Bidding Quarterly Issue 4 – The Hidden Costs of Bidding
With more than 1 in 4 people now expected to be impacted by mental health problems, there has never been a more important time to prioritise your own well-being. As the leading bid recruitment agency, we know how stressful the bid process can be.
When we decided to lead this edition of Bidding Quarterly with mental health, I was somewhat apprehensive about what we might publish, Mental health issues always seem to be in a special category of their own when it comes to being unfit to work. A bit of a taboo.
I think most of us can think of a time when we have questioned our own mental well-being; some of you might be doing it right now, Whilst help is at hand, I know from personal experience that it can be hard to seek out. To admit to mental health issues, or be self-aware enough to recognise the symptoms, is seemingly not in our basic makeup.
Bidding is without question at the higher end of the stress spectrum. It is inevitable we will be pushed beyond our comfort zones on a regular basis. But what are the hidden costs of this and in reality are you sacrificing yourself to win? Perhaps you do it because you feel the need to impress your manager or maybe you just love the thrill of winning, or perhaps you can’t afford to be out of work? Whatever your reasons, have you really considered the dangers of this cyclical self-inflicted stress?
I can relate to much of what has been written by our experts this month – by far some of the best contributions we have ever published. Whilst I learned something new from all our experts, one bit of advice really resonated with me.
Nigel Hudson gives a candid and somewhat harrowing account of what can happen if you ignore the warning signs for too long. One piece of advice he gives is particularly poignant:
“Bidders inherently give our all, but absolute focus should only be given to that which matters absolutely. We should seek to win, but not at all costs”.
– Martin Smith
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