Yesterday I received a call from a young man who expressed an interest in learning more about the field of career counseling. He was wondering if he had to return to school to another master’s degree in counseling, although he already had two degrees – one in communications and the other in marketing. One of his many dreams is to be on the NY Times Best Seller list since he realizes writing is a skill that must be incorporated into his next career. My answer, however, to the need for another master’s degree, was a resounding NO. In his young life, he had already racked up two advanced degrees and many hours of classes on various topics of interest to him – specifically in writing. Although he had a job that was easy enough to allow him to work fewer hours and still be paid a full-time wage, he was left wondering what was missing. He had been considering career counseling for several years but didn’t know how to get into the field, or even if it was the right fit. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. But, clearly he will want to explore his options with career counseling support before making a decision. In fact, had he done so before completing not one but two master’s programs, he would likely have chosen a more specific direction leading to an ideal career or at least much closer. In addition to completing his degrees, he had amassed a great deal of debt on his education and was blocked financially, and he was at a loss regarding what his next career move will be with the debt looming. Further along in our conversation, I told him that from my perspective, career counseling is not only a practical process, but it is also a spiritual one. I further noted that in my counseling, I subscribe to the spiritual concept of the Law of Attraction – better known as “we create our own reality” through our thoughts and through our corresponding feelings. Further, inspired action through good feeling thoughts is the only kind of action that can take us to where we are meant to be in any area of our lives, and particularly in the area of career. If we take action because we are “motivated” or because we feel desperate to do something now, it is more than likely not going to lead us anywhere. Then next day I received an e-mail from this wonderful young man. He explained to me that, after our conversation, he realized and was inspired to take an action that resulted in freeing up several thousand dollars of debt. He also realized that his thoughts had been concentrated on worrying and trying to figure out how to manage it all. After his “aha” moment, he had a shift that inspired him to go forward with an opportunity that had been presented to him a few weeks earlier. He thanked me, but more importantly, he said that he was continuing to receive inspiration. I told him that his e-mail was my “gift” for the day and that it would inspire me to create more happiness and good feelings in my life. That in turn will lead to... well who knows? My day was absolutely magnificent! In fact, at this moment I am inspired to write this article while listening to Mozart. It seems anything inspired by me in writing requires this music to help keep the flow of words coming. I use it to focus. I hope in some of this “rambling” you found a message or two “inspirational.” Career inspired action image from Bigstock
Besides payroll, one of your organization’s largest spends is probably on technology. You spent thousands of dollars to implement your new ERP system. Years later you’re still using the same version with manual compliance-related workarounds. The ERP system needs to be kept current. What do you do?
As the business continued to grow, you struggled to make the ERP system work for you. There was no written documentation for the end-users, and you created manual workarounds. Training was done verbally so end-users weren’t trained consistently, and they ended up having a lot of dirty data. In the end, the business was expending extraordinary time and effort muscling to use the ERP system, and only getting a small fraction of value.
How did this situation happen? Individuals thought the small IT group should be responsible for all technology including the ERP system. So, the business wasn’t involved as much as it should have been.
ERP stands for enterprise resource planning—the entire enterprise should be involved including finance, information security, internal audit, regulatory compliance, and legal.
ERP System Responsibilities For Each Department
Although the ERP is a system (with a significant investment), the sole responsibility cannot be put on IT. Instead, the business needs to take the lead and own the system. The ERP consists of multiple modules and those “owner” departments have a vested interest to keep the system current and to maximize using the features and functionality.
IT is responsible for understanding how the system is intended to be used.
The business is responsible for deciding what to use.
One way to break out the responsibilities is as follows:
Departments “own” their respective modules (e.g. finance, human resources, operations), which includes the internal control system
If there isn’t a separate training department, then this responsibility reverts to the business.
In the end, the business has the most to gain (or lose) by utilizing the ERP to align with the business needs and growth. Similar to the idiom it takes a village, the entire enterprise should be involved to keep the ERP and other major systems current and maximize their use.
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Did your PTO request get denied? Due to restructurings, layoffs, and crunches, companies are now buckling down on employees and their PTO. Here's my concern...
Quitting isn't going to help your situation.
If you quit because your PTO request was denied, that will, in fact, hurt your chances of getting hired. And if the economy tanks, there will be fewer jobs, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get a reference or explain why you quit.
What You Should Do If Your PTO Request Is Denied
@j.t.odonnell when your PTO request gets denied... @workitdaily @j.t.odonnell #joblife#worklife#pto#careeradvice#careerhacks#careertiktok#edutok#learnontiktok♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
When your PTO request is denied, you want to ask why.
- Why is this happening?
- What can I do to make this timeslot work?
- What would I have to do before or after?
- How can I get to the point where this could be approved?
Maybe your employer can't approve the entire time off that you're requesting, but they could approve part of it. Or maybe your boss is just worried about some coverage, but you could assist in getting that coverage. The goal is to try to work with them on that.
But if you don't get your requested PTO, I'd be really careful about taking that time off anyways or quitting, because it could hurt you and your career.
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