25 February 2014
Are your employees rolling their eyes every time you demand something from them? Are they sick and tired of their duties? Do you feel like your company is not productive enough because of your employees? Then maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit.
Have you ever thought of finding a way to engage them? Today’s business environment can only thrive if people work at their best potential.
Unfortunately, very few managers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs pay attention to the needs and wants of their staff – how can you expect results if you’re not committed enough to providing a pleasant work space for your employees? The secret to a successful enterprise is engagement, and that can only be achieved if you’re ready to make a change.
Be a useful leader:
Most business owners don’t like to get involved and they’d rather stick to giving orders. Is that such a good idea?
Do you think that just because employees fear you they will give it their best? Think again because in today’s modern environment, people who are not pleased with their jobs will leave. Successful leaders must be willing to swallow their pride and work hand in hand with their staff to boost productivity and lead their companies to the top of the pyramid. One of the best ways of getting your workers’ attention is to become an equal participant. Here’s what you can do to drive engagement:
•Organize periodic group meetings.
•Welcome the ideas of your staff.
•Encourage them to speak up their mind.
•Set up weekly brainstorming sessions.
•Provide constructive criticism.
•Admit if you’re being wrong (that proves you’re humane just like the rest of them).
Add excitement at the workplace:
A devoted business owner should always be ready to switch things up every once in a while. Working non-stop from 9 to 5 and engaging in the same routine every single day will eventually affect the creativity of your people; and let’s be honest: you need that creativity to make your company famous. Every devoted boss should add some excitement at the workplace.
Ask your employees to go home in the middle of their schedule, take them to lunch, or go bowling. Think of a smart idea and you’ll definitely manage to grab attention. You might be the world’s toughest boss but it’s nice for employees to know that you do have a softer side too.
Redecorate the workspace:
One of the best ways for a company to grab the attention of their employees is to completely redecorate their workspaces. New desks, ergonomic chairs, a relaxation room, and maybe a splash of colours will certainly appeal to the senses of your people. Include a sofa, a lunch corner, provide coffee, and make the office space more vibrant and welcoming.
As human beings, we are greatly influenced by what we see and feel. A dull work environment can’t motivate, yet a beautiful desk with nice furniture and a pleasant ambiance can really awake our creative spirit.
Organize competitions and award the best:
Another way of boosting productivity and keeping employees engaged is to organize daily competitions. It’s amazing how fast can people work when they’re bosses are willing to award their efforts. CEOs should constantly think of smart ways to make their teams stay united and thus help their companies thrive.
Lack of motivation will never lead to success – in every business domain the employees will want to make a name of themselves and strive to attain greatness. For that to happen, you must foster creativity and support their ideas.
The key to attaining success depends on communication. Major corporations are no longer creating individual offices for workers and they’d rather build joint workspaces to foster communication and bear creativity. Studies have shown that working in groups can be a lot more productive than working alone. Ergo, it’s best to sustain communication if you want results. Implement the following steps and you’ll reap great benefits:
•Conflicts must be handled with diplomacy – at some point, conflicts will emerge. Try not to start screaming at your employees and be a diplomat. Point out the mistake and together find a reasonable solution.
•Cultural differences must be respected – hiring people from all over the world is not uncommon anymore. Don’t discriminate your employees, and treat everyone equally.
•Good feedback is always welcomed
•Trust your employees
Getting your employees’ attention is something attainable without using a demanding attitude. As a manager, CEO, co-founder, or supervisor, it’s your job to make their lives at the workplace fulfilling. Shaking things up, grabbing their attention, fostering creativity, and giving them a reason to work for your company will keep them engaged.
In the long run, employee engagement will greatly boost productivity.
Source: The Undercover Recruiter.com
18 February 2014
You’ve sent in your perfectly manicured résumé and flawless cover letter. You’ve researched the company and gave brilliant responses to tough interview questions. You’re probably a strong candidate—but forget to smile, slouch in your chair or fail to make eye contact during the interview, and you could be out of the running.
A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first minute of meeting a hiring manager, and those messages make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interview. Our body language says a lot about who we are and our emotional state, and poor body language often sends a message that we are stressed or fearful.
You shouldn’t wait until you’re in the hot seat to start focusing on your body language. Be aware of your posture, your facial expressions and your gestures from the moment you arrive. The first impression you make happens before you even sit down to interview. The hiring manager will look at your face, your hair, what you’re wearing and the image you are projecting, all before you have had a chance to formally meet.
Once the interviewer greets you, make eye contact and offer a palm-to-palm handshake that is not too strong and not too weak. Keep an appropriate distance as he or she greets you. Relax your body and smile. Don’t freeze - candidates often stiffen up when they are walking in to an interview.
Once you’re in the hot seat, find an appropriate place to set down your belongings. Don’t put your briefcase or purse on your lap or on the table. Sit up straight, avoid touching your face and hair, and don’t cross your arms or hide your hands. Don’t be afraid to gesture. Gesturing shows that you’re enthusiastic and expressive. It can also help access more information in your brain and create vocal variation..
Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview.
