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APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE

APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE

Have you ever heard someone say I don’t want to tell them how much I appreciate the work they do because it will get to their head and they would become lazy? My response to statements like that is always, put yourself in that person’s shoes and tell me how you feel when your sacrifice and effort go unnoticed or even unappreciated by your bosses or supervisors? You can tell your teammates, coworkers, and staff how much valuable they are to you and how important their contributions are to the organization, no occasion is necessary to show appreciation. In fact, little surprises and signs of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the individuals in your work life feel valued all year long.  Do not reserve your appreciation for special occasions, but make it a customary habit to thank regularly, let your employees and employers understand how much care you care for them and their contributions to the work place.

GREAT WAYS TO SHOW APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE 

PRESENT A BESPOKE GIFT: Recognize your employee/employer interests well enough to present a small gift occasionally. A cherished gift and the act of providing it will light up a day. A greeting card serves the same purpose. You can give a card for no reason at all, to celebrate a special day such as a birthday, or to offer sympathy when a coworker is ill or experiences a family death. 

GIVE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES: during the holidays give a bonus, if the company is making a ton of profit give a raise because without the hard work of the staff daily activities will be slow. Also, it is nice to give attendance bonuses once in a while as this will motivate staff to always be at work even at odd hours. 

TREAT THEM TO A MEAL: Take coworkers or staff to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let your guest pick the restaurant. Or, order pizza or lunch from a caterer or a store that delivers. Schedule a brunch for a team that has met its current goals and over-delivers on its promised timeline. Food always makes people happy.

BRING IN LITTLE SURPRISES: Gifts such as cookies or cupcakes, particularly anything edible, and unexpected are a huge hit. it gives staff members a sense of belonging and makes them feel ;like their contributions are noticed and appreciated by their boss/supervisors.

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCEMENT:  People desire possibilities for training and cross-training. They want to partake in a special committee where their capacities are observed. They like to attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at civic and philanthropic events. Do you presently have only your executives attending these events? Spread the wealth of opportunity to all employees. They will genuinely appreciate it.

ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU: always praise a job well-done and identify specific actions that you have found admirable. Either to a teammate, employee and even your boss. Show gratitude for their hard work and contributions, this will be even sincerer since you took out time to spell out details.

 Employee/employer appreciation is never out-of-place. In fact, in many organizations, it’s an uncommon service. Make your workplace the exception. Use every opportunity to display your gratitude and appreciation.

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Employment Interview

Tips For Success In An Online Job Interview

With the pandemic, it is becoming more convenient and cost-effective for employers to conduct job interviews online. Employers are realizing that virtual interviews would save the organization a lot of costs and speed up the interviewing process; allowing hiring managers to interview local and non-local prospective candidates. In this article, we will be sharing some tips for success in an online job interview.

We have broken the article into the Pre, In and Post Interview phases.

These phases will give room to prepare ahead of time and prepare your questions in advance carefully, especially if you are not conversant with online conferencing.

PRE-INTERVIEW

Pre-interview
Mock Interview

1. DECIDE ON THE BEST DEVICE TO USE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW

Determine what device is best suited for the interview (such as a computer, tablet, smartphone) For most interviews, a computer is the best option. invest in purchasing or borrowing to use for the interview.

Ask in advance all the details about this format. What format will they be using? (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). How long will the interview be? What online service are they using? How many people will be there interviewing you? Don’t expect the interviewer to volunteer much, so ask and call back a second time if you need clarification.

Protip: Phone connections might easily drop when the reception is bad. You will not look good holding your cellphone, which will shake or move around as you hold it and be annoying to the viewer. A desktop computer and laptop are better options. 

2. SELECT A LOCATION FOR THE INTERVIEW

The ideal scenario for an online interview is a quiet location in which you can shut out distractions and noises, control the lighting, and display a generic background.

Protip: Find a good spot to conduct your online interview before the D-day to make certain you’re not rushing around before the interview.. Natural light is best If possible, try to settle down near a window plus a plain wall as your backdrop.

3. PRACTICE AT LEAST ONE MOCK INTERVIEW

Under as close to identical circumstances as possible, plan an interview with a friend, colleague, or family member.

  • Predict interview questions and information to include in the answer
  • Practice answers to communicate effectively in English by exploring grammar patterns and structures, appropriate terminology and pronunciation
  • Polish up on interview etiquette
  • Don’t skimp on your interview prep.
  • Research the employer, and formulate a few questions you want to ask about the organization

Protip: Watch for your nonverbal clues and facial expressions. Get used to the camera. Focus totally on the interviewer and try to forget the camera. You do need to stare into the camera, so the viewer sees your eyes and not you looking down. Movements need to be slow. Best not to move around too much. Your poise and self-confidence are being assessed here. Be sure to exude these traits and smile often. Show interest and enthusiasm for the job

4. HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

Have an alternative plan ready if something goes wrong the day or during the interview. Make options available in the event of a network issue

Protip: Confirm with the interviewer, in advance of the interview, that you’ll switch to a phone call should technology or connection issues crop up.

