A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a good friend that is responsible for leading her company’s HR Department. I had asked her to visit with a young lady that I had the honor of mentoring while she was in college. During our visit, my friend shared some advice with my mentee that really stood out. When my mentee asked what advice would she give others, she said “know where your lifelines are”. This advise is priceless. We always need to know who has been through similar experiences, or who knows who, or where we can find resources. It really doesn’t matter what role you have in your organization; we all need lifelines. Last month, this person reached out to me when she was having a struggle and her text read, “I am reaching out to my lifeline” … This absolutely made my day knowing how much she valued my input! I immediately responded to see if I could help. It’s more than a career when you have lifelines!
So, how do we develop lifelines? Well, we probably already have them, but may look to them as a more personal resource or relationship. The key is to establish a strategy to develop more of these lifelines in our workplace. Get to know people in the office on a more personal level, then expand our network by attending meetings outside our workplace. If we serve in HR, be part of a local SHRM chapter. Serving in mobility? There is a local chapter for WorldwideERC.
We can also find lifelines in our research with books and articles. In fact, one of my lifelines is a resource called “Mobility” magazine published by WorldwideERC. This is a great resource for mobility professionals and companies relocating candidates. In the September 2019 issue, there is a section talking about a benchmark study called “The Numbers” which is WorldwideERC’s research for US Domestic Mobility Volume and Cost Survey. The report shows the results of a large survey of 122 corporations talent mobility practitioners. It has some great insight on the following:
- Average permanent transfers?
- Do companies expect increase of decrease?
- Average costs for Lump Sum Assignments
- Types of Policies?
- Relocation Challenges?
This is a great resource for anyone responsible for managing mobility. Let me know if you would like a copy… For more information, visit WorldwideERC
What about recruiting, there are talent acquisition networks. Payroll? Yep, local payroll chapters too! There are resources for pretty much every vertical. We just need to have the courage to take action and get started.
One of my favorite chapters in my book, Find Your Lane, is called “The Carpool Lane”. This chapter is about the importance of expanding our network. We are so much more confident in our role when we know that someone we know is only phone call or text away from any challenge, benchmark needed or just some insight into our current situation.
More importantly, the more resources we have, the more people we can help.
So, where else can we find other lifelines?
- Local associations
- Conferences and more…
Lifelines are everywhere… When we read a book, or listen to a podcast. We are filled with knowledge to share with others. When we share, we establish lifelines for others. We then receive lifelines in return.
So, who is part of your lifeline? Send then a text right now, or tag them in this post and let them know. Be intentional and make today the day you started developing your lifelines!
You’ll be glad you did……………. And they will be too!
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Call to Action: Make a list of people that you trust and count on… Send them a note and let them know how much you appreciate their guidance. Where else can we find lifelines? Share below…
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Lifelines ” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and my new “Milemarkers” journal available on amazon. Both make a great gift!