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If you are aware of the environment, you've a good knowledge of organizational, social and political developments or other environmental factors within and outside your organization. You use this knowledge effectively for your own performance and for the organization where you work.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

Someone who is environmentally aware has the following characteristics:

- broad general development
- applies his knowledge within the field
- has knowledge of developments in the field
- knowledge of your own company or organization

1. Broad general development

Environmental awareness means first of all that you are broadly informed. For example, you regularly read newspapers, magazines and news sites on the Internet. You follow current affairs and talk programs on television and radio. This allows you to chat a bit about everything. You also keep track of the regional news. If you read in the city magazine that zoning plans are being changed in your area, you want to know the details. This active news gathering gives you a clear overview of what is going on at all levels of society and you are able to make a well-founded judgment about this. In conversations with others you can also substantiate your opinion with facts. For many professions it's important that you are an interesting conversation partner, for example when you've a lot of contact with customers or when you've to network regularly.

2. Applies knowledge in the field or position

You use the information that you pick up for your own position where applicable. If, for example, the government has announced a new austerity measure that relates to your industry or sector, then you investigate what consequences this measure will have for your company or your professional field and discuss it in, for example, a meeting. For example, if you work as an intermediary, you keep track of the state of the economy in the Netherlands. After all, a recession or higher unemployment reduces the number of applications for flex workers. And this ultimately influences the turnover of your employment agency. This knowledge also makes it easier to anticipate on future developments in your field.

3. Has knowledge of developments in his own field

You are also aware of the most important developments in your field. You check whether there is news that has a direct impact on your work situation. Are there, for example, trends in the temporary employment sector? What about the new collective labor agreement for flex workers? Which staffing organizations are doing well this year, and why? You can obtain this information through sites and magazines from industry organizations and other media, or through conversations with colleagues. You also have an eye for developments in related or supporting areas of work, such as the world of recruitment and selection agencies. In this way you develop a broad vision of your position and the temporary employment industry in general.

4. Knowledge of your own company or organization

You have an excellent knowledge of the ins and outs of your own company. You don't limit your view to your own duties, but you also want to read, for example, the new marketing plans that your branch manager recently presented to the regional manager. Or what exactly a future reorganization will mean for both your own and other branches. You are also aware of the formal and informal rules that apply within your company and adjust accordingly. You also know the style and appearance of the employment agency, and you know how to show it in your own work. Finally, you also have human knowledge; you feel how to deal with colleagues, because you know their different backgrounds, cultures and views. That way you yourself are a nice and honest colleague for your environment.

How do you demonstrate environmental awareness when applying?

Example: you apply for the position of policy officer Care and Welfare at a hospital. 'Environmental awareness' is one of the requirements that they set. For this position it's important that you are aware of relevant internal and external developments and anticipate them.

You read professional magazines, but you also keep track of local and national newspapers and current affairs programs. Because of this you are well informed of all developments regarding the reduction of waiting lists and the new health insurance. You can also indicate the consequences of these developments for the organization.

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