INTERVIEW

Devices and Technology
Select best technology

1. DO A TEST-RUN WITH YOUR DEVICE BEFORE INTERVIEW TIME

Do a check at least an hour before your interview time. And then do another check 30 minutes before the interview time.

  •  Test:
  • Technology, connection, camera, lighting, sound and video program.

Make sure you understand how it all works. And test it all again right before the interview commences.

2. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW STARTS

Remember to turn off all apps and programs on your device; silence anything that could interfere with the interview including email notifications on your computer and your phone.

3. DRESS PROFESSIONALLY

Dress up like you would for a face-to-face interview A suit jacket and solid shirt or blouse work best as they will help you look professional.

Research the general dress code for the industry you’re interviewing in; remember, nothing too flashy or suggestive with outfits.

First impressions matter and your appearance are crucial to making a good one.

4. MAINTAIN EYE-CONTACT AT ALL TIMES

Eye contact is important even in the online environment. look directly into the webcam and stay engaged instead of looking at the person on the screen. Don’t forget to smile! Whether you are talking to an actual person or recording your answers. Sit upright and lean in a bit.

5. MAKE CONVERSATIONS

Take a Second when responding to questions from the interviewer in case the connection is weak — so that you don’t end up talking over the interviewer.

Speak in a conversational voice, just as you would in a face-to-face interview.
Have notes in front of you (off-camera) to remind you of critical issues you want to highlight, but do NOT overuse them.

POST – INTERVIEW

Interview checklist
Online interview checklist

1. LET THE INTERVIEWER LEAVE THE VIDEO BEFORE YOU

After the interview, make sure the interviewer(s) leave the meeting or conversation before you do. Do not shut down your device even if you are through with the interview.

Follow up your interview with a thank-you note to your interviewer(s).

2. FOLLOW-UP


If the interviewer makes available a hiring decision date (when your online interview wraps), do not reach out before that date. If the date comes and goes, follow-up with the interviewer.

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Employee Engagement Workplace Engagement

Employee Workplace

An employee workplace can be said to be an environment where employees go to work to get paid.

However, an employee-focused workplace is an environment where employees are honoured and taken care of that they can, in turn, take care of customers and clients.

An employee workplace should not be about attracting new employees and making the office facility look great from an outwards aesthetic perspective, but about guaranteeing a harmonious workplace in the long term.

It should be customer-centric that is, doing business in a way that focuses on providing a positive customer experience to drive profit and gain competitive advantage.

In this article, we would be sharing how organizations can make the workplace employee-centric.

Workplace Culture

Workplace Culture

Creating an employee-centric workplace does not have to be complicated, however, it should be based off data-driven observations and assumptions. As it not only addresses the needs of employees, it also highlights the fact that optimal customer experiences are directly related to the organisational environment and culture.

Workplace culture not only encourages employees to interact based on embedded attitudes and traditions, but it also considers the space where work is performed.

A company’s culture is directly tied to the employee experience; a positive workplace culture is directly tied to the other components of an employee-centric workplace, including working productivity, turnover, and general wellness or absenteeism. It is no surprise that employee wellness is one of the leading concerns for employers.

The right workplace impacts wellness; studies have proven that access to natural light, environmental control technologies that adjust temperatures and lightning, and physical wellness spaces create a healthier environment that improves employee productivity and well-being.

Strategy

Employee workplace Strategy
Strategy Board

To set up an action plan to create an employee-centric work environment, employee engagement needs to be measured and metrics gotten from the exercise need to be analysed.

A feedback tool or suggestion box should be provided for need to know that there are shortcomings within the workplace.

When common patterns and issues start to crop up across the departments, whether in terms of a process or workflow; strategies should be employed to ensure that issues are addressed promptly.

A company can improve by listening, taking action, and letting their employees be people.

Processes or procedures should be improved on. Take a look at best practices within other organisations and check if it is a good fit for theirs. This shows employees that the management is proactive and cares about their employees.

Provide a Sense of Purpose

Every organization mission and vision must define what it does and help in communicating the values of the organisation. The mission statement typically describes the short term goals and advantage and reason being in business, while the vision statement describes its long term goal.

The mission should be less about “what a company does,” and more about “how we all achieve it together.”

Purpose

Employees should be united by the common objective of finding meaning in their work. This is the single most crucial factor in creating and maintaining a positive employee culture.

Purpose is a top priority for most employees – not money and schedule flexibility. Make employees feel their job has a positive impact on others.

Be Positive and Build Employees Up

Maintain a positive attitude and build employees up. Be mindful of the moods of your employees. Positive emotions, like gratitude, joy and pride, allow you to think more creatively and work more collaboratively.

Avoid negative conversations and gossip to maintain a positive atmosphere. And if an employee’s performance is not up to par, try to find a positive solution together.

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Building People

Employees are the backbone of every business, but keeping them around can be a challenge. The key to sustenance is to create an environment that employees look forward to working in and a culture where they feel valued.