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The Best 5 Tips For Conflict Resolution

Conflict ResoultionRecognizing Conflict

It is almost impossible to have a workplace without any conflict.  Conflict can be caused by a variety of factors but the root issue is that each person has an individual personality and sometimes it clashes with others.  The conflict may be focused on work issues and ideas, not the personalities, but someone may feel as those they are being attached personally.  When that happens, there are some other issues at play such as lack of trust, lack of leadership, lack of communication skills and high stress levels to name but a few, it is possible for conflict to arise.  The real problem happens when there are no strategies for conflict resolution and they escalate into unmanageable situations.  If you recognize that there is conflict in your workplace, whether you are directly involved in it or are charged with resolving it, then the following tips may be of assistance to you in order to once again create harmonious workplace relationships.

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How To Measure Job Satisfaction

Job SatisfactionJob Satisfaction Is Key To Business Success

All businesses understand the importance of employee retention.  Each employee is an investment, both in terms of time and money.  And the return on investment is very good, so long as that employee stays with the company.  This means that employers also have to ensure their staff have good job satisfaction, meaning they are less likely to jump ship.

There are a number of well-documented methods of increasing job satisfaction, such as paying a good salary, allowing for sufficient time off and a range of bonuses and other incentives.  However, measuring job satisfaction and the effectiveness of the various methods that are implemented can be somewhat more complicated.

Measuring Job Satisfaction

In most cases, job satisfaction is measured through the process of self-reporting.  This is done through questionnaires that have various scales.  A range of different measures have been developed recently, and there is quite a lot of variation between these.  Some have a stronger focus on cognitive job satisfaction, for instance, whereas others look at effective job satisfaction.  Furthermore, there are big differences between the psychometric validations of the various tests.  Let’s take a look at some of the most popular tests used today.

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Interpersonal Effectiveness Through Personal Communication

Effective Interpersonal EffectivenessA New Soft Skill: Interpersonal Effectiveness

The way we interact with others could be a reason for conflict and stress.  If this is not recognized appropriately, it can lead to escalating problematic behavior.  Too many people spend a lot of their time suppressing who they really are, what their values and goals are.  They live with feelings of guilt and anger and spend much of their time being incredibly frustrated. Much of this is directly linked to the way we speak to those around us, be that in the workplace, at home, in educational establishments, with friends, and with strangers.

It is incredibly important that we are all capable of saying no, thereby increasing our own self-respect and being able to deal with a variety of different situations in our day to day life.  This is achieved by improving our personal communication and interpersonal effectiveness.

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How To Build A Strong Corporate Culture

Corporate CultureWhy Is Corporate Culture Important? 

Corporate culture is a very hot topic. We are constantly confronted with news items of poor culture being the reason why organizations fail, or become completely unethical. Unfortunately, we don’t often see stories of positive culture working properly. However, good leaders and managers understand the importance of having a strong corporate culture, something that every employee and the customers of the company are able to sign up to.

Businesses are becoming increasingly complex and the culture has to be able to respond to this. In a recent study by Booz & Company, who conduct research on innovation every year, it was noted that results are no longer driven by research and development. Instead, what matters was that companies have a culture that supports new techniques and innovation, and that this is strategically aligned. However, how do you build a strong corporate culture? What are some of the best practices we should look into in order to ensure your organization is able to move forward towards your vision?

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5 Soft Skills You Should Develop

SoftskillsThe Emerging Importance Of Soft Skills

It is becoming abundantly clear that employers are no longer looking solely for academic skills, or professional skills.  Rather, they want to ensure that people they hire have developed their soft skills as well.

However, many people still struggle to understand what soft skills are exactly.  Additionally, they are unsure about which soft skills they should work on the most.

There are a lot of soft skills training out there, but it is important to ensure you choose the training that will serve you the most.  So what are the soft skills you should be focusing on in order to further your career the most?

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Managing Different Personality Types In The Workplace

Managing Different Personality TypesThe Difficult Job Of Managing

Managers have a very difficult role to play, not in the least the fact that they have to lead a team of people who have their own personalities, priorities and traits.  A manager needs to be creative, help people increase their efficiency and productivity and do all that in a harmonious way.  The key to achieving that is the fact that great managers know the different personalities and understand the things that motivate these people to do well at work.  Individuals have their own thinking style, their own way of processing information, communicating, and solving problems.  They find different aspects of their work motivating.  Most workplace conflicts start because of miscommunication and personality clashes.  By recognizing the different personality types, a manager should be able to create a harmonious and productive working environment.

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How To Measure Success In The Workplace

Navigating SuccessNavigating Workplace Success

Everybody wants to have success at work, but how do you know if you actually have it?  How do you know whether your efforts are paying off?  The reality is that very few businesses truly grasp how they can evaluate the things they have done and determine whether they have achieved success.

One element of this is that it is hard to know what to expect and what the definition of “success” actually is.  There isn’t a blue print or other tick box guide that explains this, so where do you start?

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Top Tips For Self Improvement

Self ImprovementStriving To Improve

Being better than what we are is something that we all strive towards.  We want to reach more, be more and generally improve ourselves.  That this is something that concerns all of us is clear by the thousands upon thousands of self-help books that are available in our book stores.  The reality is that no book can improve you.  The only thing that is able to improve yourself is you, your desire and your own will.  However, this doesn’t mean that there are no tips out there that you can’t implement in your own life.  Let’s take a look at top tips for self-improvement.

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The DiSC Work of Leaders Model and Other Leadership Models

Leadership In FocusThe Speed Of Business Is Increasing 

The speed of business seems to get faster and faster. 
Because of this, it is all too easy to focus on the here and now and to forget the systematic issues within a business that actually are at the heart of long term success.    Leadership development is one of the areas that often could do with a lot more attention.  The impact of having great leaders is a critical element to any company’s success and spans across an entire organization, including employee well-being, improved engagement, employee satisfaction, retention and productivity.

Companies face an increasing number of challenges today such as globalization, competition, continuous innovation, new technology and leadership gaps at all levels.  But the bottom line of any organization will be massively improved with a strong emphasis on leadership development.  Luckily, awareness of this is being raised and there are now various models of leadership development that are getting increasingly popular.  Let’s take a look at some of these.

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Key Features Of An Excellent Resume

Use the DiSC Profile to Improve a ResumeImprove Your Job Search With A Great Resume

Your resume is like a master key to an important door – the door to a fulfilling career.  Only when you improve your resume will your job search become truly fruitful and do you stand a better chance of ending up with a career suitable for your level of education and experience.

You need to craft your resume in a skillful way because you will struggle to get to interview without one, let alone to a job.  But what are the key features of a good resume?

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