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October 16th, 2014

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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October 14th, 2014

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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August 14th, 2014

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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August 12th, 2014

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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August 7th, 2014

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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August 5th, 2014

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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July 31st, 2014

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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July 29th, 2014

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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July 24th, 2014

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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July 22nd, 2014

SalesAvoiding Fundamental Sales Mistakes

There are thousands of different ideas on how to make effective sales.  Some people believe the only thing that matters is the end result: closing the deal.  Others believe that they can get through on charm and knowledge of a product alone.  There are even some that believe asking again and again is the only way to make a sale.  All of these people are actually wrong.  The reality is that fundamental mistakes are made in all of the approaches and that these mistakes generally happen right at the start of the process.  This is because those involved in sales are fixated on making a sale, which is the end result.  Hence, they forget all the necessary initial steps.  Let’s take a look at how to make a killer sale the right way.

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