The pace of change in the world can be dizzying. Particularly when we consider the effects that digital technologies are having on the world of work. While we might be vaguely aware that big changes are coming, it can be difficult to fully grasp the challenges so we can begin preparing for an uncertain future.
How do you feel when someone says thank you? Whether it be for our efforts, or achievements, most people appreciate being told they are appreciated. Assuming sincerity in its delivery, a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way to making people feel valued and respected. According to Aon Hewitt’s 2012 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report, 90% of employees agree recognition is a key driver of their engagement.
Warren Buffet famously said “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” That’s fine if you’re considered the world’s most shrewd and successful investor, but what does that mean for us mere mortals? If we start swanning around the office, saying no to any request that comes our way, we’ll quickly become very unpopular.
Finding the right talent is essential to business growth. However, locating an individual with ambition, skills, engagement, and a penchant for fitting the company culture doesn’t just happen. Recruiting, retaining, and developing the right people for positions occurs with stellar planning and strategy development.
The post-war economy was a comparatively wonderful place. As a business, all you had to do was identify the core competencies of your organisation and aim to make those as efficient as possible in order to exploit your comparative advantage. Just set your direction, keep a firm hand on the wheel, and you’d slowly but surely grow your market and increase your margins.
There once was a time when all you needed to do to shoot up the ranks was stick around. Loyal service was rewarded with occasional pay rises, and on the job experience was more than enough for an eventual promotion. All you had to do was show up, do the work, and you were on the escalator to the top.
Getting ahead in your career takes equal measures of patience, persistence, and planning. Whether you’re after a payrise, a promotion or an opportunity to simply get your foot in the door of a new industry, it’s important to have a vision of where you’re going, and how you’ll get there. In today’s hypercompetitive job market, you need to find any edge you can, which is why formal professional development programs are so incredibly valuable.
Crises happen at work. AIM facilitator Sarb Chowdry shares 5 tips on how to respond, not react.
Ever find yourself in a stressful situation at work?
Perhaps you’re dealing with an overwhelming workload and unexpected demands on your time and energy. Perhaps it’s the sight or sound of your manager. Maybe it’s the number of unread work related emails or the subject line of a particular email. Or just thoughts of that difficult colleague or customer.
In these situations, it is important to understand the difference between being reactive or responsive.