STRONGER TOGETHER: Why we have a "grow your own" philosophy at IMPACT

Last updated: 20/08/2021

STRONGER TOGETHER: Why we have a "grow your own" philosophy at IMPACT

By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services' Managing Director

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya talks about career growth and why it's important to support existing employees through the ranks.

As the common saying goes, you either work to live or you live to work, but does it have to be one or the other?

Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director
Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director

It can often seem that determined, career-oriented people must make sacrifices in their personal lives to achieve their goals professionally, but at IMPACT we don’t see that as the case.

We strive to support a work/life balance that offers flexible on-the-job hours as well as the opportunity for staff to further their personal and professional development.

Career growth is an important consideration for many when seeking employment, and it’s important to us that those with their sights on more senior positions are supported to achieve their goals.

Starting at an entry-level position and working through different roles offers a depth of knowledge that is hugely beneficial to the growth of an organisation.

Our not-for-profit organisation offers such diverse supports to our community that skilling our teams in their many roles is just as varied.

Our “grow your own” philosophy has seen numerous staff members engage in professional development opportunities, whether that be in further studies specific to their individual roles, or more broadly in the sense of thought leadership and management techniques.

The Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML) is a peak body association that works with people to help them become the best managers and leaders they can be.

The institute operates with a holistic approach that aims to create change beyond the workplace, into the everyday, to build a better society.

IMPACT regularly sponsors staff to enrol in the Foundation of International Leadership (FOIL) program, which is run by the IML.

The leadership programs have helped our people grow from casual staff to team leaders and managers, and it is so rewarding to see someone become more than they ever thought they could.

I am also an IMPACT success story in this regard.

I began working at IMPACT in reception, and I was supported to grow and develop into the Managing Director I am today.

IMPACT grows people.

Not just the people who enrol in our courses or those who find jobs with our employment services; not just the young parents who gain pivotal parenting knowledge or those who are assisted through a mental health condition; not just those with the NDIS who gain access to lifechanging supports or the people with a disability who gain employment at our Material Recycling Facility.

We support all of our people, through all stages of life, to improve their lives.

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