Interview body language mistakes may tell the hiring manager that you’re flippant, scared or passive. If you’re under-qualified or you say the wrong thing, the interviewer can forgive that, but if your body language says you’re a person who doesn’t work well in stressful situations or that you’re not confident, that’s something they know they can’t change.
So how do you avoid making body language mistakes? With practice and preparation.
Practice entering and leaving a room, think about where you will put your briefcase during the interview, and plan how you will say hello and goodbye to the interviewer. Preparation for the interview often builds confidence. When you’re confident, you tend to have fewer body language issues. The hiring manager looks for ways to set a candidate apart from others. The negative differentiators, like poor and ineffective body language, help make the decision easy for the hiring manager
Before you shake hands, rise, walk up to the hiring manager with confidence, make eye contact and smile. Make sure your handshake is firm, but don’t crush the hiring manager’s hand. The secret to a great handshake is palm-to-palm contact. Slide your hand down into the web of theirs and make palm-to-palm contact. Lock thumbs with the hiring manager, and apply as much pressure as he or she does. But remember that the appropriate pressure varies from culture to culture.
Invading Personal Space
Be respectful of the hiring manager’s personal space. Don’t stand too close and certainly don’t hug them.
Crossing Your Arms
That can make you look defensive or uncomfortable. Instead, gesture with your hands. That way you’ll appear more enthusiastic and engaging.
Playing With Your Hair
It’s a stress comfort cue that can make you look childish. You don’t want to distract the hiring manager with this body language gaffe.
Sit up straight. Asymmetrical body language can make you look confused or dishonest.
Lack Of Eye Contact
It’s okay for the candidate to look away when he or she is talking - it’s normal to look around when you’re speaking because you’re accessing different parts of the brain by moving your eyes. But be attentive and make eye contact when the interviewer is speaking. Think of eye contact as a connection tool.
Looking Like You’re Not Interested
It’s fine if you have an expressive face - it makes you more likeable. But be aware of your facial expressions, and don’t check your watch or your mobile phone during the interview.
You can all too easily appear nervous or unfriendly. Smile, but keep it subtle.
Don’t touch your face, play with change in your pocket or bite your nails. Fidgeting is a distraction and a sign of anxiety.
Hiding Your Hands
Don’t sit on your hands or hide them in your lap. Place them on the arms of your chair or the desk or use them to gesture. Gesturing makes you look more expressive, and the interviewer can read how open and honest you are by looking at your hands.
7 February 2014
A job interview is always a daunting experience. The pressure to perform, show your personality, be bright and engaging, convey your skill set, all whilst being calm and collected is no easy feat.
However, with preparation, poise and a pleasant smile you’ll find the interview will go much smoother than once imagined.
Remember, you have already passed the first hurdle: the interviewer liked your CV. Now is your time to impress face to face. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks that will leave a lasting impression on your interviewer and, hopefully, secure the job in question:
•Preparation - First and foremost, to succeed in an interview, preparation is key. To be uncertain of the company, the job specification or what to expect in general, will put you at a disadvantageous position. Therefore, initially, make sure you research the role you have applied for. Why do you want to get this job? What is it that makes you excited about the role? You must show the employer that you have a passion for the position and are interested in pursuing a career in the given sector.
•Research - Secondly, research the company you are meeting. What are they like as a company: creative or corporate? Big or small? Buzzy or quiet? These are things that are important to gage prior to the interview, firstly, to work out whether you are right for the company as a whole, and secondly, to present yourself and act accordingly in the interview itself. Take a look at the company’s website to get a better insight into their recent developments and successes. Articulating this information to your interviewer will show you have initiative, as well as conveying that you have a true interest in becoming part of the team.
•Answers – A further recommendation is to prepare answers to some ‘mock’ questions. Interviewers will often ask you to define your skills or how you are as a person, and then expect you to back it up with examples. If you can ensure you have these examples to hand, you will find yourself able to answer questions confidently and without hesitation. However, potential employers want to know the real you, so make sure not to sound overly rehearsed. It is important to come across as natural and at ease.
•First impression – Research has shown that an individual will subconsciously make their mind up about another in the first 30 seconds of meeting. On that basis, a great first impression is absolutely crucial when attending an interview. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, arriving a little early to show you have good time keeping skills. On greeting the interviewer, smile warmly and give a confident handshake. Eye contact is also very important so keep a steady gaze and make sure to maintain this throughout.
•Attire – What you are wearing and how you physically present yourself will contribute to how you are first perceived, so you need to make sure you are dressed to impress. If the company is very corporate, wear a smart suit and have your hair neat and tidy. If the company is more creative, you may want to dress slightly more casual, so long as you are clean and smart. Most importantly, make sure you look and feel good, as this will reflect in your interview technique.
•Sell yourself – Once in the interview, keeping calm and answering the questions in an articulate, concise and composed manner is what matters most. Concentrate on why you are the best person for the job. Often, in the job specification, there will be a list of competencies and qualities that the potential employer is looking for. Revert back to your prepared examples here in order to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and personality to fill the position perfectly.
