It’s important to challenge the status quo and rock the boat every now and then. One of my main bugbears in my previous jobs has been when discussions have taken place around processes. I would frequently ask the question ‘why are we doing it that way?’ to which the inevitable answer would be ‘because that’s how we’ve always done it’ – cue straight face. This was hugely frustrating as I knew the situation could be helped by investing in new technology or coming up with a new strategy that would help alleviate pain-points. Typically though the powers that be would generally not allow this and you were fighting a losing battle.
At OX-Seven we are always looking at, and incorporating, new ways of thinking and doing things – take the new style of job adverts we are writing for example. From our perspective, and the feedback we have received so far, they are far more engaging and speak to an audience that contains a higher calibre of candidate. In our opinion, the run of the mill copy and paste job spec into a job advert days are long gone.
We also try and embrace new software, if it can provide more tools and enhance the recruitment process then why not trial it. Believe us our MD (Will) is the easiest person to sell to as he’s always seeking ways to make improvements. He may not embrace all of them long term but he’s at least willing to give them a go.
So, I’m basically saying you should be open to challenging processes and practices in your business, or even in your everyday life. Just because you’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t mean that it cannot be improved upon – afterall, if you’re not moving forward you’re standing still – and that’s kind of boring.
Technical & Engineering Consultant