by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA
Over the years I have encountered two distinct groups of people at work: those who believe the responsibility for their career lies with their employer (or manager) and those who believe that the responsibility is theirs.
Guess which group tends to be more successful in the long-run?
I don’t have any statistical data, but as someone who has climbed a few ladders myself and hired, promoted and mentored a good many people over the years, I can tell you which attitude is the winning one.
The definition of management is “getting things done through people”. Organizations use managers to get the things done that move their business or industry forward. Over time, technology and advancements have shifted what people do and how they do it, but for the executive management team, it’s still about accomplishing the work of the organization. This means that the eyes of the leaders are on moving the organization forward; not on any one employee’s advancement.
The question leaders are asking themselves each day is “how can we go from Point A to Point B; do it cost-effectively, efficiently and in a high-quality way?”
Employees who help to answer those questions find themselves well-positioned for long-term career success and the road to this success is built on a foundation of lifelong learning.
A February 2017 Harvard Business Review article outlined a host of benefits to lifelong learning. Not only does this habit benefit our health, wellness and personal fulfillment but in today’s ever-changing technological world, it’s a necessity.
Lifelong learning for our careers is like regular exercise for our bodies. It keeps us agile, sharp and ready for any changes that come our way. It’s much easier to recover from a career detour (e.g. downsizing or layoff) when you’re a lifelong learner and organizations are much more interested in hiring and retaining employees who are flexible and can pivot toward whatever changes come their way.
The HIM world is moving fast! Coding education and credentials are a great start to a solid career, but don’t stop there. Keep learning, keep growing. Cultivate a habit of lifelong learning and you’ll reap personal and professional benefits for years to come!
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