•Don’t panic – Be aware that not everything can be premeditated. It is likely that you will be asked a question you had neither expected nor planned for. Don’t panic and stay calm. Think the question through properly before answering whilst keeping your composure. This will be sure to impress the interviewer.
•Positivity – A positive attitude is imperative. Try not to be negative about previous roles you have had in the past as it can portray an unenthusiastic or bitter attitude to work. If you have had a negative experience with a past employer, simply say it did not work out or it was time to move on. Concentrate on your positivity and enthusiasm for the current role rather than reflecting on the past.
•Friendly – Lastly, try to keep things friendly and relaxed throughout. Building a rapport is important as it shows that you are easy to get on with. It will also give your interviewer an insight into how well you would fit in with the company and rest of the staff.
•Ask questions – Often in an interview, you will be given the chance to ask your own questions. This is your time to find out about more about the company: their culture, strengths and goals. You can also clarify anything you may not fully understand about what they do as a company or what the role encompasses. By asking questions it shows that you are inquisitive and also demonstrates your interest in the job.
•Once out of the interview, say good-bye to your interviewer, again, with a firm handshake and a smile. Tell them you look forward to hearing from them, and, if the moment seems right, ask for their business card. Once home, you could even send an email thanking them for their time. This shows how keen you are for the role and will be sure to put you in good stead with your potential employer.
By following these tips, you can really impress. Preparation, selling yourself, good body language and asking questions will all contribute towards a great interview. But most importantly, be yourself.
Source: The Undercover Recruiter
21 January 2014
These days it’s so easy to find out almost anything about a person online. Within a matter of minutes you can find out their likes, dislikes, marital status, personality, religious beliefs and much, much more.
In terms of recruitment, this means that background checks are more in-depth than ever, but the industry is divided on whether this is a good thing or not.
A survey carried out by the CIPD discovered that 2 in 5 employers do or plan to use social media sites to screen candidates, but can snooping make the hiring process more complicated? In one sense, you are being given a better insight into a candidate so you can judge whether they will be a good fit in the company or not.
However, this influx of information means that the more you know, the more you have to consider, and this sort of knowledge can tempt a hiring manager to discriminate against prospective employees.
Little things can easily put you off a candidate. Say there’s a couple of photos of them out drinking – does that mean they’ll go on a massive bender the night before an important presentation? Probably not. However if these pictures are on their LinkedIn page – then you can worry.
LinkedIn is a vital source of information for recruiters to use during the hiring process. An up-to-date LinkedIn profile is a good indicator of an engaged candidate. Check out which groups they are a member of, the type of content they share and who they’re connected to. This will give a good insight into their professional life and standards.
When it comes to Facebook, it’s a bit of a grey area. But the CIPD launched a guide on vetting candidates on social media last year, and they stated that it was important to distinguish between professional and private social media profiles (i.e. LinkedIn and Facebook). So it’s probably best to steer clear of using Facebook as a background check tool.
But, if you absolutely must snoop on there, be aware that checking candidates out on Facebook can enter you into dangerous territory as you find out more and more about their personal lives and run the risk of making a decision based on their life choices,
Twitter, on the other hand, is a very open network so it should be fine to check out a candidate on there. As it is public, their use of the site should reflect this and profanities, abuse or inappropriate pictures shared on the site should set warning bells off in the head of the hiring manager,
You can also check out how interested they are in their industry sector by the theme of their tweets, who they interact with and if they’re following your company. Always important!
As great as all of this sounds, there is a good chance that candidates will be put off at an interview if they feel that their privacy has been compromised. So stick to vetting public accounts like Twitter and LinkedIn, to avoid any issues.
Source: UK Recruiter
9 January 2014
The long term outlook for both permanent and temporary employment has strengthened, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey of employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
Asked about their plans for their permanent workforce in 2014 the report finds that:
• Almost two thirds (64%) of employers plan to hire more permanent staff in the next quarter, 9 percentage points higher than this time last year.
• More than half (56%) intend to take on make more permanent hires in the next 4-12 months, a little more than the 53% recorded in December 2012.
The outlook for use of flexible labour via recruitment agencies is also increasingly positive:
• 47% of employers say they will increase their use of agency staff in the next 3 months, compared to just 30% this time last year. In December 2012 the net balance (those planning to increase use minus those planning to decrease use) was just 16%. This month that figure is 39%, representing a marked change of intent.
• The proportion of employers planning to take on temps over the next 4-12 months has increased by 3 points since November to 33%. The net balance of 25% is 11 points higher than the 14% recorded this time last year.
Other findings include:
• Small businesses report the highest level of confidence when responses are assessed by business size.
• The skills areas in which employers expressed concerns of possible candidate shortages are education and training, and driving and distribution.
• In a sign that businesses are responding to signs of growing consumer willingness to spend, predicted demand for both permanent and temporary sales staff has increased yet again.
REC chief executive Kevin Green says:
“It's a bumper Christmas for the UK jobs market as employers indicate they intend to grow their workforces in 2014. This is good news for jobseekers. Compared to this time last year businesses are far more willing to commit to taking on more staff as they see demand for their products and services returning. The spike in demand for sales staff over the last quarter is particularly telling.”
Source: REC 23/12/13
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