Today, Tuesday 29th January 2019, Birmingham-based business, Work Horizons, is launching a new online service that will help people who aren’t just looking for a new job, but want to shift their career to be more fulfilling and to give them real purpose.
Work Horizons is an online membership site and social media-based community, created by career coaches and work specialists, that provides videos, articles, questionnaires and worksheets, supporting individuals as they work out what is truly important to them, and then set out to find a job or self-employment that fulfils it.
Job satisfaction has become a hot topic in recent years, with surveys from organisations including Mercer, Investors in People and Deloitte, which show that a high proportion of UK employees are unhappy in their work.
Although the UK is not unique in this, overall levels of job satisfaction are far lower here than in countries such as the USA and Germany. It may be a coincidence that both productivity and employee happiness are higher in those economies, but any good manager will recognise the impact that happiness and motivation has on staff performance.
To thrive in our work and make a real contribution to the economy, each of us needs to feel a clear sense of purpose, into which we can enthusiastically channel our energies.
Finding purpose in your work, on your own terms
In the past, one-to-one career coaching was probably the best solution for those who could afford the hourly fees. With Work Horizons we want to help a far wider group of people to explore their priorities in life, to identify suitable vocations and obtain advice and support through the challenges of job hunting.
Our aim is to provide 80% of the benefits of career coaching for a fraction of the cost.
As well as people who are frustrated in their work, we are aiming to support those looking to return to paid employment, for example after maternity/paternity time or having cared for an older family member.
Using various media such as articles, videos, questionnaires and templates, Work Horizons allows people to thoroughly test their aspirations and behaviours. If they are honest with themselves, they can create a realistic plan and put it into practice.
Work Horizons provides resources to support those who are considering self-employment as well as traditional career roles. We recognise that the first days and weeks in a new role are some of the most challenging, so include resources to help new employees survive and thrive.
Rob Ball, a senior HR professional and coach and one of the directors of Work Horizons, commented:
“It’s not just millennials who want more out of work than a salary. We are seeing how people of all ages are looking for work that feels worthwhile and is aligned with their values. These kinds of people make fantastic employees, as they don’t drag their heels in to work, they bounce out of bed in the morning, motivated to tackle the next challenge.
“At Work Horizons the thing that motivates us is helping people to work out what they really want from their career, to ask themselves the right questions and help them go out and find a job or self-employment that delivers.
“We all have personal responsibilities, such as mortgages, family and debts, so this isn’t a call for anyone to jettison their present life but to realise the possibilities waiting for them.”
About Work Horizons
Work Horizons is based in Birmingham, UK. It was founded in 2017 by a team with career coaching, senior HR and digital media experience. Following a period of development and user testing the service was offered to the general public in January 2019.
See it in action at workhorizons.com
For more information please call Rob Ball on 07850 954075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org