If 2017 was anything, it was most definitely interesting. The bids are now in for many of the big-ticket programs, and the Future Submarine program is officially up and running. The awarding of LAND 400 and SEA 5000 is imminent, and it won’t be long now until the announcement of the Information Communications and Technology Provider Arrangement (ICTPA) and Defence Support Services (DSS) panels.
What does this mean? The first half of 2018 is likely to be busier than ever!
Given that it will be a busy time with lots of opportunities, I thought that I would share some tips I have found useful for kicking off a new work year.
Ease yourself into it
Sometimes, holidays aren’t all that relaxing (people with young kids will know what I mean), and you may not be returning to work feeling refreshed and energised. Try to factor this into your return to work tempo if possible. Planning a week of evening work/social activities may not be the best idea. However, I would encourage you to get back into any positive routines right away as this will help you reacclimatise. Going to the gym or making a meal plan for the week is an excellent way to get back to normal.
Make a transition plan
Try to build some transition time into your return to work. Working from home for a day could help you get back into the right headspace and help you prioritise tasks efficiently. If working from home isn’t an option, allocate time to acclimatise in the office and get your head around where you left off. There will probably be a lot to do, and it’s likely you haven’t thought about work for a while, but don’t get overwhelmed now. Review how you finished up in 2017, understand what has cropped up since and make a plan to knock over the essential things first. Keep it simple.
Remember we’re all in the same boat
If you are still struggling with holiday mode, it’s a pretty good bet that the people around you are too. If you manage people, it may be worthwhile bearing that in mind when getting your team settled. Set realistic expectations for your team and the people around you and work together to get up and running.
Every year is different and brings with it a new set of priorities. What would you like to get out of 2018? Whether it’s refining things from last year, getting to things that were put to the side or starting on a new endeavour, take action as soon as possible. Even if the idea is not 100% formed, speaking to your boss now will put it on his/her agenda.
Don’t rush into a new opportunity
If you are looking to change jobs in 2018, don’t rush it. There will be lots of opportunity and noise in the first half of the year, so it would serve you well to do your research and engage with potential employers in an organised and constructive way. While it is an exciting time full of possibility, don’t be seduced by the first shiny penny. Do your due diligence and make sure it’s the right step for you, especially if it’s a permanent position.
Avoid the temptation to run full speed into the year before you have your footing back, and you are likely in for a great year in Defence Industry.