HR in Hospitality ‘Soundbites’

By Steve Williams

Keeping yourself professionally active on furlough

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

I hope you enjoyed my short video HERE.

Like many across hospitality, due to the impact of Coronavirus, I was placed on furlough in the Spring this year. This was a bit of a shock to the system, and there is of course no rule book as to how best to utilise your time, however I felt it really important to make the most of the situation. Sure, I have spent time with my immediate family, have taken over all (well, most!) of the domestic duties, and the garden has never looked better, but like many of you reading this, I also wanted to keep myself professionally active and updated.

If, like me you have been furloughed, and you have a desire to upskill with this new found time on your hands, here is a list of things that you can do!

• Sign up to, home of Success magazine. Packed full of inspiring articles, tools and tips to support with perpetually developing new skills it contains ideas and strategies to help you excel in every area of your personal and professional life.

• Check out CIPD’s Careers Hub – career tools; personality assessments; elevator pitch builders; interview preparation and much more

• Sign up to CIPD’s coronavirus hub and help prepare yourself to support your business with handling COVID19

• Upgrade your CV membership! Elevate your profile; gain recognition and credibility; build your network and so much more! You can look at the experience assessment route and studying options through the CIPD website

• Follow people and companies who inspire you on social media (e.g. Linked In)

• Comment on Linked in posts – write blogs and publish them!

• Join HR groups on social media

• Look out for free podcasts and webinars e.g. CIPD; Future of Work (Spotify); UK Hospitality

• Try and devote a percentage of your time each to your CPD…..Because you’re worth it!

• Explore free/inexpensive e learning opportunities e.g. from Open University, Linked In Learning; CIPD

• Read those inspirational, paradigm shifting HR books you always wanted to! For example :-

-Dan Pink: Drive
-Franklin Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
-Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People
-Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow
-Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit
-Chabris and Simons – The Invisible Gorilla
-Kim Scott – Radical Candour