business trust

The Truth about Multitasking at the Workplace

multitasking female managerTechnologies have made us think that we can do multiple things all at once. We send emails while on the phone, watch TV while posting Facebook updates, and text while writing business letters. People tend to think that multitasking gets the job done faster. Does it?

An article published by Peter Bergman in Harvard Business Review reports that multitasking results to a 10% decrease in IQ. 10% may not seem much, but it’s actually equal to a night’s loss of sleep. Or even worse (or better, depending on who you ask), it’s twice the effect of smoking a joint.

The same study found that there was a noticeable 40% drop in work productivity in addition to an increase in stress levels. So if you think multitasking is efficient, think again.

Before multitasking in the workplace, think twice!

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Things to Consider When Shifting From Corporate to Working at Home

Pretty girl working at homeMillennials are individuals from the generation where technology has become a great part of human life. As a result, they have grown more accustomed to the use of technology in ensuring maximum productivity. According to Forbes, millennials will comprise 36% of the American workforce, and experts project that by the year 2025, 75% of the global workforce will consist of millennials.

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5 Ways to Successfully Motivate Your Employees

what are you passionate aboutMany industries today place great importance on recruiting individuals that show the highest potential in terms of talent and skill. However, not enough effort is concentrated on retaining and developing the people they already employ. When a business fails to dedicate its time and efforts towards motivating its staff, it leads to poor performance and disgruntled employees that will likely start to seek other career opportunities to pursue. However, the right motivation can transform your staff into a dedicated force that will do everything they can to help the company rise to higher levels.

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You’ve got an interview, how should you prepare?

business tuit for interviewHave you just finished your education and searching for your first full-time job? Then, we have several great tips for you how to succeed in the job interview.

A job interview is generally a daunting experience for anyone. You can ease your worries a little by making sure you’re prepared for the event. This involves thinking about your prospective employer, the role you’re applying for, and all of the practical issues surrounding the interview itself.

You need to start thinking about the interview as soon as you possibly can, and the thought process doesn’t end until after the interview.

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The growing online recruitment sector

curriculum vitate - hiringAlex Farrell, the director at IT Job Board, mentions there is an increasing need for online professionals. This has been a good year for their site, he mentions that the biggest growth has been in the banking and financial industry sectors with 30%, working mainly with big data. Big data provides banking institutions with business strategies. Banks are now funding cloud computing to push business productivity and the growth of M-commerce for safe online transactions.

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As for Millennials… You Got it! They Want it!

performance review - graphsI just spoke at a corporate meeting this week for a client’s clients – their annual user’s conference.  It was held at one of Hyatt’s best – nice conducive digs for considering new ideas.  The audience was pretty much split right down the middle with Boomers and Millennials.  It was a perfect opportunity to talk about a number of generational differences as they relate to trust, communication and collaboration.  So I did.

 I focused on three issues affecting how we work together, build trust, and achieve collaboration.  I specifically talked about 

  • the accelerating process of change occurring in organizations,
  • key differences within our multi-generational workforce,
  • and the impact of human individuality.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a New Candidate

searching for right employeePicking the right candidate may be a difficult process, especially when you have many qualified prospects applying for a position that you have posted. Sometimes there are very little distinctions between two applicants’ resumes. How can you differentiate between two candidates? You may want to ask yourself these things before offering a position to a prospective employee:

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Understanding Why Employee Recognition Is Important

show your talent Appreciation is a basic human need. Taking the time to understand this basic psychological principle, and applying it, can have several beneficial effects for a business. All workers in a business look for appreciation through the work they do, whether it is individually, or a part of a team. Before looking at what ways a business can benefit from properly giving their employees recognition for their work, let’s take a look at how to actually give the appreciation correctly in the first place.

 

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7 Factors of Employee Engagement… what managers really need to know!

manager talking to employeeManagers too often make the mistake of judging an employee’s level of engagement, and consequently their level of commitment, based on their own (the manager’s) yardstick of “normal”.   The problem is people are all different and from a non-clinical perspective, there is no such thing as normal.  Everyone is unique and has their own distinct style of intuitive behavior.  Note I said intuitive behavior, not learned behavior.  Let me suggest that you conside  intuitive behavior to be an individual’s internal yardstick of what is normal (for them).

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The Little Blue Card

know yourself - managementDavid never got his blue card.

David is my lifelong friend from childhood. He had it tough. One of a preacher’s nine kids, he always had to be perfect. David was never allowed to make decisions: they were always made for him. So when he grew up and left home, he made lousy decisions because he didn’t know how to make good ones.

David joined the army and was injured during training, hit on the head with the steel door of an army tank. He’s never been quite the same since. He also got mixed up in using drugs, and has been a real mess his whole adult life.

Years ago, David was admitted to a mental hospital in the beautiful and serene Napa Valley. I flew out to San Francisco, rented a car, and drove to Napa to visit David. This was one of the most powerful, yet upsetting and depressing weeks of my life.

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