working for yourself can be a tricky affair. For starters, you’re never really working for yourself. What you really mean to say is that you are working for everyone else so that they can take relaxing holidays and buy expensive looking gifts from the Chinese shop down the road.
Okay, so before you think I’m about to reveal whether I’m a butterfly, hornet or slug, let me explain why I’m even getting into this. It started last week after attending a great talk by Barrie Bramley on Social Networking, hosted by Acsis Financial Planning in Cape Town.
I read an article recently that got me thinking about a trend that is fast emerging as one of the most important questions on the minds of workers across the world. I’m talking about the ever elusive “work-life balance”. It was made even more vivid to me, when I visited a few branches of a well known national brand, and the same question was being considered. Is it possible to build a competitive edge with people when work and life are not balanced?
This may come as a surprise to you but there are a lot of jobs out there. Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly the kind of job you’re looking for, but believe me, in some sectors, there are too many vacancies for too few people. A while back I was part of a team that researched the skills scenario in the engineering sector with special focus on the oil and gas industry. We identified then that there was a major skills shortage and that jobs could not be filled. The demand was simply greater than the supply.